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.