• Summary
  • Contents
  • Subject index

This timely new book presents the concepts, context, and applications of a problem-solving approach to group work with children and adolescents. This comprehensive new volume covers it all. It addresses issues associated with assessment, problem recognition, planning and composition, leadership, and activities in a wide range of settings when working with children and adolescents. Phases of group work, practice guidelines, and evaluation are also thoroughly considered. Significant applications focus on group work with children and adolescents from families in which divorce has occurred; group work to improve peer relationships and social competence; group work with children and adolescents who are at risk for developing mental health and substance abuse disorders; and school performance group work. To help illustrate key points, a lively case example is provided for each application. A practical volume for practitioners in the helping professions, Group Work with Children and Adolescents will be highly valuable to those practicing in the fields of social work, human services, clinical and counseling psychology, and psychiatric nursing.

The Context of Practice
The context of practice

The purpose of this chapter is to provide a broad view of group work with children and adolescents in school and community systems. The context of group work will be presented from ecological and social systems, community and social problems, educational, and organizational perspectives.

Multiple Perspectives
Ecological and Social Systems Perspectives

The ecological perspective encompasses the interrelationship of social systems ranging from individual children to society as a whole and transactions between and within such systems (Brown & Swanson, 1988). Children and adolescents are in constant transaction with multiple social systems, including their families, peers, schools, communities, and the wider society.

Children tend to be very involved with their families. Family problems, including marital conflict and divorce, underlie much group work practice ...

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