ERIC Number: ED350506
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
Counseling Strategies To Help Children Cope with the Stress of Living in Homes with a Chemically Dependent Parent.
This practicum in an elementary school attempted to provide adaptive strategies to children of alcoholic parents so that they would be able to cope effectively with their family problems. It also attempted to develop self-esteem in these children and to help them to recognize their strengths. Biweekly counseling sessions were designed to teach coping mechanisms and to provide support. Drug and alcohol education was taught to the students and staff. Through games, discussion, poetry, music, and art children learned about feelings, defenses, and choices. The group was limited to 10 to 15 students. Children were encouraged to explore typical teenage problems and ways to overcome them. Parents were invited to get involved. Data was collected before, during, and after the counseling sessions. Outcomes of the practicum were very encouraging. Teachers reported that they had more knowledge of the problem and would seek help for their students. Data showed that students achieved a more positive self-image. Staff made use of substance abuse materials and parental communication increased. The results confirmed that counseling mechanisms could reduce stress for the child raised in an atmosphere of instability and insecurity. (Contains 19 references.) (ABL)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Ed.D. Practicum, Nova University.