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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
 
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