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Collaborative Model: Groups :

Collaborative Model: Groups EDCO 593: Historical Development of School Counseling and School Psychology By: Jessica Wright


How can Groups help Kids? Group workshops are one of the most common strategies to promote positive changes in attitudes and behaviors amongst Peers.

Organizing small groups:

Organizing small groups Multiple sessions seem to be most effective in producing self reported change in attitude and behaviors Weekly group education sessions 2-2.5 hours lasting 10-16 weeks seem to be most effective in sustaining attitude change Allow participants time between sessions(a few days to a week) to reflect about the content to allow men and boys to apply themes discussed to real life experiences and to reflect about the challenges that may follow.

Groups School Counselors and School Psychologist can hold:

Groups School Counselors and School Psychologist can hold FISH Group (FAMILIES IN SEPARATE HOMES): for students whose parents have or are currently experiencing divorce or separation Friendship Group: social skills training Girls Rock: building self-esteem and resiliency in girls Building Champions: Encouraging the leader within boys Angry Birds: helping students understand their anger and strong emotions Worry Warriors: Learning coping skills for stress/anxiety

Groups Continued :

Groups Continued Random Grouping This is completely arbitrary grouping. Use this technique when your focus is on management and forming groups of equal size Achievement or Ability Grouping: In this grouping situation, students with similar achievement levels or academic strengths are placed in the same group Social (Cooperative) Grouping With this kind of grouping, you assign each of your students a different role in order to give them the opportunity to practice specific social skills. Interest Grouping: You assign students to a group or have them assign themselves to a group based on their interest in particular topics of study Student Choice Grouping Allowing students to group themselves according to a shared preference, for an author or genre in reading.

Long term effect with Groups:

Long term effect with Groups Provides Resources to students Flexible learning for students Inspiring Confidence More Opportunities for feedback Small groups can build trust Small groups can build team working skills Small groups build friendships More patients with small group settings


Reflect on Groups

Role of School Counselors and School Psychologist :

Role of School Counselors and School Psychologist Too many counselors just want to meet during lunch, before or after school with a group of students. When having a small group of (6-8) students you can set and hold a clear behavioral expectations. “ I Love running groups SO MUCH! They really are my favorite part of school counseling! I have definitely figured out the secret to their success: having an excellent session plan or curriculum to follow ” - School Counselor Stephanie School counselors/psychologist Can offer small group counseling as determined by need. This gives the students the opportunity to discuss the emotions that may occur, develop coping strategies and self- awareness, improve confidence, and hear from peers that they are not alone. Students learn skills they cannot obtain in a classroom or individually. To have children in small groups check in with your childs ’ counselor to obtain the resources.

The Art of Group Counseling in Schools:

The Art of Group Counseling in Schools Running small groups in schools requires a strong set of leadership skills, the most important being the ability to make groups interesting and engaging. Running small groups is about the art of engagement and control. Hear specific skills such as drawing out, cutting off and using rounds, that are necessary for school counselors.

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