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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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