5 Questions I Ask Students Before Group

When I am planning for and getting ready for group counseling, interviews with students are always a part of my planning process. I want to get information from their perspectives to help me better understand their experiences at school and at home as well as their perspective on their skills! Keep reading to find my 5 must-ask group counseling interview questions.

Planning for group counseling? These are 5 group counseling interview questions that I ask students before group starts!

Group Counseling Interview Questions

1. What do you think it would be like to be in this group?

I always explain to students what the group will be like, the types of activities we’ll do, and explain my expectations for participants. I want to better understand what they think it will be like to get a feel for their willingness to participate and their feelings about being a group member.

2. What is hard for you right not in school? with peers?

These questions help me better understand how the student sees themselves as a student and how they see themselves as a classmate and friend. They always have great insight about where they might need help, and while I have this information from screeners and interviews with teachers/caregivers, it’s important for me to get their perspective too!

Planning for group counseling? These are 5 group counseling interview questions that I ask students before group starts!

3. How are you feeling about school? peers?

I also want to get a read on how they’re feeling about school and their relationships at school as well. This helps me understand what coping skills might be needed or what other lagging skills might need to be addressed in group.

4. What are you good at doing at school? outside of school?

In addition to knowing what students are struggling with, I also want to know what they’re good at going! Understand student strengths can help me plan for ways to let their strengths shine in group. And knowing what they’re good at doing outside of school gives me insight into their interests, which I can incorporate into the group to get more buy-in.

5. What do you like to earn?

For younger students, I also like to know what types of things they like to earn as I’m planning for behavior management. Do you like to earn time with adults, time with peers, tangible rewards, or something else? This helps me make a strategy for behavior management in the group as well. (Read more about Kindergarten group behavior management on this post.)

Planning for group counseling? These are 5 group counseling interview questions that I ask students before group starts! -Counselor Keri

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