BLANCHE DODD INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL COUNSELING INFORMATION
If you have counseling concerns about your student, please contact me. A determination will be made regarding the most appropriate counseling approach in order to meet the individual needs of the student. With the permission of the student’s parent or guardian, these groups can provide valuable support for students:
GRIEF & LOSS GROUP:
This support group is designed for students who have experienced the death of someone close. The activities in this group help to teach children about death, to recognize and express feelings of sadness and grief, encourage open communication and help with skills to cope with the loss of a loved one.
KIDS’ BREAKFAST CLUB (boys-Tuesday mornings/girls-Wednesday mornings):
Kids’ breakfast club is an open, voluntary support group for Dodd students with divorced/separated parents. Research has shown that interventions can improve children’s post-divorce resilience indicated by improved outcomes following the stress of parental divorce. In this group, I utilize evidence-based preventative interventions designed to reduce risk factors, build competencies, and promote resilient outcomes for children of divorce.
The activities in this group help to develop skills for intermediate grade students to make and sustain healthy friendships in school. The purpose of this support group is to identify specific friendship / social skills that need to be developed or improved upon in each child and to provide group time to introduce and practice those skills so they can be transferred to other settings. Friendship skills can vary dramatically from child to child. Some friendship issues during the intermediate grades can be shyness, aggressiveness, communication skills, the ability to handle common friendship problems, knowing when to be a leader and when to be a follower, or the ability to deal with peer pressure.
ANGER, STRESS, & ANXIETY MANAGEMENT:
Students in this group will be encouraged to identify their angry/anxious feelings and then to express them in various productive forms using play therapy, such as: sculpting using clay or play doh, drawing, puppets, writing, music, and drama/role play. Relaxation techniques are incorporated as we explore the feelings behind anger & stress and appropriate ways to express those feelings.