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Group Counseling in the Schoolsis the first text of its kind to recognize the increasing specialization needs of school counselors and to focus exclusively on what a school counselor needs to know to provide effective prevention and intervention group work with students. School counselors now make up close to one-half of the counselors graduating from masterrs"s level training programs, and this text recognizes that group work in schools is very different from group work in the clinic. While few school counselors receive any formal instruction on how to run task groups, psychoeducational groups or even how to conduct group counseling within the specialized school context,Group Counseling in the Schoolsfocuses solelyon the specialized group work that school counselors perform. Written from a systemic perspective and in a multicultural context, the core of this text involves the systemic approach to group work: preparing school counseling students to facilitate the systemic group process in the school context, from planning the group, through the four stages of group work: forming and orienting, transition, working, and termination. Mastering the facilitation of these defined stages of group work allows school counselors to effectively work with students in all types of school-based group contexts. Throughout the book, students are exposed to the foundations of group work by exploring the historical forces that shaped group work in schools today, the therapeutic factors that underlie effective group approaches, and the advantages and disadvantages of group work in the schools. Students will build a foundation of multicultural, ethical and legal group work attitudes, and knowledge and skills before learning to distinguish the roles of group members and group leaders.
Bradley T Erford, Ph.D., LCPC, NCC, is a professor in the school counseling program at Loyola University with primary teaching responsibilities in assessment, research, and lifespan development. He has held numerous professional leadership positions and published numerous books, articles and book chapters.
Table of Contents
Foundations of Group Work
The Value of Group Work: Functional Group Models and Historical Perspectives
Ethical and Legal Foundations of Group Work in the Schools
Multicultural Issues in Group Work
Distinguishing Group Member Roles
Leading Groups in the Schools
Systemic Group Work: Planning and Process
Planning for Group Work in the Schools
Forming and Orienting Groups
The Transition Stage in Group Work
The Working Stage
Termination in the School Setting
Group Work in Action: Models and Special Issues
Leading Task Groups in Schools
Psychoeducational Groups in Schools
Theoretically Based Group Models Used in Counseling and Psychotherapy Groups
Special Issues in Group Work in Schools
Using Activities and Expressive Arts in Group Work
Accountability in Group Work and School Counseling
Outcome Research in Group Work
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