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Small group counseling is an effective and efficient way to deliver tier 2 social/emotional support to students. You will have learned the basics of dynamics and techniques as part of your graduate works but working out the logistics of providing groups in the school setting can be challenging. It is well worth the effort however and with a little planning, you can transform the lives of your students in 30 minutes a week. Small group counseling topics can range from study skills and friendship groups to grief groups and divorce groups. School wide assessment can help determine which needs your specific student population could benefit from. Small group counseling on different topics is an effective way of meeting the needs of several students at once.
- School wide assessment can help you to determine which groups may be best suited for your student population.
- Some years you may find yourself running several groups and some years you may run less. This will ebb and flow with your students’ needs.
- Small counseling group topics can be reactive and you may find yourself needing a specific group after an issue has surfaced in your school community.
- Small counseling groups can also be preventative in nature, such as with groups for “at risk” students.
- You may sometimes need to refer students out for some groups if their need is very great or if you do not have enough students for a small group, but a student could benefit from one, such as the grief groups offered by Brooks Place.
- I’ve found the Salvaging Sisterhood curriculum to be a great one for “mean girls.” (See resource below)
- What I have learned
- Adoption Group Format and resources (contributed by Laura Samide, Sept. 2017)
- Middle School Boys Small Group resources and “Building Champions: a small-group counseling curriculum for boys” by Carol Miller, available from IYI’s Virginia Beall Ball Library, Man Up curriculum presented at ISCA 2017 (responses from Counselor Talk, December 2017)
- Breaking the Boy Code by Dr. Poppy Moon
- Operation: Breaking the Boy Code Lesson Plans
- Beat the Odds Drumming Program- Helping Kids Cope- One Drumbeat at a Time
- Banana Splits Resource Center support groups for children with divorced/deceased parents
- SALVAGING SISTERHOOD A Small Group Counseling and Classroom Curriculum for Relationally Aggressive Girls (Grades 5-12)
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