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Groups in Practice

A School Counselor's Collection, 1st Edition

By Debra Madaris Efird


312 pages

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This practical, user-friendly manual will provide school counselors with the information they need to set up and run twelve different counseling groups. Though the author has test-driven the groups with middle school students, the content is easily adaptable for upper elementary and high school students. Each chapter is devoted to a specific group and includes

  • a rationale for the group
  • step-by-step breakdowns of each session
  • reproducible worksheets and activities
  • group-specific evaluation form.

Special sections within each chapter provide tips to make implementation easier and address potential problems. Also included are the American School Counselor Association standards that are addressed during the course of the group. Traditional group topics such as Divorce, Grief, and Study Skills join unique groups tailored for students dealing with Asperger Syndrome, Attention Deficit Disorder, Juvenile Diabetes, and Relational Aggression. The author has used her extensive experience to create this invaluable guide which school counselors at all levels of experience will find an essential tool in their group work.


"Efird draws on her years working with students and her experience in leading groups to create an excellent resource for middle school counselors. She tackles difficult subjects that are rarely found in group resource materials for counselors. This is a very useful and practical guide for school counselors and others who work with middle school students." - Bob Barret, PhD, Professor Emeritus, University of North Carolina at Charlotte

"This cutting-edge book provides group counseling sessions on a variety of relevant issues facing students today. Unique group topics (such as Juvenile Diabetes and Latina Pride) will help school counselors effectively support underserved populations. Aligned with the ASCA standards, the lessons and handouts shared should be a "must have" in any school counselor's library." - Tamara Davis, PhD, Professor, Department of Counseling, Marymount University

Table of Contents

Preface. Acknowledgments. Off to a Fine Start. ADD + (Plus). Asperger Boys Club (ABC). Divorce: Stuck In the Middle. Fitness Matters. Good Grief. Juvenile Diabetes: Living With JD. Latina Pride. Relational Aggression: Friends and Important Relationships (FAIR). Self-Esteem: Making Our Way. Standing Up to Stress. Study Skills: Going for the Gold Star. Underachievers: Boys Improving Grades (BIG). Summary: Crossing the Finish Line. References. Index.

About the Author

Debra Madaris Efird, MEd, NBCT, has been a school counselor and active member of the American Counseling Association for over 20 years. She currently works for Cabarrus County Schools, CC Griffin Middle School, in Concord, North Carolina.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychotherapy / Counseling
PSYCHOLOGY / Mental Health