Your Guide to the Worry Warriors Group Counseling Curriculum Update: What’s New

If you’re a Worry Warriors group counseling curriculum user, I’ve got big news for you! The curriculum just got a major update, and it’s jam-packed with new activities to make your group even more engaging, even more effective, and even more fun! I’m outlining all of the updates in this post so you can see what worry management activities are in store for your students. Watch the video below or read on for the specifics on each session!

New Worry Management Activities in the Worry Warriors Group Counseling Curriculum

Looking for worry management activities for your group counseling curriculum? Read more about what's new with the Worry Warriors group curriculum!

Supplemental Materials:

Aside from the sessions, the new Worry Warriors has even more supplemental materials to get you started. I included a new pre/post test to use with students. In one version, students color or circle thumbs to indicate their responses to statements. In the other version, they can circle statements (always, sometimes, never). I also included an adult rater form so teachers or parents can provide information as well. You’ll also find a teacher nomination form, parent letter, reminder bracelets, counselor passes, and completion certificates.

Session 1: Group Introduction

In this session, students get to know the counselor and are introduced to the group process. Students will set group expectations and share more about themselves. Your students can make a worry warrior shield to introduce themselves by decorating it with symbols to represent who they are. Then, they can play a roll and respond game to learn more about one another and share how they’re feeling about being in group.

Looking for worry management activities for your group counseling curriculum? Read more about what's new with the Worry Warriors group curriculum!

Session 2: What is Worry?

In this session, students will learn more about what exactly worry is. There is a printable booklet that describes the physical and biological process of worry as well as visual aids that describe physical signs of worry. Students create their own handout to show the physical signs of worry they experience. Two options are included here – one works well for students who are comfortable writing and have the vocabulary to describe their bodies and the other works well for students who aren’t comfortable writing or will be more successful identifying specific regions of their bodies that experience physical signs of worry. Wrap this session up by teaching students to use their Worry Warrior breath! There’s a simple visual script to practice controlled breathing.

Session 3: Grounding

In this session, students will learn and practice simple grounding strategies. Practice using these skills when students are in the midst of high activity by having a dance party. Pause the music, and stop and ground! Then, wrap up your session with a simple yoga or stretching sequence. A script is included as well as visuals that use the yoga and stretching terminology.

Session 4: Personifying Worry

Get ready to build your own worry monster! In this session, students learn about personifying their worry so that they can talk to it and tame it! Use a simple handout to name and describe a worry monster, or use the monster kit to build your own worry monster. Students can choose their own eyes, mouths, bodies, arms, and legs to build a worry monster and then describe their worry monsters using the booklet pages. Practice taming worry monsters with statements like, “I don’t have to listen to you! You’re not in charge of my thoughts.”

Looking for worry management activities for your group counseling curriculum? Read more about what's new with the Worry Warriors group curriculum!

Session 5: Thoughts, Feelings, and Actions

In this session, students will learn more about the connections between thoughts, feelings, and actions. A printable booklet is included to describe the chain reaction that comes after a worry thought. Students will work together to complete sequencing puzzles identifying the sequence of thoughts, feelings, and actions. Then, they’ll learn about how alternate thoughts that challenge the worries can change the chain reaction! By the end of the session, they’ll practice reframing their own worry thoughts and thinking about how this can change their own chain reaction.

Looking for worry management activities for your group counseling curriculum? Read more about what's new with the Worry Warriors group curriculum!

Session 6: Can I Control That?

We all have students who worry about things outside of their control. This is super distressing! This session is all about helping kids see what they can and cannot control and develop self talk to help themselves through this. Students will review cards and decide if the things on the cards are things they can control or cannot control. If they can control them, they’ll place the cards in the Worry Warrior’s satchel. Make it fun by hiding the cards and letting the group members find them! Afterward, practice self talk like, “I can’t control Hannah’s words, but I can control my reaction,” or “I can’t control the weather, but I can control my breathing.”

Looking for worry management activities for your group counseling curriculum? Read more about what's new with the Worry Warriors group curriculum!

Session 7: Thought Checking

Time to evaluate those worries and see if they hold water! Use the included printable booklet to show students how Worry Warrior’s can use their special skills to investigate their worries. Then, practice checking worry thoughts with the included printables and activity mat. Students can make their own thought-checking sliders to keep on their desks or inside their notebooks for quick reference when they need it!

Looking for worry management activities for your group counseling curriculum? Read more about what's new with the Worry Warriors group curriculum!
Looking for worry management activities for your group counseling curriculum? Read more about what's new with the Worry Warriors group curriculum!

Session 8: My Responsibilities

Along the lines of things that are in their control, many students worry about things that are not their responsibilities. Students will sort kid responsibilities vs. adult responsibilities and practice self talk to help themselves remember what they can do in the moment.

Looking for worry management activities for your group counseling curriculum? Read more about what's new with the Worry Warriors group curriculum!

Session 9: Controlled Breathing

This session is all about helping kids find controlled breathing exercises that work for them! Four breathing exercises are included with vibrant visual aids to guide the session. Then, students can create their own breathing exercises from one of the 9 blank breathing exercise cards. This really helps students solidify their understand of the process and gives them a chance to make it their own.

Session 10: Progressive Muscle Relaxation

In this session, students will go on a Worry Warriors adventure through the forest, into a cave, and to a Worry Warrior party while they practice progressive muscle relaxation! A script is included, as well as a yoga stretching activity to wrap up the session.

Session 11: Social Supports

In this session, students will do a movement-based activity to explore the need for supportive people! They’ll think about supportive qualities in others and identify their Worry Warrior Battle Buddies. They can create a Worry Warrior shield craft to name their battle buddies too.

Looking for worry management activities for your group counseling curriculum? Read more about what's new with the Worry Warriors group curriculum!

Session 12: Termination

In the final session of the group, students will do a 3-2-1 discussion to reflect on their own growth and personal changes. Then, students can create a card deck of all of the Worry Warrior battle skills they’ve learned throughout group!

Looking for worry management activities for your group counseling curriculum? Read more about what's new with the Worry Warriors group curriculum!

As you can see, it’s jam-packed with new activities! Be sure to download your free update from your account on either Teachers Pay Teachers or on my blog (wherever you purchased the group). Be sure to email me and let me know how it goes – I love hearing from you!

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Looking for worry management activities for your worry group counseling curriculum? Read more about what's new with the Worry Warriors group curriculum! These activities will help kids manage worries and deal with anxiety in your elementary school counseling group counseling activities. -Counselor Keri

2 thoughts on “Your Guide to the Worry Warriors Group Counseling Curriculum Update: What’s New

  1. Hello-can you guide me on how to download the updated version of Worry Warriors on TPT if we already purchased the prior curriculum? Thank you.

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