Group Counseling for High School Students Term Paper

Group Counseling for High School Students
A group counseling proposal for high school students dealing with the stress of high academic achievement and transitioning to college.
# 119334 | 2,484 words | 15 sources | APA | 2009 | US

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The paper explores the research regarding the issues, concerns and challenges that college freshmen experience during their first year and highlights the importance of students being educated regarding the college transition. The paper explains the objective of the group, composition of the group and describes methods to recruit and screen members. The paper also addresses the frequency and duration of the group, the content of the meetings and the practicality of beginning and facilitating the group. The paper shows how by having a group of this nature, students can graduate feeling much more prepared emotionally for the upcoming years of higher education and will feel more confident in their transition to college.

Literature Review
Objective for the Group
Composition of the Group
Recruitment of the Group
Screening Selection
Frequency and Duration of the Group
Group Process and Content
Practicality of the Group

From the Paper:

"Seniors are undoubtedly under great stress during their last year of high school. Between SATs, prom, after school clubs, athletics, and part-time jobs, their lives are often maxed out. Throw in the college search and acceptance process and you have numerous students worried, anxious, depressed, and experiencing a whole host of other highs and lows. Many resort to gossiping, asking friends for advice, or turning to parents who have not been in college in years, if ever. While Daigneault (2008) points out there has been research on the experiences of first year college students, little has been done on the thoughts and feelings of seniors as they transition. This is surprising considering that Census figures show almost 3 million high school students graduate every year (U.S. Census Bureau, 2005). This population is all going through similar experiences - experiences that can escalate if the students do not have the proper outlets to share their concerns."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Daigneault, S., & Wirtz, E. (2008, June). Before the pomp and circumstance: Seniors reflect on graduating from high school. Professional School Counseling, 11(5), 327-334. Retrieved June 7, 2009, from PsycINFO database.
  • Entin, D. (2009, January 1). On realizing it's worse than I thought. Journal of College Admission. Retrieved June 5, 2009, from ERIC database.
  • Erford, Bradley, T. (2007). Transforming the school counseling profession. New Jersey: Pearson Education.
  • Fischer, M. (2007, March 1). Settling into campus life: Differences by race/ethnicity in college involvement and outcomes. Journal of Higher Education, 78(2), 125-161. Retrieved June 4, 2009, from ERIC database.
  • Freeman, T., Anderman, L., & Jensen, J. (2007, March 1). Sense of belonging in college freshmen at the classroom and campus levels. Journal of Experimental Education, 75(3), 203-220. Retrieved June 12, 2009, from ERIC database.

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