This book provides readers with direction on how to organize psychoeducational groups while also helping them enhance skills for effectively leading such groups—all in one comprehensive volume! Offering an applied, pragmatic approach, author Janice L. DeLucia-Waack uniquely integrates research and practice to suggest valuable leadership strategies while addressing special issues such as children of divorce, anger management, bullying behaviors, and much more.
Chapter 3: Pregroup Interviews and Group Sessions
Pregroup Interviews and Group Sessions
Once procedural decisions have been made about the type, goals, length, and time frame of a psychoeducational group, it is time to begin the selection process for potential group members. Two key aspects are important to group member selection: (a) providing information to potential group members (and their parents when necessary) about details of the group (goals, topics, typical interventions) so that they are truly giving informed consent when they agree to participate; and (b) gathering information to decide whether potential group members would benefit from participation in this particular group based on their goals, willingness to participate, and interpersonal skills. In this chapter, the focus will be on using pregroup screening interviews and preparation sessions ...