Group Counseling

Why run groups?  Research indicates that groups counseling can increase academic performance and increase the likelihood of changed behavior due to peer modeling and practice (Greenberg, 2003). In addition to the academic and behavioral changes that can be noted, groups allow me to reach a greater number of students and address a wider variety of needs than individual counseling alone.

Here is a sample of group curriculum I created for working with 9th grade girls.

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Curriculum that I have incorporated into my group counseling practice thus far includes materials from:

AVID, Advancement Via Individual Determination, is a college readiness system for elementary through post-secondary that is designed to increase school wide learning and performance.

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Girls in Real-Life Situations is a curriculum designed to encourage young girls to share feelings and struggles as they openly discuss important issues in a safe and supportive environment. They are given the opportunity to feel empowered, gain self-awareness, develop coping strategies, improve problem-solving skills, understand that they are not alone, and learn to make healthy decisions.

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Safe Crossings  is a program that provides anticipatory grief and bereavement counseling to children who are struggling with the potentially devastating emotional challenges of a loved one’s terminal illness and death

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Salvaging Sisterhood is a group curriculum designed to teach relationally aggressive girls how to effectively communicate with one another.  It is designed to:  raise awareness about relational aggression, help girls develop empathy, lessen incidence of gossip, rumor spreading, and backstabbing, help girls develop a strong sense of self, teach girls to diffuse their anger, without disrespecting each other and provide a safe, educational, and fun environment for girls to explore and share their feelings  related to girl bullying

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The WhyTry Program helps students some of the critical social and emotional skills everyone needs to succeed. WhyTry can provide tools to help change patterns of failure and indifference and improve a child’s school career. WhyTry can help provide motivation to put in the effort to graduate and lower the anxiety about their future                                                          that often leads to self-defeating behavior.

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