Groups in Schools: Preparing, Leading, and Responding by Anne GeroskiGroups in Schools: Preparing, Leading, and Responding by Anne Geroski

Groups in Schools: Preparing, Leading, and Responding

byAnne Geroski, Kurt L. Kraus

Paperback | August 11, 2009

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Finally, a textbook that  teaches students how to effectively lead counseling and classroom groups in schools!


This practical, user-friendly book contains the most relevant information critical to working with students in both classroom psychoeducational and counseling group work in schools. Building upon students’ and practitioners’ generalist preparation to lead groups, Group Work in Schools: Preparing, Leading, Responding offers readers practical direction in planning and facilitating groups in the school setting. The ideas presented in the book are applicable to a variety of group venues and adaptable to multiple age levels. The ‘nuts and bolts’ approach in this book is complemented by a focus on how school counselors can use group work to address complex and nuanced issues (particularly those social issues frequently referred to as "diversity issues") in their school communities. In short, this book teaches school counselors to be intentional in their group work practice in schools.

Dr. Geroski is an Associate Professor and Counseling Program Coordinator at the University of Vermont. Her scholarship focuses on group work in schools and on Narrative Therapy. Dr. Kraus is a professor of Counseling at Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania. His scholarship and clinical practice focuses on counseling children and ado...
Title:Groups in Schools: Preparing, Leading, and RespondingFormat:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 8.9 × 7.3 × 0.4 inPublished:August 11, 2009Publisher:Pearson EducationLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0132390221

ISBN - 13:9780132390224


Table of Contents



Group Planning and Organization


“Lesson Plans”

Physical Space

Group Activities

     Activity Selection

     Timing of Activities

     Processing Questions

Planning for Evaluation


     Outcome Study Design and Data Sources

     Conclusions and Changes


Managing the Group: Establishing a Productive Learning Environment

     Leader Positioning

Group Climate


             Interpersonal Learning


          Safety, Challenge, Risk and Anxiety

            Leader Executive Function

     Preparing Students for Learning

     Rule and Norm-setting


              Minimize Distractions

     Clear Instructions


Learning Map


          Spiral Learning

          Mental Models

          Personal Life Context

            Managing Content and Process Focus


                  Using and Processing Activities




          Assessing Learning Objectives


Responding to Problems in the Group

          General Guidelines


            Cueing, re-focusing, and Proximity Control

            Dealing with Objects and Other Distractions


            Hurdle Help

            Feedback Exchange and Group Problem Solving

            Restating the Rule

              Working with Choices

Using Consequences

     Natural Consequences

     Logical Consequences

Reasonable Consequences

General Guidelines for Working with Consequences


          Drafting the Contract

          Working with the Contract in the Group

     Unhooking from Power Struggles

     Using Time-Out