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Group Exercises for Adolescents
A Manual for Therapists, School Counselors, and Spiritual Leaders

Third Edition


September 2010 | 272 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
This updated edition of Susan Carrell's best-seller provides a practical, concise overview of group work with adolescents, including dos and don'ts for group leaders, as well as potential pitfalls and hazards and how to avoid them. Ideal for therapists, school counselors, spiritual leaders, and other helping professionals, the manual addresses a wide range of today's hot issues for adolescents, including sex, alcohol, drugs, values and ethics, family dynamics, self-esteem, management of difficult emotions, peer relationships, and spirituality. Avoiding the usual "psychobabble," this no-nonsense guide discusses both behavioral and cognitive objectives, includes new exercises and is accompanied by a new companion teen journal.
 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
Introduction
Feast or Famine  
Sink or Swim  
Begged, Borrowed, or Stolen  
Turf and Territory  
The Big Picture  
The Basic Pattern: One Size Fits All  
Naming the Group  
Using the Teen Group Journals  
 
PART I: ADOLESCENCE: THE DEVELOPMENTAL BLUEPRINT
Between a Rock and a Hard Place: The Terrible Twos and The Terrible Teens  
Developmental Tasks of Adolescence  
The Push-Pull of Adolescence  
Five Polarities of Adolescence  
 
PART II: GROUP THERAPY WITH ADOLESCENTS
By Hook or by Crook: Why do Groups?  
Fish or Cut Bait: Why do Structured Groups?  
Only Fools Rush In: Could I use This manual for My Group?  
Fact or Fantasy  
The Good News  
Grist for the Mill  
The Dance of Discipline  
Speaking the Language  
Keeping the Peace  
Horses of a Different Color: Difficult Group Members  
A Case for Cotherapy  
The Keys to Success  
Walking the Tightrope  
Do the Ask  
You're off and Running, but if you Stumble...  
 
PART III: THE CURRICULUM
The Group Statement  
 
Living With Community
Breaking the Ice  
The Line Up  
Naming the Group and Creating a Logo  
Highest Hopes, Deepest Fears  
Dyads  
Trust Walk  
Pennies From Heaven  
Bus Ride  
Friendship "Rocks"!  
 
Living With Identity
Objects Like Me  
Fish for a Thought  
Old Me, New Me  
Personal Value System and Self-Esteem  
Hit Parade  
T-Shirts  
The Pipe Cleaner Artist  
Strengths Jewelry  
 
Living With Family
Family Sculpting  
Survival Roles in a Family: A Psychodrama  
Family Memories  
Impaired Parents  
 
Living with School
Not Your Usual Scavenger Hunt  
Advertise...Me!  
Say What?  
Rock Hard Resolve  
Text Talk  
The Right Thing  
unsung Heroes  
 
Living With Sexuality
Boy-Girl Relationships: Through the Fishbowl  
Sex: Everything you Were Afraid to Ask  
 
Living With Emotionality
Alternatives to Anger  
The Loss Cycle: A Model for Discussing Depression and Suicide  
The Shame Game  
Words that Wound  
Love Letters  
Guilt: The Good, Bad, and the Ugly  
My Peace and Comfort  
 
Living With Discovery
The Wizard: A guided Imagery Exercise  
Card Game  
A Matter of Perspective  
The Black Balloon: Problem Identification  
Favorite Story  
The Gardener  
 
Living With Chemicals
Chemical Dependence: The Disease Concept  
Between Teens Playhouse: The Rise and Fall of One Good Guy  
Druggie Tales: A TV Commercial  
 
Living With Spirituality
My Spirituality  
Wonder Moments  
Mindfulness: A Tea Party  
Forgiveness: The Way of the Peaceful Warrior  
My Read  
My Spiritual Journey  
 
References
 
About the Author
 
About the Illustrator

This book has some good ideas and exercises, but nothing particularly unique. It is a good read, but I do not envisage using most of the ideas in the classroom.

Mr Michael Smith
Public Services , Central Bedfordshire College
June 3, 2016

Some useful ideas and exercises to help students put some of the theory into practice. Well laid out and clear instructions.

Dr sally nash
Youth, Midlands Centre for Youth Ministry
November 15, 2015

Not adopted as a required text but recommended as a resourse for students in this course interested in groupwork with children, adolescents, and families!

Dr Kristy Brumfield
Division of Education, Xavier University
December 16, 2014

A great book that I have used in my health and social care class. Tables are now in a U shape. The students have enjoyed using this book and putting into practice what they have learnt in their placements. I have reccomended they purchase their own copy and I have reccomended it to the college library also.

Miss Naomi Whale
childcare, City of Bath College
February 18, 2013

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