Course Description

*This complete Online Course includes a PDF of the book, Get REAL: A Practical Guide to Leading Adolescent Groups (Second Edition), and the Final Exam. If you have access to the book and want to purchase the Final Exam only, click here.

Running adolescent groups can be a very challenging experience. Finding the right style to engage their attention requires patience, understanding of the world as they see it, and training. In this program, participants will be exposed to the Get REAL program developed by the authors.

3 CE credits/hours, 28 questions

Target Audience

Psychologists | School Psychologists | Marriage & Family Therapists | Mental Health Counselors | Social Workers

Learning Level


Learning Objectives

  • Recognize the unique developmental issues present with this age group.
  • Explain the heightened need for acceptance by this age group.
  • Demonstrate techniques for guiding discussions on issues such as hurt and loss, cyberbullying, and relationship aggression.
  • Apply techniques involved in developing concrete thinking in teens.

Beth Harris Brandes, MSW, & Judy Bost Ingold, MA

Beth Harris Brandes, MSW, oversees child welfare, mental health, residential, prevention, and child wellbeing services for Catawba County Social Services in western North Carolina.  Beth has led adolescent groups in schools, community programs, and residential treatment centers in North Carolina and Georgia.  Beth served as social work consultant to the North Carolina Division of Maternal and Child Health, providing guidance to adolescent health centers and maternal outreach programs.  She currently serves on the National Children’s Alliance Board and consults frequently on program development, group facilitation skills, and organizational change.  She lives in Hickory, North Carolina with her husband Rand; their adult son, Blake lives in New York City.Judy Bost Ingold, MA, has worked with young people in correctional, residential, and school-based settings in North Carolina.  Judy currently leads therapeutic groups in the TEEN UP program, which serves over 400 middle- and high-school students annually.  Judy’s expertise in group work with male youthful offenders and middle-school boys has been recognized across the Southeast.  Judy is a popular presenter on group dynamics, adolescent self-inflicted injury, gang affiliations, and electronic media.  She has received the June Stallings Award for her contributions to adolescent pregnancy prevention in North Carolina.  Judy lives in Hickory, North Carolina with her husband, Charles; their adult son Daniel, is a 2012 University of NC graduate.

Course curriculum

  1. 1
    • Statement of Understanding (downloadable/printable)

  2. 2
    • PDF Book (downloadable/printable)

  3. 3
    • "Get REAL: A Practical Guide to Leading Adolescent Groups (Second Edition)" - Final Exam Questions (downloadable/printable)

    • Final Exam

  4. 4
    • Evaluation Questionnaire