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FREE Book Preview for SSWN Readers

FREE Book Preview for SSWN Readers

Hello SSWN friends, I have an amazing gift to share with all the SSW within the reach of this site:  thanks to SSW Titan Dr. Cynthia Franklin and her publisher Taylor & Francis, I’ve been given permission to share FREE access to her latest book, SFBT in Alternative Schools:  Ensuring Student Success and Preventing Dropout.  Access to this important work is only available for roughly 3 weeks (through October 19th), and Dr. Franklin is graciously providing it to me to share with our network.  Here’s the link:

and here’s a description of the book from her preface:

Solution Focused Brief Therapy in Alternative Schools (SFBT) provides a step-by-step guide for how school social workers and counselors can work with other school professionals to create an effective solution focused dropout prevention program. Along with illustrative cases and detailed explanations, the authors detail the curriculum and day-to-day operations of a solution focused dropout prevention program by drawing on the experiences of a school that uses this approach.

Please give it a read, and after applying some of the ideas to your SSW practice, submit an article about SFBT for our SSWN site, please let us know!

Additional SFBT/SSW/Dr. Franklin Resources:

The Solution Focused-Brief Therapy Association (SFBTA) site is here. 

Dr. Franklin’s Google Scholar Page (with all of her other important work on SSW & SFBT) is here.

The book that Dr. Johnny Kim, Dr. Franklin, and I have done on SFBT in SSW:  Solution Focused Brief Therapy in Schools: A 360 Degree View of Research and Practice (Oxford SSWAA Workshop Series) has 2 editions, 2008 and a fully revised 2nd edition 2017; those books can be found here and here.

About The Author(s)


Michael S. Kelly PhD, LCSW is Associate Professor and Director of the Family and School Partnerships Program at Loyola University Chicago’s School of Social Work. Prior to coming to Loyola in Fall 2006, he was a school social worker, family therapist, and youth minister in the Chicago area for 14 years. He has authored over 50 journal articles, books, and book chapters on school social work, evidence-based practice (EBP), and positive youth development. He is a fellow of the Oxford Symposium for School-Based Family Counseling, and the Associate Editor of the Advances in School Mental Health Promotion Journal. He also serves on the Editorial Boards of School Mental Health Journal, School Social Work Journal, and Children & Schools. He has recently brought his work on school mental health and EBP to researchers and practitioners in England, Rhode Island, Wyoming, Canada, Chile, and Japan.

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