Group counseling is a service provided to students in grades K-6. Students may be invited to join a small group during the course of the school year or they may be referred by a teacher. School social workers can cover many issues in small group counseling such as anger, self-esteem, family change/divorce, grief, social skills, etc. Group counseling allows students to share ideas and support another while learning the skills necessary to cope with the challenges they are facing. In addition, it gives students the opportunity to see that they are not alone in feeling a certain way or in going through a particular situation.
Each school year is different and the needs of the students typically dictate what types of groups are offered. I will always ask for written parent permission prior to including a student in group counseling.