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 5: Initial Sessions
Children and adolescents typically (like most of us) come to the first session of a psychoeducational group with conflicting emotions: some excitement and enthusiasm mixed with apprehension and anxiety. It is critical at this point for group leaders to use behaviors in the categories of Executive Functions and Caring to help students acclimate to what is expected of them in groups and identify specific behaviors to help them get the most out of the group experience. A little bit of anxiety is not a bad thing.
The analogy of test anxiety is useful in describing the power of groups and can be shared with beginning group members as a metaphor. If students are not anxious at all about a test, they may not ...