Individual Solution-Focused Counseling
Solution-focused counseling offers great promise as a practical, cooperative approach that shifts the focus from what’s wrong to what’s working with students. The input and strengths of students are actively sought and applied toward solutions. This positive focus is effective in engaging student’s attention and motivation and in resolving problems as soon as possible.
Solution-focused counseling is based on the notion that the professional school counselor works for the student, not the other way around. Outcomes are enhanced when we conform to students instead of expecting them to conform to us. The counselor can partner with students in setting goals, selecting interventions, and evaluating outcomes. Students are much more willing to work toward personally meaningful goals than goals imposed on them by others.