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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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PAL and the Professional

PAL and the Professional

Davey’s Story

Chapter:
(p.262) 14 PAL and the Professional
Source:
Peer-Impact Diagnosis and Therapy
Author(s):

Vivian Center Seltzer

Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814740422.003.0015

This chapter presents a case study—that of a fourteen-year-old Black male of Caribbean descent in the ninth grade who lived in a lower-middle-class neighborhood near a large New Jersey city—to illustrate the ever-present potential for complexity in Peer Arena Lens (PAL) group therapy. Several examples of complexity are evident in this case, including the decision-making process that must take place to meet an adolescent's altered “next-step” needs. The boy's case also demonstrates how PAL procedures can be mixed and matched and how and when Peer Arena Retrospective (PAR) protocols can be used even after the adolescents are enrolled in PAL. This chapter focuses on the boy's referral information, family history, missing information, cognitive development, and the protocols used to determine if the boy had adopted a defensive glitch. It also considers the boy's reentry into PAL group therapy and how he was impacted by the therapy.

Keywords:   defensive glitch, Peer Arena Lens group therapy, decision-making, Peer Arena Retrospective protocols, adolescents, family history, cognitive development

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