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This book seeks to offer a user-friendly, practical guide on school-based mental health counseling approaches for K-12 school counselors, psychologists, and other mental health professionals. Highlighting best practices, this book will explain how these educators can provide counseling in the secondary and tertiary prevention levels of the Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) and Response to Intervention (RTI) frameworks. Informative and research-based, this book is tailored for busy professionals.

Developing Clinical Skills
Developing clinical skills

With the strong emphasis on evidence-based interventions in research, laws, and professional guidelines, the topic of “common factors” in counseling or psychotherapy is easily neglected. Common factors are the basic processes that all therapies share, such as showing empathy and acceptance to the client, providing support, and developing goals and activities with the expectation of progress. It is recommended that counselors design and implement evidence-based interventions based on quality functional assessments of students’ needs. Practitioners should also remember the counselor's ability to establish therapeutic relationships with clients is central to providing effective therapeutic services.

This chapter examines ways school-based mental health professionals can access or utilize common factors and, more broadly, the sources of change in therapy. In short, practitioners can ...

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