1st Edition

Solution Focused Brief Therapy in Alternative Schools Ensuring Student Success and Preventing Dropout

    188 Pages
    by Routledge

    188 Pages
    by Routledge

    Solution Focused Brief Therapy in Alternative Schools (SFBT) provides a step-by-step guide for how school social workers and counselors can work with other school professionals to create an effective solution focused dropout prevention program. Along with illustrative cases and detailed explanations, the authors detail the curriculum and day-to-day operations of a solution focused dropout prevention program by drawing on the experiences of a school that uses this approach.

    1. Solutions Not Problems  2. Strategies for a Solution Focused Dropout Prevention Program for At-Risk Adolescents  3. How to Create a Solution Focused Student Services Team  4. How to Build Cooperative, Solution Focused Relationships with At-risk Adolescents  5. Creating Goals, Positive Emotion and Expectancies with At-risk Adolescents  6. The Nuts and Bolts of Curriculum and Instruction  7. Sustainability and Success Over Time


    Cynthia Franklin, PhD, LCSW, is Associate Dean for Doctoral Education, Stiernberg/Spencer Family Professor in Mental Health at the Steve Hicks School of Social Work at The University of Texas at Austin, and an international expert on solution focused brief therapy.

    Calvin L. Streeter, PhD, is Meadows Foundation Centennial Professor in the Quality of Life in Rural Environment at the Steve Hicks School of Social Work at The University of Texas at Austin, and an expert in community-based practice.

    Linda Webb, PhD, is Principal of Gonzalo Garza Independence High School and known internationally for the outstanding contributions to solution focused classrooms and for her leadership in transforming urban schools.

    Samantha Guz, MSSW, LSW, is a graduate of the Steve Hicks School of Social Work at The University of Texas at Austin and is a social work practitioner with expertise in at-risk youths in schools.

    "Dr. Franklin and her coauthors have written a book that details an empirically supported, inspirational, and practical approach to providing education to at-risk youth. This book will provide educators, administrators, social workers, school counselors and psychologists with tools and tips for doing their job better. It will provide hope for parents who have struggled to find a better way to educate their child."

    Jonathan B. Singer, Ph.D., LCSW; Associate professor of social work Loyola University Chicago; Author of Suicide in Schools: A Practitioner's Guide to Multi-level Prevention, Assessment, Intervention, and Postvention

    "A practical blueprint for transforming the way secondary schools and staff respond to struggling students by shifting the focus from what is wrong or missing with students to what is right and working. Based on their extensive experience with a school that has made such a transformation, the authors offer detailed instructions and illustrations to help you implement a successful dropout prevention program in your setting."

    John J. Murphy, Ph.D.; Professor and Licensed Psychologist, University of Central Arkansas; Author of Solution-Focused Counseling in Schools