Applied Theories and Techniques in International School Counseling

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Online Fixed-Date

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 Dates:  Friday, July 7 - July 28, 2023, synchronous monthly meetings on Fridays, and weekly asynchronous assignments

Course Format:  Online Fixed-Date (fully online). This course is asynchronous, plus 4 synchronous meetings in Zoom. There are also specific deadline dates for assignments within the set dates of the course.

Schedule: (times are TBD)

July 7th

July 14th

July 21th

July 28th

Technical Requirements


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

Course Options

Course Date Units Price
COUN-X567 – 001 07 Jul 202328 Jul 2023 1 $350

Applied Theories and Techniques in International School Counseling

07 Jul 202328 Jul 2023
Online Fixed-Date
Ana Maria Leon

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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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