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Teaching small groups doesn’t have to be scary! When you have a consistent routine and amazing activities planned, small groups can be super fun to teach. But don’t worry, you don’t need to figure it all out on your own. In today’s episode, I am explaining how you can spice up your group counseling sessions so you can engage your students and make your small group lessons effective and fun!

Small groups can be so much fun for you and the students if you do them correctly. The good news is there is a simple group session outline you can follow to make each session impactful and engaging! I know how challenging it can be to come up with ideas for lessons so I am sharing my favorite ways to teach group lessons, ideas for each part of the session, and tips to make your groups engaging and fun for both you and the students!

Don’t miss the FREE Not So Scary Social Skills training! This training is perfect for school counselors who want new ideas to engage their students and measure your program's progress! In this four part video series, I’ll be sharing how you can teach social skills at each tier, including how to collect data on this topic as well. Be sure to watch all four videos for a special social skills freebie and to earn a PD certificate!

Some topics covered in this episode are:

  • Why it is so important to start each small group with a feelings check

  • Tips for creating group rules in a way that builds trust

  • Ideas for fun icebreakers to use in your small groups

  • Examples and explanations of fun and engaging activities to teach your students the skills they need to succeed

  • How to introduce concepts and track progress 

  • The importance of having students reflect after their lessons

  • Two tips for engaging students in group lessons

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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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