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Peer-Impact Diagnosis and TherapyA Handbook for Successful Practice with Adolescents$
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Vivian Center Seltzer

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780814740422

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814740422.001.0001

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Working Together

Working Together

Chapter:
(p.225) 12 Working Together
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Peer-Impact Diagnosis and Therapy
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Vivian Center Seltzer

Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814740422.003.0013

This chapter describes Peer Arena Lens (PAL) group therapy with adolescents. PAL group therapy is designed to assist troubled adolescents in working through their need for a defensive glitch and to prepare them to return to the Peer Arena to complete the adolescent psychological task of developing successfully into maturity. Therapy groups are assembled in such a way as to replicate the adolescent's home Peer Arena as much as possible. The overall goal of PAL group therapy is to strengthen adolescents' return to their natural Peer Arena, so that they are ready to deal constructively with peer interaction. To accomplish this goal, they will learn to use comparative acts constructively, cope with the findings, and sustain ups and downs without resorting to defensive glitches. The Peer Arena Retrospective (PAR) protocols are designed for use in PAL group therapy. This chapter considers the structure of PAL group therapy as well as the admission and application process, finishing process, leaving process, group discharge criteria and group discharge process, and group therapy design features.

Keywords:   adolescents, Peer Arena Lens group therapy, Peer Arena, comparative acts, defensive glitches, Peer Arena Retrospective protocols

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