Helping At-risk Students: A Group Counseling Approach for Grades 6-9

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Guilford Press, Jan 1, 2009 - Education - 272 pages

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.


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ChaPTer One Guidelines for Setting Up and Leading Groups
ChaPTer TwO The SPARK Curriculum
MOdule TwO Anger Management and Emotion Regulation Skills
MOdule Three Ethnic Identity and AntiPrejudice
ChaPTer Three Effectiveness of SPARK Groups
aPPendix a Sample Materials for Beginning SPARK Groups
aPPendix B Curriculum Materials and Handouts
Sample Materials in Spanish for Beginning SPARK Groups
Curriculum Materials and Handouts in Spanish

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About the author (2009)

Jill Waterman, PhD, is Adjunct Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles, and coordinator of the UCLA Psychology Clinic, the training clinic for UCLA's top-ranked PhD program in clinical psychology. Her research and publications focus on various aspects of child trauma and on developing and evaluating interventions aimed at helping our most vulnerable children. Dr. Waterman is also a practicing psychotherapist in the Los Angeles area.


Elizabeth Walker, PhD, received her doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 2000. As a graduate student, she spent several years working with inner-city students in the Los Angeles area, and she currently works with economically disadvantaged, ethnically diverse high school students in Denver. Additionally, she is especially interested in integrating religion and spirituality into the therapeutic process.

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