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Leading Psychoeducational Groups for Children and Adolescents
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Leading Psychoeducational Groups for Children and Adolescents



May 2006 | 344 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
This book provides readers with direction on how to organize psychoeducational groups while also helping them enhance skills for effectively leading such groups—all in one comprehensive volume! Offering an applied, pragmatic approach, author Janice L. DeLucia-Waack uniquely integrates research and practice to suggest valuable leadership strategies while addressing special issues such as children of divorce, anger management, bullying behaviors, and much more.  

Key Features:

  • Uses the model of Planning, Performing, and Processing: Based on the Association for Specialists in Group Work (ASGW) Best Practice Guidelines, this book provides an outline for each step from planning a group to designing sessions to implementing them and also evaluating their effectiveness. The book also includes ASGW Professional Standards for Training of Group Workers and ASGW Principles for Diversity-Competent Group Workers.
  • Focuses on the therapeutic relationship and interventions specific to children and teens: Groups for children and adolescents must be designed and implemented differently than groups for adults. What little has been written specifically about psychoeducational groups does not make distinctions based on the age of group members. This is the first book to suggest specific interventions that generate interest and participation on the part of children and adolescents.
  • Provides guidance for the entire spectrum of activities related to leading groups: This book offers practical suggestions for how to effectively use activities in group meetings and chronicles common mistakes to avoid. A variety of learning tools such as suggested activities, sample outlines of group sessions, tables with references for related materials, and much more facilitate student comprehension.  

Intended Audience: This is an excellent text for advanced undergraduate and graduate students studying Counseling and Therapy of Children and Adolescents, Social Group Work, and Group Counseling for Education in departments of psychology, social work, and education. It is also a valuable resource for social work practitioners, counselors, and psychologists.


 
Table of Contents
 
Ch 1: Introduction
Goals of This Book  
How This Book is Organized  
What are Psychoeducational Groups and How are They Different From Other Types of Groups?  
How are Children and Adolescent Groups Different From Adult Groups?  
Summary  
Suggested Training Activities  
 
Ch 2: Planning for a Psychoeducational Group for Children and Adolescents
PreGroup Decision Making  
Outline and Content of Group Sessions  
Agency and School Support  
Recruitment Strategies  
Leader Preparation  
Supervision  
Summary  
Suggested Training Activities  
 
Ch 3: PreGroup Interviews and Group Sessions
Informed Consent for Parents and Children  
Screening Interviews  
Preparation Sessions  
Summary  
Suggested Training Activities  
 
Ch 4: Group Leadership Skills for Psychoeducational Groups
Specific Skills  
Therapeutic Factors  
Training  
Assessment Measures  
Summary  
Suggested Training Activities  
 
Ch 5: Initial Sessions
Goals and Tasks  
Skills  
Therapeutic Factors  
Possible Pitfalls  
Examples of Activities  
Summary  
Suggested Training Activities  
 
Ch 6: Middle Sessions
Goals and Tasks  
Skills  
Therapeutic Factors  
Possible Pitfalls  
Examples of Activities  
Summary  
Suggested Training Activities  
 
Ch 7: Termination Sessions
Goals and Tasks  
Skills  
Therapeutic Factors  
Possible Pitfalls  
Examples of Activities  
Summary  
Suggested Training Activities  
 
Ch 8: Using Activities Effectively in Group Sessions
Common Mistakes in Using Activities  
Uses of Activities Related to Group Tasks  
Creative Arts Activities  
Effective Processing of Activities  
Summary  
Suggested Training Activities  
 
Ch 9: Follow-up After Group Ends
Assessment of Progress  
Assessment of Need for Further Treatment  
Interview Sessions  
Referral for Further Treatment  
Summary  
Suggested Training Activities  
 
Ch 10: Assessment of Group Effectiveness
Guidelines  
Assessment of Group Climate  
Assessment of Group Therapeutic Factors  
Assessment of In-Session Group Behavior  
Summary  
Suggested Training Activities  
 
Ch 11: Considerations
Multicultural Issues  
Developmental Issues  
Summary  
Suggested Training Activities  
 
Ch 12: Conclusions
 
APPENDICES
 
Appendix A: ASGW Professional Standards for Training of Group Workers
 
Appendix B: ASGW Best Practice Guidelines
 
Appendix C: ASGW Principles for Diversity-Competent Group Workers
 
Appendix D: Group Planning Sheets
 
Appendix E: Group Processing Sheets
 
Appendix F: Examples of Group Planning and Processing Session Notes for a Psychoeducational Children of Divorce Group
 
Appendix G: Resource Guide for Group Interventions by Topic Including Books, Games, and Videos
 
Appendix H: Example of Group Interest Survey Form
 
Appendix I: Example of an Informational Sheet for Parents About Psychoeducational Groups
 
Appendix J: Example of a Group Screening Interview Outline
 
Appendix K: Example of a Group Preparation Session Outline
 
Appendix L: Example of a Parent and Group Member Consent Form for Psychoeducational Groups
 
Appendix M: Group Related Measures
 
References
 
About the Author
Key features

·         suggested activities

·         frameworks to process activities and examples of processing questions

·         sample outlines of group sessions

·         guidelines for supervision and planning with co-leaders

·         references for specific group sessions and activities.

·         tables with references for related materials that practitioners may use for designing their groups including ones that address critical issues and themes for the group, group sessions, activities, suggestions for effective groups, and assessment measures.

·         appendix with ASGW guidelines

·         appendix with outlines, handouts, and assessments to be adapted for specific psychoeducational groups

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1

Chapter 3

Chapter 5


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