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Narrative Counseling in Schools

Narrative Counseling in Schools
Powerful & Brief

Second Edition

Other Titles in:
School Counselling

February 2007 | 208 pages | Corwin
'What a gift to education! By practicing the ideas in this book, school counsellors everywhere can help create new descriptions and stories that will transform the academic lives and behaviours of their students' - Linda Metcalf, Author of Counseling Toward Solutions and Solution-Focused School Counseling

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

o An exploration of ethically sound accountability practices

o Potential obstacles and suggestions for overcoming them

o Guidance to help students set goals

o Suggestions for implementing methods of restorative justice

o An expanded section on group work in the United States, specifically focusing on anger management and grief counselling

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.

About the Authors
1. What Is Narrative Counseling All About?
We Live Through Stories

A Narrative Counseling Scenario

2. Doing Narrative Counseling: A Step-by-Step Guide
A Learning Guide

Obstacles to Narrative Practice

Counselor as Collaborator

Starting Assumptions

Attitudes to Bring Into the Room

Specific Narrative Methods

3. Reworking Reputations
The Discourse of Schooling

School Descriptions

The Power of the Teacher

Deficit Discourse


4. Conversations With Kids Who Are "In Trouble"
Trouble With Stealing

Trouble in the Classroom

Trouble With ADHD: A SMART Approach

Trouble With Abusive Behavior

Trouble With Truancy

Trouble Enrolling a New Student

Restorative Practices

Counseling and Discipline

5. Working in a Narrative Way With Groups, Classes, and Communities: Beyond an Exclusive Focus on the Individiual
Accountability Practices

Working With the Larger School Community

Building Communities of Concern

Group Work Programs

Working With a Whole Class

Classroom Guidance Lessons

Starting Conversations With a School

Reading List

"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. Not only will schools be practicing what they have been preaching in the way of promoting respect from their students, they will receive that respect back in return."

Linda Metcalf, Author
Counseling Toward Solutions

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