John M. Littrell is a professor of counselor education at Iowa State University, Ames.
Single-Session Brief Counseling in a High School
Article first published online: 23 DEC 2011
1995 American Counseling Association
Journal of Counseling & Development
Volume 73, Issue 4, pages 451–458, March-April 1995
How to Cite
Littrell, J. M., Malia, J. A. and Vander Wood, M. (1995), Single-Session Brief Counseling in a High School. Journal of Counseling & Development, 73: 451–458. doi: 10.1002/j.1556-6676.1995.tb01779.x
- Issue published online: 23 DEC 2011
- Article first published online: 23 DEC 2011
Counseling designed to be time-limited is a valuable tool for counselors in school settings. Three approaches to brief counseling were investigated in this naturalistic study: problem-focused with task, problem-focused without task, and solution-focused with task. Quantitative and qualitative measures were used to explore aspects of single-session brief counseling. High school students made significant changes from the second-week follow-up to the sixth-week follow-up in alleviating their concerns and increasing the percentage of goal achieved. Students dramatically decreased the intensity of undesired feelings from before the counseling session through the second follow-up. Solution-focused counseling was as effective as the other two approaches, while taking less time.