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



June 2006 | 344 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
The goals of psychoeducational groups include prevention and early intervention, both of which are important for schools and agencies that work with at-risk children. Leading Psychoeducational Groups for Children and Adolescents focuses specifically on psychoeducational groups while also combining leadership skills and suggestions for how effectively to design and lead such groups-all in one book! This book provides an applied, pragmatic approach to leading psychoeducational groups generally, while addressing special issues relating to specific topical groups as well (e.g., children of divorce, grief, anger management, bullying behaviours).

Key Features:

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

o Provides guidance for the entire spectrum of activities related to leading groups, from planning to pre-group interviews and from initial sessions to termination sessions

o Offers practical suggestions for how effectively to use activities in group meetings and chronicles common mistakes to avoid

o Suggests methods for assessing group effectiveness as well as personal progress and need for further treatment Features multiple appendices containing examples of group planning and processing notes; group interest survey forms; an informational sheet for parents about psychoeducational groups; a group screening interview outline; a group preparation session outline; and consent forms

o Includes ASGW Professional Standards for Training of Group Workers, ASGW Best Practice Guidelines, and ASGW Principles for Diversity-Competent Group Workers

This text will be a helpful resource for students enrolled in courses in Counselling and Therapy of Children and Adolescents, in Social Group Work, and in Group Counselling for Education in departments of psychology, social work, and education.

 
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

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Chapter 5


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