Skills for Living


This volume helps counselors provide young adolescents with the opportunity to learn new ideas, skills, behaviors, perspectives, and attitudes in a group setting. The book is divided into two sections. Part One provides specific do’s and don’ts and many other useful guidelines for running a successful group. Part Two contains detailed procedures for conducting groups on eight topic areas. Appendices include pretests and posttests for each topic area, needs assessment forms, sample letters, consent forms, and best practice guidelines for group counselors.


PrefaceAcknowledgmentsPart 1 IntroductionPart 2 Group AgendasGirlfriends: Understanding and Managing Friendships

  1. Getting Started
  2. Sorting Things Out
  3. Aliens
  4. The Guys
  5. The Green Gossip Monster
  6. My True Colors
  7. Flirting or Harassment?
  8. That’s a Wrap

Jugglers: Middle-School Transition Issues

  1. Getting Started
  2. You Gotta Have BIG Ears!
  3. Who Am I?
  4. My Power, Their Power
  5. My Middle Name Is “Flexible”
  6. Truth or Consequences
  7. Roller-Coaster Feelings
  8. That’s a Wrap

Dating and Relating: Male/Female Relationship Issues

  1. Getting Started
  2. Knowing My Dating Values
  3. Dating Rights and Responsibilities
  4. Expressing Feelings to Your Girlfriend/Boyfriend
  5. Power in Relationships
  6. Date Abuse: Violence in Relationships
  7. Boomerang Behaviors
  8. Ending Relationships: When and How
  9. That’s a Wrap

“Teaching Tolerance”: Understanding and Valuing Individual and Cultural Differences

  1. Getting Started
  2. M|&|M’s: What’s the Difference?
  3. Beautiful and Ugly Are Only Skin Deep
  4. Different Drummers
  5. Body Boundaries
  6. “It Isn’t Easy Bein’ Green”
  7. Walk a Block in My Socks
  8. Frogs, Toads, and Other Survivors
  9. That’s a Wrap

Give a Little, Take a Little: Relationships at Home

  1. Getting Started
  2. Power Struggles
  3. My Freedoms and Responsibilities
  4. I’m Not the Only One Living Here
  5. Cutting Edge: Limits on Technology at Home
  6. Teeter-Totter: Balancing Family, School, Friends, and Other Activities
  7. The Gifts I Bring
  8. That’s a Wrap

The Brain Laundromat: Cognitive Coping Skills

  1. Getting Started
  2. ABC’s of Feelings
  3. Garbage In/Garbage Out
  4. How to Get Your Brain to Work Right
  5. No Neggies
  6. Self-as-Model: I Can Do This!
  7. Healing Painful Words
  8. That’s a Wrap

Agree to Disagree: Learning to Manage Anger

  1. Getting Started
  2. Peace in Any Language
  3. Agree to Disagree: Learning to Negotiate
  4. Moody Blues
  5. Get a Life
  6. I-Messages
  7. Big and Little Spiders
  8. That’s a Wrap

Guys’ Club: Issues from a Male Perspective

  1. Getting Started
  2. The Secret World of Body Language
  3. Friends
  4. I Am the President
  5. On Camera: Video Modeling I
  6. On Camera: Video Modeling II
  7. The Big Wuss Club
  8. That’s a Wrap

Appendix A: Sample Forms
Faculty Group Counseling Needs Assessment
Student Group Counseling Needs Assessment
Letter to School Faculty
Letter to Parent/GuardianParent/Guardian Consent Form
Appendix B: TAP-In Student Selection Checklist
Appendix C: Pretests/Posttests
Appendix D: Association for Specialists in Group Work Best Practice Guideli


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