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Leading Psychoeducational Groups for Children and Adolescents

by Janice L DeLucia-Waack SAGE Publications, Inc
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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 behaviors).

Key Features:
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
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
Offers practical suggestions for how effectively to use activities in group meetings and chronicles common mistakes to avoid
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
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 Counseling and Therapy of Children and Adolescents, in Social Group Work, and in Group Counseling 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?

Janice L. DeLucia-Waack is currently an Associate Professor and Program Director for School Counseling in the Department of Counseling, School, and Educational Psychology at the University at Buffalo, SUNY. She is the former editor of the Journal for Specialists in Group Work, and is a fellow in the Association for Specialists in Group Work division of the American Counseling Association; and Division 49, Group Psychology and Group Psychotherapy, of the American Psychological Association. She is author/editor of two books, Using Music in Children of Divorce Groups: A Session-By-Session Manual for Counselors and Multicultural Counseling and Training: Implications and Challenges for Practice , and co-editor/author of three other books: Handbook of Group Counseling and Psychotherapy (with Cynthia Kalodner, Maria Riva, and Deborah Gerrity), The Practice of Multicultural Group Work: Visions and Perspectives from the Field (with Jeremiah Donigian); and Group Work Experts Share Their Favorite Activities: A Guide to Choosing, Planning, Conducting, and Processing (with Karen Bridbord and Jennifer Kleiner). She received a bachelor degree in Psychology from Eisenhower College, a master degree in Family Studies from the University of Maryland, and a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the Pennsylvania State University.