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Havlik, Stacey; Malott, Krista; Diaz Davila, Jose; Stanislaus, Denzell; Stiglianese, Sarah – Journal for Specialists in Group Work, 2020
This article describes an eight-session psychoeducational small-group intervention with two groups of African-American youth in an urban, east coast high school setting. Sessions were designed to enhance the self-efficacy and outcomes expectations related to attending college for first-generation college goers in the twelfth grade. The group…
Descriptors: First Generation College Students, Self Efficacy, Grade 12, College Bound Students
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Manyam, Suneetha B.; Davis, Terah L. – Journal for Specialists in Group Work, 2020
Group therapy plays a prominent role in trauma healing through resiliency for African American children and adolescents. Understanding how groups can facilitate change for this population is crucial to become a culturally competent counselor. Further, studying the best practices of group work is essential to better serving African Americans.…
Descriptors: Trauma, Group Therapy, African Americans, Children
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Cheng, Yi-Ju; Smith, LaToya; Ritzi, Rochelle; Wagner, Terra; Pertuit, Terry L. – Journal for Specialists in Group Work, 2020
In addition to the normal developmental tasks, racial and ethnic minority youth may experience other unique challenges that are related to their social, cultural, and structural positions in the US. Specifically, African American adolescents are at increased risk for dropping out of schools and engaging in health risk behaviors due to contextual…
Descriptors: Group Counseling, Adolescents, African Americans, Counselor Qualifications
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Harris, Pamela N.; Gonzalez, Laura M.; Kearney, Brooke; Ingram, Kaitlyn – Journal for Specialists in Group Work, 2020
Though often ignored or stereotyped in school settings, African American females have the strengths and resiliency needed to explore postsecondary options. Yet, current college and career readiness interventions does not meet the unique needs of this population. This article will integrate two models that may be effective in facilitating college…
Descriptors: African American Students, Females, College Readiness, Career Readiness
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Jones, Janine M.; Lee, Lisa H. – Journal for Specialists in Group Work, 2020
School engagement has emerged as a significant predictor of positive academic and vocational outcomes. This study investigated the effects of a culturally responsive group intervention developed for African-American youth on dimensions of school engagement. Student and teacher perceptions of school engagement before, after, and 6 weeks following…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Females, African American Students, Cultural Awareness
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Christian, David D.; Brown, Cian L.; Portrie-Bethke, Torey L. – Journal for Specialists in Group Work, 2019
This study explored the group developmental process of Adventure Therapy (AT) conducted with 9th grade students (n = 20). Researchers measured avoidance, conflict, and cohesion and compared results from this study to the development of traditional counseling groups. Results suggested that AT groups follow a similar developmental process as…
Descriptors: Group Therapy, Group Dynamics, Adventure Education, Grade 9
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Martin Kivlighan, D., III.; Adams, Marie C.; Obrecht, Ashlie; Kim, J. Y. Cindy; Ward, Brianna; Latino, Christian A. – Journal for Specialists in Group Work, 2019
Despite the common use of experiential training groups for group therapy training, the essential features of training groups have not been fully realized yet. Few studies have tested the impact of cohesion on trainees' session-to-session development over the course of a training group. As such, this study empirically tested the association between…
Descriptors: Group Therapy, Allied Health Personnel, Trainees, Group Unity
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Guth, Lorraine J.; Pollard, Brittany L.; Nitza, Amy; Puig, Ana; Chan, Christian D.; Singh, Anneliese A.; Bailey, Hopeton – Journal for Specialists in Group Work, 2019
The Association for Specialists in Group Work's (ASGW) Special Initiatives Committee created a document offering 10 strategies for intentionally using group work to transform hate, facilitate courageous conversations, and enhance community building. Group workers can utilize these methods and resources to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion…
Descriptors: Group Counseling, Social Bias, Inclusion, Counseling Techniques
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Ali, Shainna; Lambie, Glenn W. – Journal for Specialists in Group Work, 2019
Although the need for counseling specific to LGBTQ+ coming out concerns is recognized, limited empirical evidence exists to substantiate such claims. Therefore, the primary purpose of this study was to investigate the relationship between LGBTQ+ young adults' (ages 18-24) group therapeutic factor scores and their levels of coping, appraisal of…
Descriptors: Self Disclosure (Individuals), Homosexuality, Sexual Orientation, Sexual Identity
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Vannatta, Rachel; Steen, Sam – Journal for Specialists in Group Work, 2019
The authors use qualitative content analysis to examine common pedagogical practices in master's level group counseling classes. The results suggest a focus on knowledge rather than skill outcomes, an emphasis on experiential and didactic methods of instruction, and a heavy emphasis on written assignments as the evaluation method. Implications for…
Descriptors: Counselor Training, Accreditation (Institutions), Group Counseling, Masters Programs
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Finnerty, Sean; Luke, Melissa; Duffy, Jason T. – Journal for Specialists in Group Work, 2019
This study reports a qualitative grounded-theory investigation that explored school counselor trainees' experiences engaging in psychoeducational group lessons with first-generation college-going (first-in-family) high school students. As part of this semester-long, group-based experiential training, counselor trainees developed and implemented…
Descriptors: Experiential Learning, School Counselors, Counselor Training, Psychoeducational Methods
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Swan, Karrie L.; Kaff, Marilyn; Haas, Sara – Journal for Specialists in Group Work, 2019
The current study explored the effects of child-centered group play therapy (CCGPT) on anxiety symptoms and problematic classroom behaviors of preschool children. Using a single case design, 4 preschool children with clinical levels of anxiety problems as rated by parents or teachers on the Child Behavior Checklist/Caregiver-Teacher Report Form,…
Descriptors: Child Behavior, Group Therapy, Play, Anxiety
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Brown, Emily C.; Coker, Angela D. – Journal for Specialists in Group Work, 2019
A disproportionate number of African American youth experience childhood adversity and situations of loss, including parental incarceration and divorce, while navigating racial discrimination. Ambiguous loss theory offers a conceptual framework to understand these experiences as losses of relationships, stability, and social validation due to…
Descriptors: Intervention, Females, Adolescents, African Americans
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Erby, Adrienne N. – Journal for Specialists in Group Work, 2019
The purpose of this study was to identify factors contributing to counseling students' cultural awareness in a brief experiential group implemented in a multicultural counseling course. Using Critical Incident methodology, 45 responses from six groups across two semester course offerings were analyzed, resulting in three emergent themes: insight,…
Descriptors: Cultural Awareness, Counselor Training, Critical Incidents Method, Groups
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Lindsley, Josephine Grant; Harris, Johari; Kruger, Ann Cale; Meyers, Joel P. – Journal for Specialists in Group Work, 2019
A qualitative exploratory study examined African American 7th graders' talk about peer sexual harassment (N = 21). A thematic analysis of single-gender discussion groups demonstrated that while students held misconceptions about sexual harassment, they were fluent in the cultural norms that expect boys to push sexual boundaries and girls to…
Descriptors: Grade 7, African American Students, Student Attitudes, Sexual Harassment
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