Helping At-Risk Students: A Group Counseling Approach for Grades 6-9 / Edition 1

Helping At-Risk Students: A Group Counseling Approach for Grades 6-9 / Edition 1

by Jill Waterman, Elizabeth Walker
     
 

ISBN-10: 1572305711

ISBN-13: 9781572305717

Pub. Date: 11/28/2000

Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.

This book provides a comprehensive, empirically supported group counseling program for youngsters at risk for academic, behavioral, and emotional difficulties. Designed for implementation in the span of a school semester, the curriculum has been shown to foster competence in areas crucial to successful development, including problem solving, violence prevention,

Overview

This book provides a comprehensive, empirically supported group counseling program for youngsters at risk for academic, behavioral, and emotional difficulties. Designed for implementation in the span of a school semester, the curriculum has been shown to foster competence in areas crucial to successful development, including problem solving, violence prevention, and interpersonal skill-building. The book first presents an overview of program goals and methods and describes how to set up groups, select members, and promote a trusting, supportive environment. Step-by-step guidelines for conducting each session are then delineated. Described are a wealth of engaging activities and discussions that facilitate exploration of such vital issues as educational goals, ethnic identity, prejudice and discrimination, peer pressure, and family relationships. Appendices contain reproducible materials in both English and Spanish, including consent forms, pregroup and postgroup assessments, and student game cards, worksheets, and handouts. The book is designed for maximum ease of use with a large format and lay-flat binding.

This innovative curriculum is ideal for use with youngsters dealing with family distress, academic problems, exposure to violence, and socioeconomic disadvantage. It can be implemented by school psychologists and counselors; other mental health professionals and administrative school personnel; teachers; and advanced graduate students in education, social work, and psychology.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781572305717
Publisher:
Guilford Publications, Inc.
Publication date:
11/28/2000
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
221
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Contents
1. Guidelines for Setting Up and Leading SPARK Groups
Goals of the SPARK Program
Getting Started
Selecting Group Members
Structure of the Groups
Group Leaders
Presenting the Groups to Prospective Members
Pregroup Individual Interviews and/or Questionnaires
Group Counseling Techniques
Developing Trust and Understanding Confidentiality
Building Group Cohesion
Group Process
Developmental Considerations
Maintaining Order and Leader Sanity
Uses and Parameters of Check-In and Check-Out
Issues in Ending the Groups
Handling Issues of Child Abuse and Suicidality
Dilemmas for Group Leaders
Balancing the Needs of the Individual Group Members with the Requirements of the Psychoeducational Curriculum
Dealing with Members Who Do Not Participate
Dealing with Chronically Disruptive Members
Parameters of the Group Leader Role
2. The SPARK Curriculum
Overview of Module Content
Recruitment Criteria
Module One: Trust Building and Communication Skills
Module Two: Anger Management and Problem-Solving Skills
Module Three: Ethnic Identity and Anti-Prejudice
Module Four: Educational Aspirations
Module Five: Peer Pressure and Gangs
Module Six: Exposure to Violence and Posttraumatic Stress Reactions
Module Seven: Family Relationships
Termination Session: The Party
3. Effectiveness of SPARK Groups
Characteristics of Participating Group Members
Family Structure and Distress
Exposure to Community Violence
Effectiveness of the SPARK Groups
Time 1 and Time 2 Differences for Those in the Treatment Group
Time 1 and Time 2 Differences for Those in the Control Group
Comparisons between the Treatment and Control Groups
Summary and Conclusions
Information Regarding Data Analyses
Appendices
Appendix A: Sample Materials for Beginning SPARK Groups
Appendix B: Curriculum Materials and Handouts
Appendix C: Sample Materials in Spanish for Beginning SPARK Groups
Appendix D: Curriculum Materials and Handouts in Spanish

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