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).
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.
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 also currently the Executive Director for the Association for Specialists in Group Work. She is the former editor of the Journal for Specialists in Group Work, and is a fellow in the American Counseling Association; Association for Specialists in Group Work (a division of ACA; and Group Psychology and Group Psychotherapy, a division 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: The Practice of Multicultural Group Work: Visions and Perspectives from the Field (with Jeremiah Donigian); Group Work Experts Share Their Favorite Activities: A Guide to Choosing, Planning, Conducting, and Processing (with Karen Bridbord and Jennifer Kleiner) , School Counselors Share Their Favorite Activities: A Guide to Choosing, Planning, Conducting, and Processing (with Louisa Foss, Judy Green, Kelli Wolfe-Stiltner), How to Design a Group Plan (with Amy Nitza) as part of Robert Conyne Group Work Practice Kit: Improving the Everyday Practice of Group Work. Her current project is the fifth in the ASGW Group Activity Book Series due out in Fall 2013: School Counselors Share Their Favorite Classroom Guidance Activities. (with Faith Colvin, Sarah Korta, Katherine Maertin, Eric Martin, & Lily Zawadski. She received a bachelor's degree in Psychology from Eisenhower College, a master's degree in Family Studies from the University of Maryland, and a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the Pennsylvania State University.