Small Counseling Groups
The purpose of a small group is to compliment and enhance student learning by helping students improve self-perception, attitude, and behavior. A support group provides a safe setting where children can increase their:
2) cooperation and communication skills
3) ability to have fun with peers. Children learn from each other and help each other.
The goal of an elementary small group is to PREVENT problems in the future by teaching children new skills.
Small groups are determined based on the needs of the school. All students must have parental permission to participate in a group. Groups generally meet for 6 sessions.
Confidentiality is an important part of small group work, but it can be a difficult concept for kids to understand. Some may tell their parents they can't share anything about group because "it's a secret." Each student can feel free to share what the topic was in group or what he or she said in group, but not what other students have shared. Students who break the confidentiality of group and discuss things outside of group with others may be asked to leave the group. Small groups are for sharing and problem-solving and all students should feel safe in their group.
Friendship- This group is designed to help students build and maintain friendships. An emphasis will be placed on understanding feelings and respecting differences. We will also discuss conflict resolution.
Anger Management- This group is designed to focus on factors that cause feelings of anger, We will discuss effective ways to resolve a conflict.
Lunch Bunch-This group will focus on character building. Students will learn the importance of showing good character.
Study Skills-The group will focus on goal setting and developing good study skills.
Behavior Management - The focus on this particular group is to identify strategies that would help students make better choices. Strategies will be introduced to the students to help them to be more effective learners in the classroom.
Academic Success- This group is designed to help students with organizational skills, test-taking strategies, study skills and time management.
Social Skills- This group focuses on helping students build self-confidence and develop positive relationships with their peers.
Amazing Rays- is a chronic illness group. Group members include both students experiencing chronic illnesses and those who have immediate family members with chronic illness. The students discuss the challenges of living with a chronic illness, but also celebrate each other's successes.
Bright Horizons- is a grief support group. Group members include students who have experienced death in their immediate families. The students discuss the grief process, but also celebrate each other's growth.
Changing Families- is a support group for students who have experienced divorce in their family. Group topics include how to handle common feelings associated with divorce, factors that do and do not contribute to divorce, and accepting its permanence.
Stressbusters- is a program designed to teach stress management skills. Group members learn effective methods to combat stress in various situations
The Youngest Soldiers- is a deployment support group. Group members include students who have an immediate family member serving overseas. Students discuss the challenges of having a deployed family member, but also celebrate each other's successes.
Second Step- is a 2 part comprehensive group designed to instruct students in specific social, attention, listening, and problem solving skills. It supports not only social skills, but also study skills.
Check & Connect Mentoring -is for a select number of students who could benefit from daily contact with an encouraging staff mentor. Mentors and mentees are paired for the year, and work on individualized goals.
In order to create an effective small group environment, each group will consist of a maximum of four to six members. Depending on the content of the group, staff, parent, or student (self) recommendations will identify potential group members. Members are selected with emphasis on balanced group dynamics; students who are not selected may benefit more from individual counseling. Counselors will briefly talk to students when giving them permission slips to either gauge interest or explain the reason for the permission slip.
Also, if a small group on a particular topic is not offered when an individual student's need arises, a counselor is available for individual counseling. Written or email permission from a parent or guardian is required for small group counseling (**unless a counselor has made 2 types of attempts to get permission and has not received a response).
If you would like your child to participate in one of the groups, please contact your child's grade level school counselor