Skills for Living

Group Counseling Activities for Young Adolescents
Volume 1
Pages: 240
ISBN: 9780878223183
Item Number: 3184

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Provides nuts-and-bolts techniques and specific do’s and don’ts for leading skill-building counseling groups with young adolescents who need help developing prosocial and coping skills.

Part One provides clear guidelines for designing, organizing, conducting, and evaluating multi- session counseling groups. Part Two provides counseling agendas and step-by-step procedures for conducting groups on eight different topic areas.

Appendices contain needs assessment forms, pretests and posttests for each topic area, sample consent forms, and much more.

Book Reviews

“Beginning counselors or veteran counselors with little group counseling experience will find valuable assistance in this thoroughly prepared book.”

—Lance Kuykendall, Adolescent Counselor

“This is a well organized, clearly written manual for school counselors and other mental health service providers, unique because of its focus on the 10 to 14 year old age group, and therefore is highly recommended.”

—Sue Rosenzweig, Voice of Youth Advocates

Skills for Living, brings the best from the group counseling field to social workers who are working with children and young adolescents; it illustrates thoughtful, affirmative objectives and program agendas for short term, focused groups.”

—Trudy K. Duffy, Social Work with Groups

Part 1 Introduction
Part 2 Group Agendas

Dealing with a Divorce in the Family

  1. Getting Started
  2. What Do I Call My New Family?
  3. A New Place to Live
  4. Ideas about Divorce
  5. Expressing My Feelings
  6. Everyone Has Problems
  7. Feeling Good about Myself
  8. Saying Goodbye

Meeting, Making, and Keeping Friends

  1. Getting Started
  2. What Does It Mean to Be a Friend?
  3. Changing Friendship Behaviors
  4. Introduction and Conversation Skills
  5. Thoughts, Feelings, and Behaviors
  6. Processing Negative Feelings
  7. Making More Friends
  8. Saying Goodbye

Communicate Straight: Learning Assertion Skills

  1. Getting Started
  2. My Rights as a Person
  3. I Have a Choice (Part I)
  4. I Have a Choice (Part II)
  5. Positive Assertions
  6. Stand Up for Your Rights
  7. Negative Assertions
  8. Saying Goodbye

Feeling Good about Me: Developing Self-Esteem

  1. Getting Started
  2. What I Like and Dislike about Me
  3. Everyone Has Roles
  4. My Goals as a Learner
  5. Exploring Friendship Goals
  6. Reaching Personal Goals
  7. Perfect in Every Way
  8. Saying Goodbye

Keeping Your Cool: Stress Management Skills

  1. Getting Started
  2. What Are My Stressors?
  3. How I Respond to Stressors
  4. Progressive Muscle Relaxation Training
  5. Thematic Imagery
  6. Positive Coping Statements
  7. Practicing Positive Coping Statements
  8. Saying Goodbye

Better Ways of Getting Mad: Anger Management Skills

  1. Getting Started
  2. Recognizing Anger Clues
  3. Appropriate or Inappropriate?
  4. Coping Statements for Anger Control
  5. The ABC’s of Anger
  6. Changing Angry Thinking
  7. I’m in Charge of Me
  8. Saying Goodbye

School Survival and Success

  1. Getting Started
  2. Goal Setting
  3. Getting the Most Out of Class
  4. Study Skills
  5. Surviving Tests
  6. Making Better Decisions
  7. Coping with Peer Pressure
  8. Saying Goodbye

Coping with Grief and Loss

  1. Getting Started
  2. What Is Death and How Does It Happen?
  3. Feelings That Come with Loss
  4. The Importance of the Funeral
  5. A Personal Memorial
  6. Understanding Suicide
  7. Healing Ourselves
  8. Saying Goodbye


  • Sample Faculty Group Counseling Needs Assessment
  • Sample Student Group Counseling Needs Assessment
  • Sample Letter to School Faculty
  • Sample Letter to Parent/Guardian
  • Sample Parent/Guardian Consent Form
  • TAP-In Student Selection Checklist
  • Pretests/Posttests
  • Ethical Guidelines for Group Counselors

In-service training for all levels of group work with children and adolescents can be provided by the author of this program. Dr. Smead is an accomplished international and national presenter. She will work closely with your school or organization and design training to meet your specific needs. Whether it is a one-day review, a multi-day skill-building workshop, or a 40-hour course, Dr. Smead offers exciting and confidence-building opportunities to enhance your group counseling skills.

For more information and available dates, please contact:

Dr. Rosemarie (Rosie) Smead
Indiana University Southeast
4201 Grant Line Road
New Albany, Indiana 47150

Phone: 812-923-6006
Fax: 812-923-6006

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