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PRoBE 7 th Grade Divorce Group

PRoBE 7 th Grade Divorce Group. Missouri State University Secondary Field Experience COU 781 FALL 2009. “Divorce Group” Willard middle school Springfield, MO. Michelle Jolly COU 781 Dr. Marci Dowdy Fall 2009 jolly319@live.missouristate.edu. SIMS. Students:

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PRoBE 7 th Grade Divorce Group

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  1. PRoBE7th Grade Divorce Group Missouri State University Secondary Field Experience COU 781 FALL 2009

  2. “Divorce Group”Willard middle school Springfield, MO Michelle Jolly COU 781 Dr. Marci Dowdy Fall 2009 jolly319@live.missouristate.edu

  3. SIMS • Students: • Three 7th grade girls, three 7th grade boys • Two students referred from 6th grade counselor • One student referred from teacher • Three students volunteered • After first group session, one student withdrew from the group • Intervention: • One individual prescreen session • Four 30-45 minute group sessions • One individual follow-up session • Measurements: • GPA Comparison, Self-Esteem, Student Feedback Form • Setting: • Every Tuesday in conference room, in counselor’s office

  4. Intervention • Prescreen Session • Purpose • Goals • Group Guidelines • Background of Divorce • Permission Forms

  5. Intervention • Group Session 1 • “Understanding Life Changes” • Small Group Guidelines • Self-Esteem Pre-test • Commonality Tic-Tac-Toe • Stages of Grief • Taking Care of You • Closure/Summary

  6. Intervention • Group Session 2 • “You Are Not Alone” • Review Guidelines • Stages of Grief • Taking Care of You • “Divorce Is Not Caused By Kids” -Schab • “Talking To Your Parents About Divorce” -Schab • Closure/Summary

  7. Intervention • Group Session 3 • Processing Divorce • Review Guidelines, Stages of Grief, and Taking Care of You • Check In • “Divorce Sentence Completion Activity” -Brigman • Closure/Summary

  8. Intervention • Group session 4 • Closure/Termination Session • Review Guidelines, Taking Care of You, “Divorce Sentence Completion” • Check In • Gifts We Share • Yarn Ball

  9. Intervention • Follow-up session • Individual Follow-Up • Check In • Self-Esteem Post-Test • Student Feedback Form

  10. Measurements • Academic Development • GPA Comparison • Personal and Social Development • Self-Esteem Test • Likert Scale • Adapted from Rosenberg’s Self-Esteem Scale • Student Feedback Form • Overall Effectiveness of Group

  11. Measurements • Academic development • GPA Comparison

  12. Measurements • Personal and Social development • Self-Esteem Test

  13. Measurements • Student Feedback Form • “Before the group started, I wanted to learn:” • “Why my parents were getting divorced” - SE • “I just wanted someone to talk [to] other than my mom or dad” – BH • “How to deal with my issues” – SS • “What other people are going through” - NS

  14. Measurements • “Because of the group, I have noticed these changes in my thoughts, feelings, actions:” • “I feel more relaxed but my parents a[re] fighting more frequently now” – SE • “I am more positive about myself” – SS • “I am more happy then I was before” - NS

  15. Conclusions • Measurement of GPA • GPA decreasing was more reflective of the school year getting more difficult • Measurement of Self-Esteem • 1 student rated their self-esteem higher after group • 4 out of 5 students rated their self-esteem lower after group • Two students mentioned their parents were fighting more, after the group, which may account for some of the decreases • Two other students reports are inconsistent because their self-esteem scores were lower, while they rated having a more positive self image on “Student Feedback Form” • Measurement of “Student Feedback Form” • Students reported having an overall positive outcome from the group

  16. Recommendations • More accurate measurements of gains and benefits of a group on divorce • More sessions for a group of this nature • Difficult for students this age to talk deeply about their parents getting divorced • Overall students were well adjusted kids • Great attendance- all 97% and above • Hardly any discipline referrals-1 student had 3 discipline referrals, while the others had 0 • Good grades- 4 out of 5 students on average had a GPA of 3.0, before and after the group

  17. References • Brigman, G. (2008). Group Counseling for School Counselors: A Practical Guide. Walch Education. • Rosenberg’s Self-Esteem Scale http://www.wwnorton.com/college/psych/psychsci/media/rosenberg.htm • Schab, L.M. (2008). The Divorce Workbook for Children: Help for Kids to Overcome Difficult Family Changes and Grow Up Happy. New Harbinger Publications.

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