Girls in Real-Life Situations (G.I.R.L.S.) is an excellent resource for school districts and community groups that want to enhance the social and emotional development of middle school and high school girls. It provides practical, sensible, and perhaps most importantly replicable tools for practitioners to help girls navigate through the turbulent teen years. --Jill Cook, Assistant Director, American School Counselor Association
As a counselor educator, it is great to see a resource that hits on salient developmental themes, uses sound group principles (e.g., screening, icebreakers, follow up), and fosters discussion to make these often hidden topics explicit. It is also a compelling resource for me, as I try to help two daughters thrive. --Patrick Akos, Ph.D., School of Education, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
G.I.R.L.S. is an insightful exploration of the feelings and experiences that all young women have. Each of the lessons addresses a specific area of life that is a reality for girls today. Taylor and Trice-Black know how to connect with girls to help them reach for their dreams and overcome adversity. A must-have for anyone working with young women today! --Tamara Davis, Ph.D., School Counseling Coordinator, Marymount University
About the Author
Shannon Trice-Black is currently a doctoral student in counseling education. She has been a school counselor for over 10 years and continues to maintain a small part-time counseling practice, working with children, adolescents, and adults. Shannon has presented her work and writings on classroom guidance, bullying, and relational aggression at conferences, workshops, and master's level classes. She serves on the board of the Jefferson Counseling Association and the Virginia Association for Counselor Education and Supervision. In addition, Shannon is a member of the Virginia Counselors Association, Virginia School Counselors Association, and American Counseling Association. Julia V. Taylor was a school counselor for Wake County Public Schools in Raleigh, North Carolina. Julia is a nationally recognized public speaker and frequently presents her research on relational aggression to educators at conferences, county and district in-services, and various workshops. She is the Professional Interest Network Bullying Specialist for the American School Counselor Association and serves on the North Carolina School Counselor Association Board as the middle school vice president. In addition to speaking to professionals, Julia frequently educates children, teens, and parents in local communities about relational aggression, body image, and other adolescent/teen issues. She is currently a doctoral student. You are invited to e-mail Julia or visit her website.