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All month we've been talking about anxiety, and today I'm going to talk specifically about how you can help students with anxiety through an anxiety small group. If you missed the last 2 episodes, be sure to check out episode 80 where I did crash course on anxiety, and episode 81 where I shared strategies for class counseling for anxiety. 

Small group counseling is a great place for students to practice using the strategies they’re learning and identify situations when they may need to tap into those strategies. In this episode, I’ll give you 4 ideas you can use with an anxiety group. Let me know if you try out some of the strategies I’ve shared. Share a picture and tag me on Instagram @brightfuturescounseling. I’d love to see them in action!

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You’ll have everything you need to best support your students and make your counseling life just a little bit easier. Plus I deliver quarterly live professional development trainings. We also have a fun and active Facebook group where we all hang out and collaborate and do fun giveaways. We’d love to have you join!

Some topics covered in this episode are:

  • How to use Circles of Control during group counseling 

  • Tips for using Avoidable vs. Unavoidable in a small group setting and ideas for using props in your program

  • Ways to use charades in group counseling that can make everyone feel a little more comfortable sharing

  • Importance of using mindfulness scripts and giving students opportunities to practice deep breathing and mindfulness strategies while they’re in a calm state

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More About School Counseling Simplified:

School Counseling Simplified is a podcast offering easy to implement strategies for busy school counselors. The host, Rachel Davis from Bright Futures Counseling, shares tips and tricks she has learned from her years of experience as a school counselor both in the US and at an international school in Costa Rica.

You can listen to School Counseling Simplified on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, and more!


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