SMALL GROUP COUNSELING
As part of a comprehensive school counseling program within the Methacton School District, Arcola counselors co-facilitate short-term, educational support groups. The small groups are designed to support students' development of social, emotional and academic skills. Within a smaller, more individualized setting, students are taught interpersonal, coping and study skills for use in the wider school environment. Groups also support resiliency and assist in removing barriers to learning, allowing students to better access the district's academic curriculum.
Opportunities to participate in educational support groups vary with the needs of students. Although participation in educational support groups is voluntary, students may be referred through the Individualized Education Planning (IEP) process or the Methacton Assistance Program for Students (MAPS) process. At other times, students may be recommended for small group participation by the school counselor, a teacher, the principal or the student's parents. The groups offered through the Arcola counseling department are inclusionary.
Below are groups that we have facilitated in the past based on the needs of the student population. Some groups are ongoing, while others run for a marking period or a semester. Please contact your student's school counselor for more information on whether or not a group is active. Written parental consent is required for most groups prior to student participation.
Comfort, Hope, and Healing
This group is for students who are looking for a place for a little comfort, hope and healing. Life is a challenge and we can get through it with a little support from those who understand our loss and grief. In this group students will have the opportunity to meet with other students who know how tough it is when a parent, sibling or family member leaves or passes away.
Out to Lunch with the Guys
This group for boys meets one day per cycle during lunch. Boys get a chance to meet with other boys in their grade to discuss school, parents, and friends. Topics will include (but are not limited to) making and keeping friends, communicating with others, getting involved in school and in the community, and making good choices.
This group for girls meets one day per cycle during lunch. In this group, a wide variety of topics are discussed from friends to school to parents. Join Girls Talk for some good discussions on what is important to you!