Group Work in Schools

Preparing, Leading, Responding (Second Edition)
Anne M. Geroski, Jane E. Atieno Okech, and Kurt L. Kraus
©2021, 274 pages

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    Group Work in Schools: Preparing, Leading, Responding provides practicing and future school counselors with the knowledge and tools they need to develop and master group skills. Recognizing that school counselors leverage both counseling and psychoeducation in group work, the text presents research, theory, and practices in both counseling and education.

    The book introduces the types of groups school counselors conduct; important situational, social, and cultural considerations; ethical mandates; and learning theories for group work planning. Additional chapters cover major group development and intervention theories and group leadership methods and styles. Readers learn how to establish effective goals and objectives for groups, assess these goals, and plan meaningful group activities for their groups. The text also describes important intervention skills and strategies for conducting groups and for responding to problems that arise in groups with youth.

    The second edition includes greater discussion on teaching and learning theories, more attention to group work practices with diverse populations, and expanded descriptions of basic group work skills.

    Group Work in Schools is an ideal resource for advanced courses in group work and school counseling. The book is also a valuable guide for school counselors, teachers, and administrative staff who lead groups in educational settings.

    Anne M. Geroski, Ed.D. is an associate professor in the Counseling Program at The University of Vermont where she served as a coordinator of the Graduate Counseling Program. Dr. Geroski earned her bachelor's degree in special education from Syracuse University, her master's degree in counseling from the University of New Mexico, and her doctorate degree in counselor education from the University of Maine. Her current scholarly work focuses on skills training, parenting intentions, and the study of discourse analysis. She has worked as a teacher, school counselor, mental health counselor, and counselor educator for over 30 years.
    Kurt L. Kraus, Ed.D., NCC, ACS, LPC, is a professor of counseling at Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania. He is proud to have collaborated with Anne and Jane on this project.
    Jane E. Atieno Okech, Ph.D., NCC is a professor of counselor education and counseling at the University of Vermont. Dr. Okech is an Association for Specialists in Group Work fellow and associate editor of Journal for Specialists in Group Work.
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