INTRODUCTION TO COUNSELING GROUPS
All students are being offered the opportunity to participate in support groups at school this year. The counseling department has devised several different groups for the school year and wanted to let parents know about our offerings. A brochure will be sent home at the start of the year explaining the various groups. We selected these topics after surveying our students about their concerns. Interested students may choose from the following groups:
A school support group is roughly six to ten students with similar concerns. The discussion in the group is confidential; however, the curriculum for the group is not. Parents can see what topics and general information are provided. School counseling groups have been shown to help individual students feel better, work harder and achieve more while at school and at home. We hope you will grant your student permission to participate in our groups and that you will share with us any of your satisfactions or concerns.
Student support groups offer factual information about the topic of interest. Groups allow students to examine their feelings about the topic of concern and share these with peers who have similar experiences. The realization that no one is alone - that others truly understand and really care - provides the emotional support.
REGISTERING FOR A GROUP
Throughout the month of September, 6th, 7th and 8th grade students will receive a handout informing each student of the counseling groups available to them. Students that are interested in signing up for one or more group must take the permission sheet home to be signed. The permission form can be returned to the Guidance Office.
LUNCH BUNCH GROUPS
The second type of group offered at Sutherland is known as a "lunch bunch" group. These groups are grade-specific and are generally gender-specific, as well. These groups meet at lunch time for twenty-five minutes once a week and may focus on one particular goal such as friendships, bullying support, homework help or even may be used for students that do not like eating in the cafeteria. Lunch bunch group members have the option to join or leave the group whenever they see fit. Students interested in forming a lunch bunch group should speak with their counselor.
Friday, December 6, 2013