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Christian, David D.; Brown, Cian L.; Portrie-Bethke, Torey L. – Journal for Specialists in Group Work, 2019
This study explored the group developmental process of Adventure Therapy (AT) conducted with 9th grade students (n = 20). Researchers measured avoidance, conflict, and cohesion and compared results from this study to the development of traditional counseling groups. Results suggested that AT groups follow a similar developmental process as…
Descriptors: Group Therapy, Group Dynamics, Adventure Education, Grade 9
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Martin Kivlighan, D., III.; Adams, Marie C.; Obrecht, Ashlie; Kim, J. Y. Cindy; Ward, Brianna; Latino, Christian A. – Journal for Specialists in Group Work, 2019
Despite the common use of experiential training groups for group therapy training, the essential features of training groups have not been fully realized yet. Few studies have tested the impact of cohesion on trainees' session-to-session development over the course of a training group. As such, this study empirically tested the association between…
Descriptors: Group Therapy, Allied Health Personnel, Trainees, Group Unity
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Guth, Lorraine J.; Pollard, Brittany L.; Nitza, Amy; Puig, Ana; Chan, Christian D.; Singh, Anneliese A.; Bailey, Hopeton – Journal for Specialists in Group Work, 2019
The Association for Specialists in Group Work's (ASGW) Special Initiatives Committee created a document offering 10 strategies for intentionally using group work to transform hate, facilitate courageous conversations, and enhance community building. Group workers can utilize these methods and resources to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion…
Descriptors: Group Counseling, Social Bias, Inclusion, Counseling Techniques
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Ali, Shainna; Lambie, Glenn W. – Journal for Specialists in Group Work, 2019
Although the need for counseling specific to LGBTQ+ coming out concerns is recognized, limited empirical evidence exists to substantiate such claims. Therefore, the primary purpose of this study was to investigate the relationship between LGBTQ+ young adults' (ages 18-24) group therapeutic factor scores and their levels of coping, appraisal of…
Descriptors: Self Disclosure (Individuals), Homosexuality, Sexual Orientation, Sexual Identity
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Vannatta, Rachel; Steen, Sam – Journal for Specialists in Group Work, 2019
The authors use qualitative content analysis to examine common pedagogical practices in master's level group counseling classes. The results suggest a focus on knowledge rather than skill outcomes, an emphasis on experiential and didactic methods of instruction, and a heavy emphasis on written assignments as the evaluation method. Implications for…
Descriptors: Counselor Training, Accreditation (Institutions), Group Counseling, Masters Programs
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Finnerty, Sean; Luke, Melissa; Duffy, Jason T. – Journal for Specialists in Group Work, 2019
This study reports a qualitative grounded-theory investigation that explored school counselor trainees' experiences engaging in psychoeducational group lessons with first-generation college-going (first-in-family) high school students. As part of this semester-long, group-based experiential training, counselor trainees developed and implemented…
Descriptors: Experiential Learning, School Counselors, Counselor Training, Psychoeducational Methods
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Swan, Karrie L.; Kaff, Marilyn; Haas, Sara – Journal for Specialists in Group Work, 2019
The current study explored the effects of child-centered group play therapy (CCGPT) on anxiety symptoms and problematic classroom behaviors of preschool children. Using a single case design, 4 preschool children with clinical levels of anxiety problems as rated by parents or teachers on the Child Behavior Checklist/Caregiver-Teacher Report Form,…
Descriptors: Child Behavior, Group Therapy, Play, Anxiety
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Blalock, Sarah M.; Lindo, Natalya A.; Haiyasoso, Maria; Morman, Molly K. – Journal for Specialists in Group Work, 2019
Child-Centered Group Play Therapy (CCGPT) has been shown to be an effective, developmentally appropriate, and efficient mental health treatment for young children. The purpose of this qualitative study was to explore six play therapists' perceptions of conducting CCGPT in four elementary schools. Three overarching themes emerged from the data:…
Descriptors: Group Therapy, Play Therapy, Elementary School Students, Mental Health
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Zyromski, Brett; Martin, Ian; Mariani, Melissa – Journal for Specialists in Group Work, 2019
This pilot study involved fourth and fifth-grade students (N = 25) from two elementary schools that receive the True Goals (TG) small group intervention during an after-school program in one school district in the Midwest region of the United States. A one-group pre-post design was used to assess classroom teachers' perceptions of student learning…
Descriptors: Goal Orientation, Grade 4, Grade 5, Elementary School Students
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Eyal, Maytal; Bauer, Travis; Playfair, Emily; McCarthy, Christopher J. – Journal for Specialists in Group Work, 2019
The issue of teacher stress is prominent and pervasive in today's educational climate. Teacher stress stems from multiple sources, and one more recently articulated source for teacher stress includes trauma-related stress. Teachers experience trauma-related stress when working with students who have experienced traumatic histories. Given the fact…
Descriptors: Stress Management, Trauma, Metacognition, Intervention
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Reiser, Jenson E.; McCarthy, Christopher J. – Journal for Specialists in Group Work, 2018
This exploratory study evaluated a short-term (6-8 weeks) psychoeducation and support group for teachers focused on stress prevention and mindfulness (labeled SPAM group). A total of 4 groups were implemented in different schools, and evaluation was conducted with quantitative (pre- and post-measures of teacher vulnerability to stress, job…
Descriptors: Stress Management, Prevention, Metacognition, Psychoeducational Methods
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Gray, Tara M.; Rubel, Deborah – Journal for Specialists in Group Work, 2018
The purpose of this study was to develop a grounded theory of how adolescents experience the cohesion process in rural school counseling groups. A total of 20 individual interviews with 7 participants were conducted. Data analysis generated the central category of the cohesion process as "sticking together," which describes a "tight…
Descriptors: Rural Schools, School Counseling, Adolescent Development, Grounded Theory
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Hall, Brenda S.; Harper, Irene; Korcuska, James – Journal for Specialists in Group Work, 2018
We explored students' experiences of a graduate level group course infused with components of the Relational Cultural Theory (RCT). During the didactic and experiential aspects of 2 semester-long group courses, the faculty instructors and students focused on creating an environment of safety, connection, and empowerment. The instructor and…
Descriptors: Counselor Training, Graduate Students, Masters Programs, Student Attitudes
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Burt, Isaac – Journal for Specialists in Group Work, 2018
This study investigated a current trend in anger-management groups labeled as leadership development. The goal of the investigation was to determine if leadership is a critical factor in working with angry youth. A total of 52 middle school-aged adolescents from 2 schools served as participants. Of those, 18 participants received a strength-based,…
Descriptors: Adolescent Development, Group Counseling, Leadership Training, Psychological Patterns
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Springer, Sarah I.; Land, Christy W.; Moss, Lauren J.; Cinotti, Daniel – Journal for Specialists in Group Work, 2018
Group counseling interventions can be complex to assess and research. Over the years, The "Journal for Specialists in Group Work" ("JSGW") has highlighted many of these challenges and offered valued approaches to designing projects that promote the efficacy and meaningfulness of group work in various settings. Similarly, school…
Descriptors: Counselor Training, Data Collection, Teamwork, Cooperative Learning
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