Small Group Counseling

  • In small group counseling, the counselor meets with two or more students.  In this setting students work on shared tasks and develop supportive relationships.  Through giving and receiving feedback, students have the opportunity to gain valuable skills in how to learn and live with others.  Group discussion may be problem centered, where attention is given to a particular concern or problem; or group discussion may be growth oriented, where topics are related to personal and academic development.

    Small group counseling is especially suitable for middle school adolescents.  Groups provide a place where they can safely experiment with reality and test their limits.  A unique quality of group counseling lets adolescents be instrumental in one another's growth.

    Small group counseling is an essential aspect of the role of the middle school counselor.  The topics of the groups are mandated by the needs of the population.