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.

Group Therapy with Adolescents
Group therapy with adolescents

By Hook or by Crook: Why Do Groups?

The challenge of working with adolescents in therapy is engaging them. The majority of adults enter therapy willingly and of their own volition, but teenagers often are coerced into treatment against their wishes. Their parents, the school, or the courts insist they attend therapy sessions. It is up to the therapist to “hook” the reluctant adolescent into real participation in the therapeutic experience.

It is the nature of human beings to form groups. It is the sine qua non of adolescents to form groups. This is the hook to engagement in therapy. Peer relationships are the crux of most adolescents’ concerns. The majority of their time, attention, interest, and energy is devoted ...

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