Students benefit greatly from learning with peers experiencing similar needs.
Why small group counseling?
A Rationale from the International School Counselor Association
Group counseling, which involves a number of students working on shared tasks and developing supportive relationships in a group setting, is an efficient, effective and positive way of providing direct service to students with academic, career and social/emotional developmental issues and situational concerns. By allowing individuals to develop insights into themselves and others, group counseling makes it possible for more students to achieve healthier personal adjustment, cope with the stress of a rapidly changing and complex environment and learn to communicate and cooperate with others. Research on group counseling suggests that this intervention is rather robust for a variety of academic, career, social-emotional, and global perspective concerns.
small group counseling at cmis
As the school counselor, I offer students the opportunity to join small groups at certain times of the year. I usually schedule groups based on needs and grade level. Once formed, the groups meet on a weekly basis for 6-8 weeks. Each meeting lasts approximately 30 minutes and takes place during the school day.
During group meetings, students will learn new skills and behaviors through discussion of ideas, feelings, attitudes, and opinions. Participants will be involved in a variety of activities relating to the group topic; these may include drawing, role-playing, relaxation exercises, and practicing new behaviors. Students may also be asked to practice new skills with family members at home.
Small group topics may include anger management, social behavior, friendship, grief and loss, self-esteem, study skills, and more.
A parent permission form is required for children to participate in small groups. If your child is recommended, the counselor will send them home with one of these forms. It is to be signed and returned before the first meeting.