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Children-of-Divorce Group Therapy Bounce-Back Program CONTENTS 1BACKGROUND2 2THE PROBLEM2 3THE RATIONAL OF GROUP THERAPY3 4THE BAOUNCE-BACK PROGRAM3 41GOALS OF THE BOUNCE-BACK PROGRAM4 42BENEFITS OF THE BOUNCE-BACK PROGRAM4 5SCREENING AND SELECTING GROUP MEMBERS FRONT4 51INCLUSION CRITERIA4 52EXCLUSION CRITERIA5 6GROUP PROCEDURES AND GUIDELINES FRONT5 7CLINICAL METHODOLOGY AND APPLICATION CORE6 8THERAPY SESSIONS CORE7 81SESSION ONE7 82SESSION TWO8 83SESSION THREE8 84SESSION FOUR9 85SESSION FIVE9 86SESSION SIX9 87SESSION SEVEN10 88SESSION EIGHT10 9EVALUATION AND FOLLOW UP10 10CONCLUSION11 11REFERENCES12 1BACKGROUND Divorce in the United States has escalated at an alarming rate over the past 30 years It is estimated that one out of every two marriages will end up in divorce Christensen Brooks 2001 The decision to separate or divorce is the beginning of a difficult transition involving negative emotions and disruptions of family routines and even disruption of the structure itself Becker Whiteside 2000 Yauman 1991 states that more than one million children experience the divorce of their parents every year These children may continue to experience adjustment problems related to the divorce for as many as 10 years after the divorce Wallerstein and Blakeslee 1989 put emphasis on the fact that the divorce experience is different for children because they are still developing Booth and Amato 2001 reveal evidence suggesting that parents marital conflict and divorce have adverse effects on children that often persist into young adulthood The children may face a number of personal and social problems including being lonely feeling responsible for the divorce experiencing divided loyalties not knowing how to deal with parental conflicts and facing the loss of family stability Corey Corey 2002 In this paper I will focus on group therapy for children ages nine to twelve As Wallerstein and Kelly 1980 state children from the ages of nine to twelve have the capacity to understand a much more complex reality than that of younger children These children actively struggle to deal with conflicting feelings and try
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