ERIC Number: ED259236
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985
Establishing a Group Counseling Program for Elementary School Children Who Have Experienced Parental Divorce.
This practicum report describes a counseling program established in the school setting for young children who have experienced parental divorce. Chapter I describes the Merrytown Energyville Regional School System, New Jersey, in which the program was established and notes the author's role and responsibilities. Chapter II presents the results of a survey conducted to establish the need for counseling services and identifies six causes for the lack of counseling services for children of divorced parents. A literature review on the effects of divorce focuses on three areas: psychological effects, school-related issues, and specific interventions. Chapter III states the goals and objectives for the practicum and describes the five systems of measurement (i.e., a pre- and post-counseling questionnaire, clinical impressions, parent and teacher comments, and attendance records) used to evaluate the divorce counseling program. Chapter IV summarizes three possible solutions to the lack of counseling services for children of divorced parents and details the eight group sessions conducted during the practicum. Chapter V highlights the results of the program in relation to the criteria established earlier. Conclusions, general recommendations, recommendations for dissemination of the results, and a reference list and brief bibliography are provided. The five appendices contain the survey instrument used in establishing the need counseling services, the pre- and post-counseling questionnaire for children, sample letters to parents or guardians, and a summary of the eight group activities. (KGB)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Ed.D. Practicum, Nova University.