Counseling-Psychological-Social (Strategic)

Initiative Description: Cognitive–behavioral group counseling provided to behaviorally disruptive elementary school children by a social worker. Groups were conducted hourly, once a week for eight weeks at the same time and place, with only the group therapist (senior author), group members(students), and selected school personnel (e.g., resource aide) present.

Study Results: Self‐esteem, perceived self‐control, teacher, and teacher aide grades of classroom comportment significantly improved.

Reference: Larkin, R., & Thyer, B. A. (1999). Evaluating cognitive-behavioral group counseling to improve elementary school students’ self-esteem, self-control, and classroom behavior. Behavioral Interventions, 14, 147-161.

Level of Evidence: 3 out of 5 stars Very Good