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Old 11-14-2015, 06:26 PM
 
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Yes, I do do groups. I work in a high school and I'm connected to a SDC room for kids with emotional issues. I meet with a group every week for at least 30 minutes. I love it because I feel like I'm still being a teacher, but it's more focused because the groups are 3-5 kids. I feel like I can really get to know them.

My first two years of being a school psych were hectic, and I didn't have time for anything extra. Last year was calmer, and I offered a group each semester. I offered it to SPED kids first, then 504 kids, then gen ed kids. First semester was a stress management group. I thought it went well. I held it once a week for about 10 weeks. It was during the school day at different times so the kids wouldn't miss the same class over and over. I started with 6 kids, but only 4 came regularly. They seemed to like it and benefit from it. I tried to do one this semester on self-esteem. There was a need, but I didn't get enough permission slips back.

Second semester was for kids with autism. I worked with my SLP and we came up with some good lessons. We started with 8 kids and about 6 came regularly. When we got their feedback at the end, it sounded like it helped them a little. We plan on doing it again this year in second semester. I used the same weekly format as I mentioned earlier.

I really like groups because I can utilize my teaching background, and I feel like I can reach more kids than individual counseling. It's also more intimate than having a class of 35-30.
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