Small Group Counseling

Conflict Resolution Skill Building in Small Group Counseling

Conflict resolution is one of those non-negotiable topics for classroom guidance. It always pops up on teacher needs assessments, so it’s a high priority for programming. But sometimes classroom guidance lessons aren’t enough. Oftentimes, I found myself teaching basic steps to conflict resolution and finding that many students were lacking the foundational skills necessary for… Continue reading Conflict Resolution Skill Building in Small Group Counseling

Art Activities, School Counseling, Small Group Counseling

Watercolor Mandala Activity for School Counseling

Lately, I have been playing around with watercolors and crayons to explore different activities that could be used in small group counseling. Two of my favorites are the watercolor affirmation activity and the secret message closing activity. For the more artistic and introspective students, I thought it would be fun to create a mandala using these supplies!… Continue reading Watercolor Mandala Activity for School Counseling

School Counseling, Small Group Counseling

Small Group Counseling Gift Using the Rhonna Designs App

For many of my small groups, I like to give the group members a small take-away gift or token to remember our group. It's always something small, and generally we make it together in our termination session. Often, we'll write notes to one another or create a collage from magazines to represent growth. When I… Continue reading Small Group Counseling Gift Using the Rhonna Designs App

Classroom Guidance, Small Group Counseling

Kindness Demonstration: The Ripple Effect School Counseling Activity

It's not breaking news that bullying is an issue in schools (and the workplace, on the internet, etc.). Counselors everywhere are in the trenches, teaching skills and leading programs that will prevent this behavior so that all students have the opportunity to feel safe and valued in the school environment. To do this, school counselors… Continue reading Kindness Demonstration: The Ripple Effect School Counseling Activity

Art Activities, School Counseling, Small Group Counseling

Watercolor Secret Message: Small Group Counseling Activity

I'm always looking for new, hands-on activities to use with small groups. After using my watercolor affirmation activity, I got the idea for a secret message small group counseling activity. In past girls' groups or kindness clubs, I've had students write encouraging messages to group members or peers in the school that are always fun… Continue reading Watercolor Secret Message: Small Group Counseling Activity

Art Activities, Classroom Guidance, School Counseling, Small Group Counseling

Watercolor Affirmations Activity for Group Counseling

Last week, I shared a post about making scratch art affirmations in small group counseling activities. These can be so powerful for students as they realize their strengths and positive qualities and see them shine through the dark paint on the paper. This week I wanted to share a similar activity using watercolor paints and… Continue reading Watercolor Affirmations Activity for Group Counseling

Art Activities, Small Group Counseling

Scratch Art Affirmations Group Counseling Activity

I love for students to have meaningful take-away crafts or activities from group and individual sessions that they can reflect on at home to remind themselves of the skills they've learned in group. Using their own hands to create something meaningful and beautiful is affirming in itself for students, and when that take-away is filled… Continue reading Scratch Art Affirmations Group Counseling Activity

Classroom Guidance, School Counseling, Small Group Counseling

Self Control Activity: Don’t Tap the Balloon

I'm hearing from counselor upon counselor {from my email group} that self control is one of the major skill deficits they see in their students. I wanted to share with you two of my favorite activities to do in classroom guidance lessons or in small group counseling to practice exercising self control! All you'll need… Continue reading Self Control Activity: Don’t Tap the Balloon