Small counseling groups are one of the direct services school counselors provide to remove barriers to students' learning. They are an efficient way of meeting multiple students' similar needs simultaneously. Groups are formed throughout the year based on needs assessments and referrals from teachers, parents, and students themselves. They typically meet during non-core curriculum times.
Parent/guardian permission is required for groups dealing with grief, divorce/family changes, or trauma.
Groups serving as behavior intervention, such as Zones of Regulation, are the same as academic interventions and do not require parent/guardian permission. However, parents/guardians will be notified and consulted should the need arise for their child to participate in the group.
Groups that are typically available to students include those that focus on:
- Social Skills
- Positive School Behavior
- Changing Families
- Emotion Management