Ideal for anyone who is developing a new program, revitalizing an existing one, or in need of a one-time group experience, this best-selling manual has been used successfully in schools, community settings, church/religious settings, court-ordered programs, and the private sector. Group Exercises for Adolescents, Third Edition is also appropriate for use as a supplement in courses in Social Group Work Practice and Social Work and Juveniles.
Part 1: Adolescence: The Developmental Blueprint
Between a Rock and a Hard Place: The Terrible Twos and the Terrible Teens
Some people think all teenagers are emotionally disordered. Really, teenagers are just busy. The developmental tasks of adolescence are demanding enough in and of themselves; add the demands of a complex society, and it is no wonder so many become overwhelmed. When healthy coping mechanisms go into overload and fail, symptoms of distress begin to show. Alcohol and drug abuse, suicide attempts, stealing and shoplifting, school difficulties, sexual acting out, depression or mania, violent outbursts, running away from home or school, and creating chaos within the family are common reactions to a sense of overwhelming anxiety.
Before presenting the exercises for teen groups, I will briefly ...