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Helping At-Risk Students, Second Edition: A Group Counseling Approach for Grades 6-9 (Paperback)
  • Helping At-Risk Students, Second Edition: A Group Counseling Approach for Grades 6-9 (Paperback)

Helping At-Risk Students, Second Edition: A Group Counseling Approach for Grades 6-9 (Paperback)

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Paperback 272 Pages / Published: 09/02/2009
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Engaging, activity based, and effective, this widely used group counseling curriculum (the SPARK program) is designed for flexible implementation in school or clinical settings. The program helps youth build skills for school success and social-emotional growth while exploring such crucial topics as personal goals, ethnic identity and prejudice, peer pressure, violence prevention, and family relationships. Featured are 36 reproducible handouts and forms-plus Spanish-language versions of the 32 handouts-in a large-size format with lay-flat binding for ease of use.

New to This Edition

*Revised and expanded to incorporate new findings and field-tested strategies.

*New module on male-female relationships.

*New sessions on emotion regulation, communication, and relational aggression.

*Strategies for whole-class implementation have been added.

*Nearly half of the 68 reproducibles are new or revised.

Publisher: Guilford Publications
ISBN: 9781606230022
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 601 g
Dimensions: 267 x 203 x 18 mm
Edition: 2nd New edition

"This creative, activity-based psychoeducational curriculum addresses diverse needs of the most vulnerable sixth- to ninth-grade students. The second edition adds an excellent section on male-female relationships, as well as cutting-edge material on emotion regulation, anger management, gossip and bullying, and effective communication. The manual and reproducibles are remarkably user friendly for participants and facilitators alike. Adolescents will be immediately engaged by the relevant, realistic examples."--Louise Silvern, PhD, Department of Psychology, University of Colorado at Boulder "Helping At-Risk Students provides effective and practical techniques for addressing the complex developmental and mental health challenges of youth in a group context. I have used this flexible and comprehensive curriculum with great success. Covering everything from the referral and recruitment of group members to the exploration of group dynamics and process issues, this book has become an essential part of my arsenal of therapeutic resources. I highly recommend it to school counselors, community mental health providers, and other professionals working to address the mental health needs of youth."--Erika Van Buren, PhD, Director of Organizational Development, District of Columbia Department of Mental Health, Washington, DC

"Providing powerful tools for helping at-risk youth, this innovative approach can be utilized in a range of educational and mental health settings. The program includes pragmatic, skill-based interventions that address the feelings and stressors that many at-risk youth experience in their daily lives. It can be used in its entirety or individual modules can be implemented flexibly to address specific issues. The second edition enhances the effectiveness of some of the original modules and adds important new content areas related to interpersonal and intrapersonal development."--Jeffrey Jacobs, PhD, Director of Psychological Services, University Elementary School, University of California, Los Angeles

"Waterman and Walker have developed a counseling curriculum that is flexible, engaging, empirically validated, and, most important, effective. I would recommend this book to school psychologists, counselors, and others charged with improving the lives of at-risk children and adolescents."--Dennis Dierck, EdS, school psychologist, Garden Grove (California) Unified School District

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