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Reiser, Jenson E.; McCarthy, Christopher J. – Journal for Specialists in Group Work, 2018
This exploratory study evaluated a short-term (6-8 weeks) psychoeducation and support group for teachers focused on stress prevention and mindfulness (labeled SPAM group). A total of 4 groups were implemented in different schools, and evaluation was conducted with quantitative (pre- and post-measures of teacher vulnerability to stress, job…
Descriptors: Stress Management, Prevention, Metacognition, Psychoeducational Methods
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Gray, Tara M.; Rubel, Deborah – Journal for Specialists in Group Work, 2018
The purpose of this study was to develop a grounded theory of how adolescents experience the cohesion process in rural school counseling groups. A total of 20 individual interviews with 7 participants were conducted. Data analysis generated the central category of the cohesion process as "sticking together," which describes a "tight…
Descriptors: Rural Schools, School Counseling, Adolescent Development, Grounded Theory
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Hall, Brenda S.; Harper, Irene; Korcuska, James – Journal for Specialists in Group Work, 2018
We explored students' experiences of a graduate level group course infused with components of the Relational Cultural Theory (RCT). During the didactic and experiential aspects of 2 semester-long group courses, the faculty instructors and students focused on creating an environment of safety, connection, and empowerment. The instructor and…
Descriptors: Counselor Training, Graduate Students, Masters Programs, Student Attitudes
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Burt, Isaac – Journal for Specialists in Group Work, 2018
This study investigated a current trend in anger-management groups labeled as leadership development. The goal of the investigation was to determine if leadership is a critical factor in working with angry youth. A total of 52 middle school-aged adolescents from 2 schools served as participants. Of those, 18 participants received a strength-based,…
Descriptors: Adolescent Development, Group Counseling, Leadership Training, Psychological Patterns
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Springer, Sarah I.; Land, Christy W.; Moss, Lauren J.; Cinotti, Daniel – Journal for Specialists in Group Work, 2018
Group counseling interventions can be complex to assess and research. Over the years, The "Journal for Specialists in Group Work" ("JSGW") has highlighted many of these challenges and offered valued approaches to designing projects that promote the efficacy and meaningfulness of group work in various settings. Similarly, school…
Descriptors: Counselor Training, Data Collection, Teamwork, Cooperative Learning
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Newton, Therese L.; Ohrt, Jonathan H. – Journal for Specialists in Group Work, 2018
Approximately 39-49% of college students have experienced grief due to death in the past 24 months. Students' grief is often complicated due to the nature of their developmental characteristics (e.g., searching for autonomy, identity development, career direction, academic pressure, and formation of intimate relationships). Group mindfulness-based…
Descriptors: Metacognition, Grief, College Students, Group Therapy
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Brouzos, Andreas; Vassilopoulos, Stephanos P.; Baourda, Vasiliki C. – Journal for Specialists in Group Work, 2018
Studies examining processes in youth group psychotherapy are scarce. This article reports on the development and psychometric properties of the Psychoeducational Group Alliance Scale for Children (PGAS-c). This scale was designed to assess the therapeutic alliance that develops between the members and the facilitator in a psychoeducational group…
Descriptors: Psychotherapy, Test Construction, Psychometrics, Group Counseling
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Zhu, Peitao – Journal for Specialists in Group Work, 2018
The experiential growth group (EGG) is a common pedagogical activity employed in counselor education and is required by CACREP and ASGW standards. However, various parameters of such a training modality were not specified. The author first reviewed the multitude of current EGG delivery methods and student experiences in EGG. Then, 3 aspects of the…
Descriptors: Experiential Learning, Counselor Training, Delivery Systems, Student Experience
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Cook, Amy L.; Krueger-Henney, Patricia – Journal for Specialists in Group Work, 2017
Youth-led group work shifts power dynamics and repositions youth as leaders in driving the learning they envision for themselves. This shift calls into question how group facilitators measure outcomes of youth empowerment groups. Youth participatory action research (YPAR) has expanded the field of knowledge production by creating shared spaces…
Descriptors: Youth, Participatory Research, Action Research, Group Activities
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Lockhart, Naorah C. – Journal for Specialists in Group Work, 2017
Group counselors commonly collaborate in interdisciplinary settings in health care, substance abuse, and juvenile justice. Social network analysis is a methodology rarely used in counseling research yet has potential to examine task group dynamics in new ways. This case study explores the scholarly relationships among 36 members of an…
Descriptors: Social Networks, Network Analysis, Case Studies, Communities of Practice
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Selig, James P.; Trott, Arianna; Lemberger, Matthew E. – Journal for Specialists in Group Work, 2017
Researchers in group counseling often encounter complex data from individual clients who are members of a group. Clients in the same group may be more similar than clients from different groups and this can lead to violations of statistical assumptions. The complexity of the data also means that predictors and outcomes can be measured at both the…
Descriptors: Group Counseling, Hierarchical Linear Modeling, Research, Client Characteristics (Human Services)
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Peterson, Christina Hamme; Gischlar, Karen L.; Peterson, N. Andrew – Journal for Specialists in Group Work, 2017
Measures that accurately capture the phenomenon are critical to research and practice in group work. The vast majority of group-related measures were developed using the reflective measurement model rooted in classical test theory (CTT). Depending on the construct definition and the measure's purpose, the reflective model may not always be the…
Descriptors: Item Response Theory, Group Activities, Test Theory, Test Items
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McCarthy, Christopher J.; Whittaker, Tiffany A.; Boyle, Lauren H.; Eyal, Maytal – Journal for Specialists in Group Work, 2017
Rigorous scholarship is essential to the continued growth of group work, yet the unique nature of this counseling specialty poses challenges for quantitative researchers. The purpose of this proposal is to overview unique challenges to quantitative research with groups in the counseling field, including difficulty in obtaining large sample sizes…
Descriptors: Best Practices, Statistical Analysis, Group Counseling, Comparative Analysis
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Guth, Lorraine J.; Asner-Self, Kimberly K. – Journal for Specialists in Group Work, 2017
This article offers 10 guidelines for conducting international group work research. These guidelines include the importance of establishing relationships, conducting a needs assessment, co-constructing the research questions/design, determining the approach, choosing culturally relevant instruments, choosing culturally responsive group…
Descriptors: Cultural Context, Group Activities, Research, Guidelines
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Shannonhouse, Laura R.; Barden, Sejal M.; McDonald, C. Peeper – Journal for Specialists in Group Work, 2017
Mixed methods research (MMR) is a useful paradigm for group work as it allows exploration of both participant outcomes and "how" or "why" such changes occur. Unfortunately, the group counseling literature is not replete with MMR studies. This article reviews the application of MMR to group contexts and summarizes the corpus of…
Descriptors: Mixed Methods Research, Group Counseling, Group Therapy, Group Experience
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