ERIC Number: ED234571
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Jul
Reference Count: 0
Collaborative Wellness Counseling with a Group of Black Adolescents.
Jones, Mary Ann; Williams, Michael A.
A counseling group for eight black male adolescents in foster care used techniques associated with wellness counseling and holistic health (emphasis on strengths, self responsibility, and a collaborative approach). The counseling program was a joint venture undertaken by two psychologists and a community mental health center. Games, fun activities, and popular music were incorporated into the program to help promote the participants' acceptance of the permanent separation from their natural families and to deal with conflicts arising from the separation. The group focused on the importance of individual responsibility in systematically identifying options for personal action and making intelligent choices. Positive results from the group included significant individual achievement for all members, positive group identification and good relationships with the therapists, increased openness in expressing individual needs, and greater appreciation of individual strengths. Among negative aspects were lack of involvement of foster parents and difficulties with billing and reimbursement. (CL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Council for Exceptional Children National Conference on the Exceptional Black Child (Atlanta, GA, July 24-27, 1983).