Workshop 6

Date: 05 Jul, 2023
Time: 13:30 – 16:00 (CET) 


Workshop title:  Effective Counseling for School Psychologists                                                                                                                                                 


Michael Hass, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, Chapman University

Description of workshop:

Research suggests that successful counseling does not come from adherence to a particular theory or the use of specific techniques but rather arises from common elements that include: 1) the strengths and challenges of clients themselves, 2) the quality of the relationship between the client and counselor, 3) the presence of hope or positive expectancy, and lastly, 4) techniques and theories that fit clients and their circumstances. 

Drawing from Solution Focused Brief Therapy and other collaborative approaches to counseling, this workshop will focus on three essential aspects of counseling: 1) listening carefully, 2) developing a future focus, and 3) encouraging action.  The workshop will introduce participants to the value of a “stance of not knowing” and the skills to listen carefully and supportively.  It will also focus on helping clients develop a future focus that includes goals and activities to meet those goals. 

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will learn the elements of the common factor approach to counseling research and how to apply these elements for effective counseling.
  2. Participants will learn how to adopt a “stance of not knowing” and use related skills to understand clients’ perspectives and needs.
  3. Participants will learn how to encourage action and collaboratively develop well-formed goals.

NASP Domains:

  • Foundations That Permeate All Areas of Practice


  • Interpersonal and collaborative skills
  • Functional Skills That Structure Our Practice
  • Enhancing the development of wellness, social skills, mental health, and life competencies

Presenter Bio: Michael Hass is a Professor Emeritus at Chapman University and Visiting Professor at Vietnam National University, University of Education, Hanoi, Vietnam.  Professor Hass has over 35 years of experience as a School Psychologist and Psychotherapist.  He is currently Chair of the ISPA Accreditation Committee.      

Professor Hass is currently editor-in-chief of Contemporary School Psychology.  He is also the author of Interviewing for Assessment: A practical guide for School Counselors and School Psychologists and co-author of Writing Useful, Accessible, and Legally Defensible Psychoeducational Reports and Student Mental Health in the Classroom: Essentials for Teachers.  In 2016, he earned the California Association of School Psychologists’ Sandra Goff Memorial Award for exemplary contributions to the profession of School Psychology in California and the nation.