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“What a gift to education! By practicing the ideas in this book, school counselors everywhere can help create new descriptions and stories that will transform the academic lives and behaviors of their students.”

—Linda Metcalf, Author

Counseling Toward Solutions and Solution–Focused School Counseling

Promote students' respect for themselves and others through narrative interventions!

Narrative counseling is based on the premise that stories, rather than hard-nosed realities, shape our lives. By changing the stories that negatively label and define students, we help them open up new avenues and opportunities.

In this second edition of their best-selling book, John Winslade and Gerald Monk present even more case studies, guidance, and examples of counseling practice to help students narrate stories that “redescribe” who they are and can be. Mindful that today's busy counselors need effective and brief techniques, the authors make plain the steps with which counselors can externalize problems and draw out student self-knowledge to inform new ways of identifying and behaving. Updated throughout, this new edition offers:

An exploration of ethically sound accountability practices; Potential obstacles and suggestions for overcoming them; Guidance to help students set goals; Applications of narrative ideas to restorative justice; An expanded section on group work, specifically focusing on anger management and grief counseling

Grounded in a deep respect for students, this book's principles and practices will enable students to choose for themselves the new reputations by which they'll be known.

Reworking Reputations
Reworking reputations

In this chapter, we look more closely at the work done by language to shape children's experience of school. How people get described is often part of the problem that brings them to counseling. A narrative perspective asks us to think carefully about how words are used and how they operate on us. It also offers us some tools to shift the conversation by speaking a little differently. This chapter will include examples of how to get a purchase on such shifts in order to give young people a say in how they are described and in how they come to think of themselves.

The Discourse of Schooling
Problematic Talk in the Teachers' Lounge

Imagine a conversation in the teachers' lounge in which a particular ...

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