Group Work with Adolescents After Violent Death
A Manual for Practitioners
This manual for facilitators of teen grief groups and other mental health professionals, addresses the unique needs of adolescents experiencing traumatic reactions in the aftermath of violent death. Including information on all types of violent death, this practical guide addresses issues of violence, trauma and loss including sections on logistics, screening, evaluation, consent, facilitators and parents.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgements. Introduction. Part I: Understanding Adolescents After Violent Death. Violent Death (Accidents, Suicides and Homicides). Why Group Work. Adolescent Bereavement. The Bereavement Process. Stages of Group Development. Posttraumatic Stress. Traumatic Grief. Witnessing Violence and Violent Death. Surviving After Violent Death. Consider the Context. Part II: Group Work with Adults in the Adolescent Life. Parents and Guardians. Teacher/Faculty and Staff Awareness and Education. Part III: Preparing for Group Work with Adolescents. A Note to the Facilitators. Starting the Group. Common Questions. Part IV: Facilitating a Ten-Week Grief and Trauma Group. A Ten-Week Group Therapy Model for Adolescents After Violent Death. Appendix. References. Index.
Alison Salloum is currently enrolled as a full-time doctoral student at Tulane University School of Social Work, focusing on research in traumatic grief and violence. Prior to her enrollment in the Fall of 2001, she had spent six years working with Project LAST in New Orleans, LA, a program specializing in grief and trauma psychotherapy. She has been a frequent presenter at community and conference gatherings, and is an active member of the NASW and the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies. Last year, Ms. Salloum was selected to serve as a member of the National Advisory Board, Teen Victim Project.
"This excellent book provides a rich and solid introduction to working with groups of adolescents bereaved by a traumatic death. It achieves a good balance of theory and practice, giving clear indications of exactly what to do, and also an overview of the models of beareavement and group processes on which the instruction is based." - David Trickey, Cruse Bereavement Care Journal, Vol. 27, Iss. 2, 2008