Week7 6215C Methods of Practice: Group Work With Children
Groups are a frequent form of intervention in social work. They can help reduce the sense of isolation adult clients often feel when they are faced with anxiety, depression, or many other problematic circumstances.
This week, you consider the ways in which children are no different in terms of certain needs. Group counseling can build social connections and help children find mutual support. Although counseling a group of children may seem daunting, many social workers find that groups provide the best environment for children to succeed.
• Webb, N. B. (2019). Social work practice with children (4th ed.). New York, NY: The Guilford Press. o Chapter 8, “Group Work With Children”
• • Lopez, A., & Burt, I. (2013). Counseling groups: A creative strategy increasing children of incarcerated parents’ sociorelational interactions. Journal of Creativity in Mental Health, 8(4), 395–415. doi:10.1080/15401383.2013.844660 Note: You will access this article from the Walden Library databases.
• • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2011). Interventions for disruptive behavior disorders: Evidence-based and promising practices. HHS Pub. No. SMA-11-4634. Retrieved from https://store.samhsa.gov/system/files/ebpspromisingpractices-idbd.pdf
• • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2011). Interventions for disruptive behavior disorders: Selecting evidence-based practices for children with disruptive behavior disorders to address unmet needs: Factors to consider in decisionmaking. HHS Pub. No. SMA-11-4634. Retrieved from https://store.samhsa.gov/system/files/selectingebps-idbd.pdf
• • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2017). Disruptive behavior disorders. Retrieved August 7, 2018, from https://www.samhsa.gov/treatment/mental-disorders/disruptive-behavior-disorders
• • Ziff, K., Pierce, L., Johanson, S., & King, M. (2012). ArtBreak: A creative group counseling program for children. Journal of Creativity in Mental Health, 7(1), 107–121. doi:10.1080/15401383.2012.657597 Note: You will access this article from the Walden Library
Discussion: Preparing a Child for Group
There are a number of evidence-based strategies for working with children who have behavior problems—many of those strategies use groups. In this Discussion, you identify a group curriculum recognized by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and explain how you would prepare a child to enter that group for the first time.
Review the Learning Resources and access the Walden Library to find additional peer-reviewed resources.
Describe at least two advantages of group work with children.
Briefly describe an evidenced-based group curriculum found through the SAMSHA resources for children with disruptive behavior disorders.
Explain how you would prepare a 10-year-old child to enter this group for children with disruptive behavior disorders.
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