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Solution-Focused Counseling in Schools
"All of my counselors came to me to thank me for providing such an outstanding presenter. This very seldom occurs when staff development is offered. They also shared that they were going to view their job as counselors from a new perspective. Basically, I can summarize by saying that he was a HIT.  Thank you for working with me to locate such an outstanding presenter."
–– Karen M. Wood, Ed.D

Workshop Description
This workshop focuses on practical, solution-oriented techniques that are easily implemented in the time-conscious school environment. Through the use of humor and energetic teaching, the presenter introduces participants to an efficient model of counseling designed to move students toward positive change.

Learning Objectives
After attending this workshop, participants should be able to: 
  1. Utilize language and a “yes-set” vocabulary to enhance student success.
  2. Identify achievable student goals.
  3. Enable students to identify their own solutions and facilitate change.
  4. Immediately implement flexible solution-focused techniques.
  5. Maximize the effectiveness of single counseling sessions.
Paul E. Barnes, Ph.D., LMHP works full-time at the University of Nebraska-Omaha, where he has served as an associate professor, counseling department chairperson, and as associate dean for the College of Education. He is a recipient of the College of Education's Outstanding Teaching Award. A former president of the Nebraska School Counselor Association, Barnes has taught solution-focused techniques to school counselors, teachers, graduate students and mentors across the United States and has practiced solution-focused techniques with adolescents for more than 17 years. He is a former high school teacher, middle and high school counselor and a supervisor of school counselor candidates.

Schedule: Full day training; 0.6 CEUs available to attendees

Cost: $3,000* for full day
*In circumstances requiring extensive travel arrangements, additional fees may apply.  

To bring this professional development workshop to your district, e-mail Jennifer Walsh