Required Preparation for
Getting to Solutions: The Heart of Counseling
In preparation for Getting to Solutions: The Heart of Counseling, we ask you to complete the following tasks. This preparation will be the foundation of the course, and extremely helpful in my planning.
The VIA Character Strength Assessment. If you have done it previously, feel free to utilize your results from before or take it again if you are curious how much it changed.
Respond to our survey about your background and strengths.
Watch Martin Seligman @ Ted Talks: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=igpqyuw6GLw
READ (linked in PDF)
Be prepared to share what was confirmed for you and what surprised you from the readings.
Counseling in Schools and Other Settings
Solution-Focused Brief Therapy: Overview and Implications for School Counselors
One case study — As part of the course we will be reviewing "case studies” together in small groups. It does not need to be a counseling issue and could be in the broader educational context involving you in a helping role. Using whatever template you are comfortable with, record all relevant information about a student you have worked with that had specific identifiable issues they were trying to change, how you addressed the issues with the student, the current status of the situation, and any questions you may have for the group about further actions.
A laptop (required) — Your course materials are digital. Hard copies of the materials will not be available on site. Participants are required to bring a laptop computer with appropriate adapters and wireless internet capability to this course. If you are bringing a school laptop or one you are not familiar with, be sure to have the settings checked and be familiar with any passwords required to access wireless internet and to download software. Click here for more information about iPads and tablets. Chromebook users can use the free Kami extension to annotate.
Download Adobe Acrobat Reader DC now in order to be able to access your materials properly.
Watch a short video to prepare for your course.