This book guides the reader through the process of creating evidence-based therapy groups for children.
Introducing an interpersonal theoretical framework that maximizes the interactional and experiential learning and growth components of groups with children, this curriculum offers the child group therapist a theoretical foundation that gives structure to existing techniques and an approach that is multiculturally sensitive and grounded in brain science. A deeper understanding of the mechanisms of change that operate in children’s groups is central to the theme, including an emphasis on play and "learning by doing" through real-life clinical examples which permit readers of all levels to achieve a better understanding of how child groups function.
Readers of this book will come away with a deeper understanding of the "power cell" of group therapy: Working interpersonally in the here and now, specifically with children.
1. Foundations of Group Psychotherapy with Children 2. Child Development for the Group Therapist 3. Multiculturalism for Child Group Therapy 4. Interpersonal Theoretical Foundations 5. Therapist Considerations in Groups with Children 6. Group Formation and Development 7. Ethical Concerns in Groups with Children 8. Practical Matters in Child Group Therapy
"Dr. Sheppard and Dr. Thieneman are experts in both the theory AND practice of group therapy. This book represents a rare find: A bridge between important-but-dense academic research articles and actual real-world practice, with rich case examples and examples of therapeutic dialogue that would benefit any practitioner, from neophyte to expert."
Dr. DeDe Wohlfarth, PsyD, Full Professor of Psychology, Spalding University, Licensed Clinical Psychologist, IN and KY
"These two gifted child group therapists have added immeasurably to our field with this book. Their contribution, which draws on their many years of child group work, weaves together technique and theory and is a valuable resource to experienced and beginning clinicians alike."
Seth Aronson, PsyD, CGP, AGPA-F, William Alanson White Institute, USA
"A much needed guide- theoretically grounded, practically oriented, and easy to read- to working with children in therapy groups. A heartfelt thankyou to the authors!"
Thomas Hurster, MSS, LCSW, AGPA-F, Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research, USA