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Peer Support Groups

Peer Support Groups

           Student Services’ groups are facilitated by your school counselor and/or school psychologist and designed to help you learn more about a particular issue and support one another through similar situations. Group participation is completely optional and confidential.  The small group atmosphere will help to enhance personal/social, academic, and career skills necessary to succeed in school and in everyday life. Topics, issues, and concerns that arise in the group, stay in the group.  Breaking confidentiality will result in immediate removal from the group. 

            The nature and frequency of groups will be determined based on need.  Generally, they are held once a week, for 6-8 weeks (or longer) and will be rotated out of the Related Arts and PE periods.  Please note that if a group is cross-graded it will be run once a week rotating through the entire eight period cycle.


Open Groups


Peer Support: These are our most popular groups.  Everyone is encouraged to participate. No problems? No problem, this group can still be beneficial and fun for you. In peer support groups, students will be provided with a forum for general discussion and activities that relate to important middle school topics, including: friendship, stress management, healthy choices, stereotypes, school, self-esteem and problem solving.


Special Topics


Anger Management: Do you feel like your anger is out of control?  Do you blow up over minor situations?  Are you having trouble getting along with friends, teachers, and/or your family?  In this workshop you will learn the dynamics of anger, what pushes your buttons, and how to manage your anger in more appropriate ways.


Controlling Your Emotions:  Do you ever have difficulty staying calm during a difficult or stressful situation?  In this group, students will support each other in learning ways to control their emotions.   


Being Assertive: Would you like to feel more comfortable speaking in class?  Working in groups?  Standing up to people who bring you down?  If so, this workshop is right for you.  Come discuss different strategies to express yourself in a positive manner.


Bullying: Do you think bullying is a problem in our school? This group will give you the opportunity to explore why kids bully and what you can do to help.  If you are a bully, target or bystander this group will help you to understand what you can do to make a difference for the better.


Changing Families: Is someone in your family experiencing a separation or divorce?  Do you have a relative that has been, or is in jail?  Do you have a new sibling in your family or a new stepparent? Is someone is your family serving in the military or coping with a serious illness? This group will provide ideas and support for coping with family changes.


Coping with Loss:  Meet other students who have experienced a loss.  In this group, students will share coping strategies and support one another through various discussions and activities.  


Other: Your suggestions and ideas are always welcome. Please feel free to contact me if you are interested in any of these groups, or if you have an idea for a new group topic.