Applied Theories and Techniques in International School Counseling

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Course Description

Discover Key Intervention Responses to Finding Individual Solutions

Departing from the case-study format, this course offers students an opportunity to learn and practice new skills in a safe environment. Solution Focused Brief Counseling allows students real strategies that they can experiment within their own practice during this condensed course. The main mode of instruction for this course is roleplay, practice and reflection

Course Details

Number of Units: 1.0 graduate level extension credit(s) in semester hours

Who Should Attend: This course provides continuing education for:

  • Candidates who wish to work or are employed as school counselors in international schools
  • Recent graduates, career changers, aspiring counselors, and educators who wish to develop their competencies in the field of school counseling

Course Materials: All students will be supplied with access to materials via Google Drive. The Google Drive contains additional required reading materials which will be updated often. The instructor will give a week's notice before covering them in class. The following list of recommended texts are provided to assist students in building a professional library, but may not be explicitly covered in class.

Texts, Solution-Focused Counseling in Schools (3rd edition) by John J. Murphy available at or your local bookstore

International Handbook for Policy Research on School-Based Counseling by John C. Carey, Belinda Harris, et. al available at or your local bookstore

Course Meetings:  This is a one week intensive course with Daily zoom meetings. The Instructor will reach out with an introduction email 48 hours prior to your first course meeting.

Refund Policy: To receive a refund, students need to drop the course at through their student account portal before midnight (11:59PT) on the third day of the course. The refund of the course fee will be returned less a processing fee of 10% of the course tuition. No refunds will be issued after this deadline.

Technical Requirements


Participants currently or formerly have worked in an international counselor position.

Course Options

Course Date Units Price
COUN-X567 – 002 05 Aug 202409 Aug 2024 1 $350

Applied Theories and Techniques in International School Counseling

05 Aug 202409 Aug 2024
Online Fixed-Date
Ana Maria Leon
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COUN-X567 – 002 – Applied Theories and Techniques in International School Counseling

Number of Sessions: 5

Type Date Time Location Instructors
Online Mon Aug 5, 2024 7:00AM – 9:30AM Online, Online
Online Tue Aug 6, 2024 8:00AM – 10:30AM Online, Online
Online Wed Aug 7, 2024 8:00AM – 10:30AM Online, Online
Online Thu Aug 8, 2024 8:00AM – 10:30AM Online, Online
Online Fri Aug 9, 2024 8:00AM – 10:30AM Online, Online

Course Dates:  Daily Meetings starting on Monday, August 5 – Friday, August 9, 2024. 48 hours prior to your first course meeting the instructor will reach out with an introduction email.

Course Format:  Online Fixed-Date with synchronous meetings.

What You Will Learn

  • Discover how and when to use the six key questions of Solution Focused Counseling
  • Know how to identify and utilize a student’s strengths in navigating troubling times
  • Utilize the role of empathy and relationships in a counseling setting
  • Reframe problems in a way that provides student with more options
  • Determine when to refer a student and family for outside counseling
  • Understand the role of the counselor in student support meetings (response to intervention)


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