ERIC Number: ED233290
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Mar-14
Reference Count: 0
The Establishment of Autonomy: Assisting Late Adolescents with Positive Management of Separation Issues.
de St. Aubin, Therese; And Others
This manual presents a developmentally focused group intervention, ("But Mom (Dad) - I'm an Adult Now") developed by the Student Counseling Center at Illinois State University for college students who are having difficulty establishing autonomy from their family of origin. The group uses a condition of didactic presentations, experiential exercises, group discussion, and homework assignments; member and leader participation is strongly encouraged. The affective format consists of five, 2-hour, weekly sessions, with a brief college vacation period (e.g., Thanksgiving, spring break) between the fourth and fifth sessions. The break allows students to try new behaviors with their families, and then process those attempts with the rest of the group. The ideal group size is 8 to 12 members, with 2 co-leaders, preferably of mixed gender if the composition of the group is mixed. The group experience can stand alone or be used as an adjunct to counseling. Homesick or seriously disturbed/disruptive students should be screened out. The manual, designed for student group leaders and counselors, includes detailed session-by-session outlines and copies of handouts and exercises for each of the five group sessions: (1) introduction to group; (2) family roles; (3) see parents in a new light; (4) identifying conflict situations, and assertion; and (5) group closure. (Author/WAS)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Counselors
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Illinois State University
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American College Personnel Association (Houston, TX, March 13-16, 1983).