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Guidance Department

Small Group Counseling Topics and Objectives





FRIENDSHIP
OBJECTIVES

1. Analyze how to make new friends
2. Identify important qualities of a friend
3. Understand common friendship problems
4. Learn how to manage conflicts
5. Develop a plan to improve friendships



ACADEMIC SUCCESS
OBJECTIVES

1. List goals and make a plan on how to accomplish them
2. Monitor academic progress
3. Develop study skills
4. Develop organizational skills



UNDERSTANDING YOURSELF AND OTHERS
OBJECTIVES

1. Understand your characteristic traits and uniqueness
2. Develop a positive self-image
3. Identify strengths
4. Improve relationships
5. Understand behavior/misbehavior



SELF-CONCEPT (K-2)
OBJECTIVES

1. Emphasize uniqueness
2. Identify feelings and appropriately express them
3. Understand similarities with others
4. Develop a positive self-image



STUDY SKILLS
OBJECTIVES

1. Identify best place and time to study
2. Set short-term academic goals
3. Develop organizational skills
4. Learn processes to best utilize time
5. Monitor academic processes



NEW STUDENT
OBJECTIVES

1. Help student become comfortable in new school
2. Become acquainted with school
3. Build new friendships in and out of group
4. Have a school buddy (special class friend/helper)



FAMILY GROUPS (Divorce/Separation)
OBJECTIVES

1. Express feelings about changing family
2. Understand that divorce/separation is not child’s fault
3. Identify common problems associated with divorce/separation
4. Understand positive ways family and group members can help in adjustment



ANGER
OBJECTIVES

1. Identify factors that cause anger
2. Understand the consequences of irrational behavior when angry
3. Examine why some situations make everyone mad and others do not
4. Identify different anger reduction techniques



MANAGING CONFLICTS
OBJECTIVES

1. Identify feelings and appropriately express them
2. Learn Win/Win resolutions
3. Speak clearly
4. Understand others point of view (be empathic)
5. Learn how to talk out conflicts



DRUG AND ALCOHOL PREVENTION
OBJECTIVES

1. Learn dangers of drugs and alcohol
2. Understand and utilize the problem solving model
3. Learn refusal skills
4. Identify ways to have fun and keep friends while staying out of trouble
5. Develop a plan to handle peer pressure



LOSS
OBJECTIVES

1. Express feelings about loss
2. Learn five stages of grief (denial, anger, bargaining, depression, acceptance)
3. Discuss happy memories
4. Identify ways to handle stress and loss


CLASSROOM BEHAVIOR
OBJECTIVES

1. Understand behavior/misbehavior
2. Identify causes for misbehavior
3. Set short and long term goals
4. Identify positive ways to get attention in the classroom
5. Learn and implement effective behavior plan

Bayport-Blue Point Eagle