Small Group Counseling
Groups are offered throughout the school year as determined by need.
Small group counseling is one of the direct services available as part of the comprehensive school counseling program. Small group counseling is available to students in kindergarten through grade 5. Friendship and/or social skills groups are offered at all grade levels. Other group topics include study skills (attention and organization), handling difficult emotions (anxiety/grief/anger/stress), impulse control, and changing families. Counseling is offered in a small group for students expressing difficulties dealing with relationships, personal concerns, or normal developmental tasks. Counseling helps students identify problems, causes, alternative and possible consequences so they can develop coping skills and take appropriate action. Depending on the topic, a variety of techniques and materials are used including books, short videos, art materials, role play, games, and suggestions for practice between sessions. Written parental permission is obtained for group counseling.
School counseling groups are short-term and typically last 4 - 10 sessions. Most of the groups for the older students are conducted during lunch to minimize loss of instructional time. We believe group counseling can benefit most students. All kindergarten students are invited to be in a 3/4 session "Lunch Bunch." Any student who did not pass an SOL test is encouraged to participate in a Study Skills group. All 5th graders are invited to be in a social/emotional "Books and Bag Lunch" group. During the 2014-15 school year the counselors led 52 different groups (466 sessions); 285 students (40% of the student body) participated in a small group with one of the counselors.