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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 Group Therapy in Action

PAL Group Therapy in Action

Two Case Studies

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Peer-Impact Diagnosis and Therapy

Vivian Center Seltzer

NYU Press

This chapter presents two case studies that illustrate the structure and process of Peer Arena Lens (PAL) group therapy. Both cases involve teenage girls, one from a middle-class Latino family and the other from a white middle-class family. The first girl had adopted a False Facade defensive glitch and donned a mask of maturity. The marijuana found in her room was the first crack in her defensive glitch. The second case presents information on an unusual home environment, the effects of scarcity of peers for comparative acts, the impact of puberty, use of protocols, and PAL therapy interactional dynamics. This chapter considers the diagnosis done on the two girls and evaluates the impact of PAL group therapy on them.

Keywords:   teenage girls, Peer Arena Lens group therapy, False Facade, defensive glitch, marijuana, peers, comparative acts, puberty, diagnosis

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