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Group Exercises for Adolescents
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Group Exercises for Adolescents
A Manual for Therapists, School Counselors, and Spiritual Leaders

Third Edition


July 2010 | 272 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

52 exercises for a full year of weekly group sessions with adolescents

This updated edition of Susan Carrell's best-seller provides a practical, concise overview of group work with adolescents, including dos and don'ts for group leaders, as well as potential pitfalls and hazards and how to avoid them. Ideal for therapists, school counselors, spiritual leaders, and other helping professionals, the manual addresses a wide range of today's hot issues for adolescents, including sex, alcohol, drugs, values and ethics, family dynamics, self-esteem, management of difficult emotions, peer relationships, and spirituality. Avoiding the usual "psychobabble," this no-nonsense guide discusses both behavioral and cognitive objectives, includes new exercises and is accompanied by a new companion teen journal.

Ideal for anyone who is developing a new program, revitalizing an existing one, or in need of a one-time group experience, this best-selling manual has been used successfully in schools, community settings, church/religious settings, court-ordered programs, and the private sector. Group Exercises for Adolescents, Third Edition is also appropriate for use as a supplement in courses in Social Group Work Practice and Social Work and Juveniles.


 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
Introduction
Feast or Famine

 
Sink or Swim

 
Begged, Borrowed, or Stolen

 
Turf and Territory

 
The Big Picture

 
The Basic Pattern: One Size Fits All

 
Naming the Group

 
Using the Teen Group Journals

 
 
PART I: ADOLESCENCE: THE DEVELOPMENTAL BLUEPRINT
Between a Rock and a Hard Place: The Terrible Twos and The Terrible Teens

 
Developmental Tasks of Adolescence

 
The Push-Pull of Adolescence

 
Five Polarities of Adolescence

 
 
PART II: GROUP THERAPY WITH ADOLESCENTS
By Hook or by Crook: Why do Groups?

 
Fish or Cut Bait: Why do Structured Groups?

 
Only Fools Rush In: Could I use This manual for My Group?

 
Fact or Fantasy

 
The Good News

 
Grist for the Mill

 
The Dance of Discipline

 
Speaking the Language

 
Keeping the Peace

 
Horses of a Different Color: Difficult Group Members

 
A Case for Cotherapy

 
The Keys to Success

 
Walking the Tightrope

 
Do the Ask

 
You're off and Running, but if you Stumble...

 
 
PART III: THE CURRICULUM
The Group Statement

 
 
Living With Community
Breaking the Ice

 
The Line Up

 
Naming the Group and Creating a Logo

 
Highest Hopes, Deepest Fears

 
Dyads

 
Trust Walk

 
Pennies From Heaven

 
Bus Ride

 
Friendship "Rocks"!

 
 
Living With Identity
Objects Like Me

 
Fish for a Thought

 
Old Me, New Me

 
Personal Value System and Self-Esteem

 
Hit Parade

 
T-Shirts

 
The Pipe Cleaner Artist

 
Strengths Jewelry

 
 
Living With Family
Family Sculpting

 
Survival Roles in a Family: A Psychodrama

 
Family Memories

 
Impaired Parents

 
 
Living with School
Not Your Usual Scavenger Hunt

 
Advertise...Me!

 
Say What?

 
Rock Hard Resolve

 
Text Talk

 
The Right Thing

 
unsung Heroes

 
 
Living With Sexuality
Boy-Girl Relationships: Through the Fishbowl

 
Sex: Everything you Were Afraid to Ask

 
 
Living With Emotionality
Alternatives to Anger

 
The Loss Cycle: A Model for Discussing Depression and Suicide

 
The Shame Game

 
Words that Wound

 
Love Letters

 
Guilt: The Good, Bad, and the Ugly

 
My Peace and Comfort

 
 
Living With Discovery
The Wizard: A guided Imagery Exercise

 
Card Game

 
A Matter of Perspective

 
The Black Balloon: Problem Identification

 
Favorite Story

 
The Gardener

 
 
Living With Chemicals
Chemical Dependence: The Disease Concept

 
Between Teens Playhouse: The Rise and Fall of One Good Guy

 
Druggie Tales: A TV Commercial

 
 
Living With Spirituality
My Spirituality

 
Wonder Moments

 
Mindfulness: A Tea Party

 
Forgiveness: The Way of the Peaceful Warrior

 
My Read

 
My Spiritual Journey

 
 
References
 
About the Author
 
About the Illustrator

Group Exercises for Adolescents provides some imaginative and engaging activities which teenagers could relate to, but I also feel that many of them could be adapted to teaching counselling at levels 2 and 3. The author covers a variety of difficult topics such as anger, sexuality and addiction. Icebreakers are also included, and explanations of how to use the book.

Mrs Jackie Anne Villars
Higher Education, Accrington And Rossendale College
December 5, 2019

This book has some good ideas and exercises, but nothing particularly unique. It is a good read, but I do not envisage using most of the ideas in the classroom.

Mr Michael Smith
Public Services , Central Bedfordshire College
June 3, 2016

Some useful ideas and exercises to help students put some of the theory into practice. Well laid out and clear instructions.

Dr sally nash
Youth, Midlands Centre for Youth Ministry
November 15, 2015

Not adopted as a required text but recommended as a resourse for students in this course interested in groupwork with children, adolescents, and families!

Dr Kristy Brumfield
Division of Education, Xavier University
December 16, 2014

A great book that I have used in my health and social care class. Tables are now in a U shape. The students have enjoyed using this book and putting into practice what they have learnt in their placements. I have reccomended they purchase their own copy and I have reccomended it to the college library also.

Miss Naomi Whale
childcare, City of Bath College
February 18, 2013
Key features

Key Features

  • 52 group exercises (including 21 new ones) provide interesting, meaningful group experiences for a full year of weekly group sessions.
  • Two new sections exploring school issues and spirituality have been added based on user feedback.
  • Companion teen journals, available for each group member, include 21 structured writing exercises, teen-savvy cartoons and drawings, and more.

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