Why Student Support Groups?
Several students support groups are offered throughout the school year as part of the counseling program. Student support groups provide an opportunity for additional personal and social skill building. They provide a chance for students to share, to be a part, to feel special, and to increase their sense of belonging. Working with the students in a closer group relationship allows the counselor to gain better insight into strengths and weaknesses of the child and allows the opportunity to see the child relating in a school setting.
How the referral process works?
The school counselor, teachers, administrators, and/or parents/guardians can refer students for group. Groups such as friendship, family change, grief, boys/girls, organizational groups will be held as needed throughout the year. Parent permission is required for all students to attend group.
Friendship: this group is designed to help students who are referred to enhance social skills as well as develop friendship skills to help make and keep friends.
Family Change: This group is designed to help those students referred to cope with changes in their families and to learn about all kinds of families. It is an opportunity for students to build coping skills, share, and relate to other students going through the same kind of issue as well as increase their sense of belonging.
Boys/Girls: This group is designed to help those students referred to increase self esteem, relate to others, cope with problems, set goals and contribute in a positive way.
Grief: This group is designed to help students who are referred for grief of loss of a loved one. Considering the sensitive nature of this topic the counselor will use discretion when accepting students into this group. The counselor will meet with students on an individual basis if the amount of students does not meet a large enough amount for a group.
Organization: This group is to help students develop organizational and study skills to enhance their academic experience. It is not uncommon for middle school students to be disorganized.