Creative Strategies for School Problems
192 pages
ISBN: 9780393701906

Creative Strategies for School Problems: Solutions for Psychologists and Teachers

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Michael Durrant Australian author

Intended for school psychologists, counselors, and social workers, teachers, and therapists who work with school systems, this book presents both a philosophy and numerous practical strategies for handling behavioural problems presented by students.

Ideas from various brief therapies provide a framework that offers school personnel creative and efficient ways to deal with those situations in which they often get "stuck". While students behavioural or emotional difficulties may be related to family or personality factors, teachers or counselors can do little about those. Whatever the "cause" of students behaviour, school personnel must deal with, or modify, behaviour that disrupts the educational routine. Consequently, this book focuses on what to do, rather than what caused it.

After sharing some thoughts about typical assumptions brought to contacts with students, Michael Durrant demonstrates strategies for assessment, setting goals, intervening in problem behaviours, highlighting change, and shifting the focus from present problems to future solutions. The strategies described can be used in formal counseling, in classrooms, in consultation with teachers, and in helping the school system as a whole respond differently to students. Throughout there are numerous examples of this competency-based approach at work in real school settings.