Counseling groups provide students with an opportunity to connect with their peers who have similar needs. Groups may be academic or personal/social based and are created based on the current needs of the student body. Groups can be created based on student, staff, or parent referral. Most groups last approximately 6-8 weeks and combine discussion and activities. Not all students will participate in groups.
Sometimes our students experience a family change. It might be a divorce, marriage, remarriage, separation, or birth. Changes can sometimes be difficult for children to deal with. A Changing Families group allows students to come together and learn how to handle a recent change. Students who participate in Changing Families groups are able to complete personalized activities, participate in group discussions, and seek support from students who are having similar experiences. The most important benefit of these groups is for students to know that they are not the only child going through a family change.
As students continue through school and begin to identify close friends, we often find that some students have difficulty with certain friendship skills. When students are identified as needing additional support for skill building, they are given an opportunity to build their own skills through friendship groups. Friendship groups may be made up of students who need help with similar skills, or they may include students who need to strengthen their skills and also students who are included to model appropriate skills.
Social-Emotional Learning Groups
Every year we invite students to participate in our Service and Leadership groups. This year we focused on helping the Dane County Humane Society. During group time we painted birdhouses and made tie blankets for the cats and dogs at the shelter, among other activities. Our 10-day session concluded with a trip to the Humane Society!