Small Group Counseling
I offer small group sessions throughout the school year for first through fifth grades. Small groups are an effective way for students to benefit from personal emotional and social growth, as well as to gain support from peers with similar needs. For simplicity I call all of my small groups "Friendship Groups," however the topics may include social skills, anger management, changing families, friendship skills, school success skills, and/or grief. Groups meet once a week for approximately half of the school year, usually a fall series and a spring series. Students can request to be in a group or they may be referred by their teachers, other staff members, and/or parents.
Group counseling is a powerful experience for children because they quickly learn that they are not alone in their experiences. They learn to trust and confide in others. They also learn that we have far more in common than we have differences. Children can be each other's best supports, and small groups offer the kind of relationships and skill building that promotes emotional and social growth, plus encourages academic success.
Small Group Intervention Groups are designed to supplement our classroom guidance curricula. Some students will need additional lessons which are presented in a small group format. Small groups generally meet once a week for 30 minutes for two months or so during regular school hours.In addition, sometimes groups are formed to meet the needs of a group of kids experiencing similar concerns. Groups in past have included : grief group, self control patrol ( a group designed to work on anger management skills), putting on the brakes ( a group to increase focus and self control), friendship groups, families in transitions and a group designed for students with Autism Spectrum Disorders.Parent permission is required for these groups.