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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.

Processes of Practice
Processes of practice

Group work with children and adolescents in school and community systems constitutes a series of interrelated actions by leaders. The present chapter presents the sequence of actions that precede the sessions, namely planning, composition, and assessment, and describes the preventive-interventive actions and techniques that are useful during their beginning, middle, and ending phases.

Planning

The lives of children and adolescents tend to be structured around the school year, and many problems that youngsters have show up at school. Julie was a bright youngster, whose teachers noticed that she spent an inordinate amount of time staring into empty space. Her parents considered the difficulty serious when it was brought to their attention by the school.

The scheduling of community groups is in line with ...

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