Organizing Small Group Counseling Materials

I had the best intentions. I thought, “I’ll be so organized this time!” Then it was time for group and I was scrambling for my materials or props. I finally put together a super simple system to help me stay organized and eliminate the scrambling. All I need were a few clear plastic tubs, binders, and Ziplock bags. Need to get your groups organized too? Keep reading to find out how to organize group counseling materials to make your groups a breeze!

Wondering how to organize group counseling materials? Check out my easy system to make sure I always have what I need for counseling groups! Small group counseling materials for elementary school counseling: getting organized in counseling. Counselor Keri

How to Organize Group Counseling Materials

Start with a tub…

To make things really simple, I got one clear plastic tub for every group. The tubs aren’t huge, but they’re wide enough and long enough to hold a binder. For some groups, I use a lot of art supplies, so I got deeper tubs for these. Inside the tub, I store the group curriculum in a binder, all student handouts, any art supplies we’ll need that aren’t typically out on the table, and any props I use in group

Inside the binder…

In the binder, I print and store the entire curriculum in page protectors. I put one lesson in a page protector and any handouts that I need for that specific lesson in the same page protector. This allows me to simply pull out one page protector and have all of the printed materials I need for that session.

In the Ziplock bags…

I store all of the art supplies or props for each lesson in Ziplock bags that are labeled with the session numbers. This makes it really easy to just grab the bag for the lesson and go! When we make calm down bottles in group, I have a Ziplock bag filled with food coloring, glitter, and beads so I can quickly pull out the bag and get started. I toss empty bottles in the tub when I’m prepping as well so that that I’m not scrambling to find them when it’s time for group!

After group…

After the group is finished, I reprint or copy and printed materials and replenish the page protectors. I also restock any supplies or props that were used up so everything is ready to go next time I run the group!

How do you make your life easier when it comes to prepping for small groups? Leave your best organization tips below in the comments!

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Wondering how to organize group counseling materials? Check out my easy system to make sure I always have what I need for counseling groups! Small group counseling materials for elementary school counseling: getting organized in counseling. Counselor Keri

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