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by Billie Farmer Corder
by Billie Farmer Corder

Structured Adolescent Psychotherapy Groups

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• 1994  164pp paperback   ISBN: 9780943158747
• Also available in Korean (U.S. customers only).  Click here: Structured Adolescent Psychotherapy Groups (Korean Translation)

A "must read" book if you are a therapist who works with adolescents and their families.  Contains how-to-do-it guidelines for each step in forming and leading a group including client selection and evaluation, goal setting, evaluating group process, relationships with a co-therapist, and more.

Provides specific techniques for use in the beginning, middle, and end phases of time-limited structured psychotherapy groups.  Offers concrete suggestions for working with "hard to reach" and difficult adolescents, providing feedback to parents, and dealing with administrative, legal, and ethical issues.  Includes examples of pre/post-evaluation forms, therapy contracts, evaluation feedback letters, parent response forms, therapist rating scales, co-therapist rating forms, problem identification forms, supervision and session records, client and parent handouts, and specific group exercises. 

It is solidly anchored to research on the curative factors in group therapy and includes empirical data, numerous references, theoretical formulations, and examples of group sessions.

"This book is a very welcome addition to the mental health field because it provides a detached, clear model of group therapy written by a mental health professional with a vast amount of clinical experience leading therapy groups for diverse adolescent problems.  This book is a gem filled with outstanding practical and creative ways of engaging adolescents in the therapeutic group process.  The author's extensive focus on the therapist's role as group leader is one of the important features of this book.  The text is comprehensive yet concise in discussing methods of integrating adolescents with diverse cognitive, affective, and social skills and in structuring the group process to achieve expected therapeutic goals."
     -Cynthia R. Pfeffer, MD,
Professor of Psychiatry, Cornell University College and Chief, Child Psychiatry Inpatient Unit, The New York Hospital - Westchester Division

Table of Contents
    1. Theoretical Approaches to Adolescent Groups

Psychoanalytically Oriented Identity Group Therapy With Adolescents
Social Skills Development and Other Specialized Groups
    2. Therapists' Roles and Functions in Adolescent Groups
Choosing and Working With a Co-Therapist in Adolescent Groups
Therapist Rating Scale
Problem Areas and Critical Issues in Groups
Collaborative Session Checklist of Group Process
    3. Administrative and Legal Issues In Forming Adolescent Groups
The Facility or Inpatient Setting
Group Therapy as a Primary or Adjunct Therapy Process
Confidentiality and Recordkeeping
The Physical Setting
Time for Sessions
Closed Versus Open Groups - Time-Limited Versus Continuing Groups
Legal Issues
Supervision and Session Record
    4. Member Selection and Goal Setting
Member Selection Issues: Indications and Contraindications for Group Membership
Age Issues
Male and Female Issues
Diagnostic Criteria, General Indications, and Contraindications
The Screening Group
Selection Issues in Relation to Group Goals
    5. Pre-Therapy Training, Contracts, and Pre-Therapy Preparation
Techniques for Group Therapy Preparation
Group Participation Guidelines
Group Therapy Contract
Adolescent Group Therapy Contract
    6. Giving Feedback to Parents and Others
School Liaison and Feedback With Other Agencies
The Evaluation Letter
Parent Response Form
    7. Pre- and Post-Testing for Adolescent Groups
Additional Instruments to Measure Social Skills Development
Corder-Whiteside Pre-/Post-(Circle One) Evaluation Adolescent Group
    8. The Group Process
Beginning Phases of the Group
Middle Phases of the Group
Later Phases of the Group
Responding to Problem Behaviors
    9. Structured Role Assignment in Adolescent Groups
Structuring Techniques - Early Group Sessions
Continuing and Middle Phases of Group Process
Group Exercises: Middle to Intermediate Phases
    10. Examples of Process in Various Phases of a Structured Group
Beginning Phase
Middle Phase
Later Phase
    11. Issues for Parents
General Suggestions
    12. A Specialized Short-Term Structured Therapy Group for Sexually Abused Young Adolescent Girls
Structured Techniques and Materials Used in the Groups
Some Additional Ideas
Graduation and Follow-Up
Author Index
Subject Index

About the Author
Billie Farmer Corder, EdD, is a licensed psychologist and a Fellow of the American College of forensic psychology.  She is Co-Director of Psychological Services at the Child Psychiatry Training Program of Dorothea Dix Hospital, and Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine.  During 30 years of research and applied work with children and families, she has published more than 100 articles in professional journals and books.  Her program for social skills development for adolescents was nominated in 1981 for the American Psychiatric Association's Gold Medal Award.  She served as Managing Editor of the North Carolina Journal of Mental Health for over 18 years.  Dr. Corder developed a series of therapeutic materials for intervention with children in natural disasters which are utilized nationally by the American Red Cross.  This work was recognized recently when she was nominated for North Carolina's Eugene Hargrove Research Award and was elected to the Wake Academy of Women.

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