Small group counseling is an area in my program that I feel needs some adjusting and fine tuning. I don't feel that my efforts have been as successful as I would like. I have been looking at other counseling blogs, Pinterest, and asking other counselors about how they run their small groups and if they are successful. The good thing is that I am doing what other counselors are doing (validation is always a good thing). The bad thing is that I don't feel that it is working...for me.
I am the only counselor in a K-5 elementary school with about 350 students. I see groups once a week for 6-8 weeks. Once a week just does not seem sufficient for little guys. The time in between is too long for them to really grasp what I am trying to teach them. Plus, I am lucky if I get to them for each session, so it could be two weeks before I see them again. Ugh! Talk about not feeling effective!
While sitting in training last week, the assistant principal and I were tossing around the idea of seeing groups consecutively for a shorter duration. For example, every day for a week or two. I LOVE THIS IDEA!!!! I can give some intense time and hopefully see better and faster results. Now, I am not sure exactly how this will look or if it will be logistically possible, but I am sure going to give it a try!
I am also going to push into classrooms to intervene early to reduce the number of students requiring small group support. Whew, things will be changing, but I'm up for the challenge. Bring it on!
Thursday, June 6, 2013
Now that school is out and I am thoroughly enjoying my summer, it is time to reflect on the year. This is the time that I look at my counseling program to tweak before the next school year. I will be adding to the documents that I already have on the following link all summer so check back periodically. Happy summer!