Small Group Counseling

Growth-Centered “Mini” Groups

WHAT? These are small learning groups intended for all students in k-2nd grade. It is a 3 session group so that all students have this opportunity. They are not focused on a student’s particular problem but instead focus on normal developmental issues for children of that age reinforcing healthy social-emotional growth.

WHY? To provide an opportunity for additional personal and social skill building, and a chance for students to share, to be apart, to feel special, and to feel belonging. The counselor can get to know the students better and observe behavior in a social setting.

HOW? Each session will be approximately 20-30 minutes long, depending on the age group. Each class will be divided up into 4-5 groups, 5-6 students per group, depending on the size of the class. The first group will meet the first 3 weeks, then the 2nd group the next 3 weeks, etc. until all groups have met.

Since the topics are developmental and can benefit everyone, parent permission is NOT required. However, if a parent does NOT want their child being in a group with the other students, he/or she can do so by filling out the form sent home to all K-2nd graders, or send in a note.

Small Group Counseling-Specific Issues 

Students meet with a small group of peers once a week, 4-6 times. Small groups are formed to provide help for students who are experiencing similar problems. The students encourage and assist one other. Parental consent is required for these types of groups. If the counselor believes the child will benefit from small group, the parent is sent a permission slip which must be signed by the parent and student for group participation. Then, it must be retuned to he counselor for group participation.

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