This volume helps counselors provide young adolescents with the opportunity to learn new ideas, skills, behaviors, perspectives, and attitudes in a group setting. The book is divided into two sections. Part One provides specific do’s and don’ts and many other useful guidelines for running a successful group. Part Two contains detailed procedures for conducting groups on eight topic areas. Appendices include pretests and posttests for each topic area, needs assessment forms, sample letters, consent forms, and best practice guidelines for group counselors.
“Smead has done an excellent job of creating fresh ideas for middle level counseling groups. Almost any student and educator would benefit. I can’t wait to get started!”
—Mary Michaud, Middle Ground, National Middle School Association
“This book is filled with specific materials which practitioners can either use or adapt. Useful features include 23 handouts for use with the group agendas; pragmatic selection guidelines; references and suggested resources for professionals; seven sample forms, including needs assessments and letters; a TAP-IN (Tell, Ask, and Pick) student selection checklist; eight pretests/posttests; and best practice guidelines. . . . This fine, well-written activity book is highly recommended to group couseling and group work professionals who wish to understand and deliver services to adolescents.”
—Steven R. Rose, Social Work with Groups