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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.

A Review of the Field
A review of the field

Group work with children and adolescents in school and community systems is a substantial and expanding field of practice that represents an application of more widely used theories and models. Many groups for children and adolescents are theme oriented. For instance, many primary prevention groups cover a range of topics that reflect concerns common to the ages of the members. Furthermore, certain domains of knowledge, for example, developmental psychopathology, are particularly useful for particular types of groups, for example, mental health. The purpose of this chapter is to provide an analysis of group work with children and adolescents, including its effectiveness, and offer recommendations for the development of practice.

A Social Problem-Solving Approach

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