Periodically I will invite students to meet in a small group setting to discuss a common issue.
Parents/Guardians need to sign a permission slip to consent to this. Our groups focus on a common theme, such as; divorce, anger, family changes, making good choices, self-esteem, etc.
The students learn about group confidentiality, taking turns, listening to others, sharing ideas, and coping strategies.
The students are invited to the group based on referrals from their parent/guardian, teacher, principal, me, or by the student's request.
Typically the students in the group develop a bond with me, each other and mutual respect for one another. This helps build the relationship building skill for children.