- 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.
Chapter 8: Mental Health and Substance Abuse
Mental Health and Substance Abuse
Mental Health and Substance Abuse as a Social Problem
The purpose of this chapter is to consider how leaders can use group work to ameliorate the mental health and substance abuse problems of children and adolescents. The impact of mental health and substance abuse difficulties on children and adolescents is evident in the suffering experienced by youngsters and their families, the burden and cost of care, and the social disruption experienced in communities (Christian, Henderson, Morse, & Wilson, 1983).
Given that youngsters who are busy coping with mental disorders and substance abuse difficulties have less resources of time and energy to spend on school activities, it is apparent that such problems tend to interfere with learning and school ...