5 Closing Rituals for Group Counseling

When I plan for group counseling, I always think about how we’ll wrap things up in the end as well. Some of this develops organically throughout the group as the students get to know each other and create their own bonds. I always want to end our time together in a meaningful way that is reflective of the growth and relationships that took place in group. Keep reading to find 5 group counseling closing rituals that you can use in your groups!

Looking for meaningful ways to end group counseling? Check out these 5 group counseling closing rituals to use with your students!

Group Counseling Closing Rituals

1. Group Motto

If you have a group motto or group affirmation that students have developed or said together throughout the group, using this to end the group is a great way to wrap up. Students can simply stand or sit in a circle and say the motto or affirmation in unison as the last group activity before leaving the space.

2. Leave Your Mark

For this activity, students can leave a handprint or thumbprint to make something as a group. You could use their thumbprints to make a bundle of balloons, a flower, a caterpillar or something else. Or you could use handprints to make something your students choose. This is just something to leave behind that they can see when they come back to the counseling office as a reminder of their time in group. I leave students’ names off of this so I can hang them on the wall.

3. My Hope for You

This closing ritual takes some time, but it’s so meaningful! Students take turns sharing their hopes for group members. They can say something to each group member or you can draw names so that each person shares their hope for one other person. Students simply say, “My hope for you is…” and share what they hope for the group member after group ends. You can also have students write these so that group members have a tangible take-away after group.

Looking for meaningful ways to end group counseling? Check out these 5 group counseling closing rituals to use with your students!

4. Pass the Peace

In this ritual, students can stand in a circle and hold hands or just face each other. If students are holding hands, one student begins by gently squeezing the hand of the person to their left. They say, “I pass the peace to you.” This continues around the circle as a way to pass peace to each group member before they leave the group. If students not holding hands, one student can begin by making eye contact with someone and giving them a wink or a smile and saying, “I pass the peace to you.” This continues until everyone has received the peace.

5. You Impacted Me

In this ritual, students take turns sharing how other group members impacted them during group. It could be something they said, something they shared, or a way they treated others. It’s a nice way for students to hear how they have had an impact on others to remember and take away from group.

What are your favorite group counseling closing rituals? Leave them in the comments below!

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2 thoughts on “5 Closing Rituals for Group Counseling

  1. EXCELLENT materials and resources. Thanks for sharing.
    What do you have available for high school students in small groups and worrying?

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