Friendship Counseling Group - Blooming Friendships Small Group


Elementary (2nd-5th)

Researched Based

ASCA & CASEL Aligned

Easy to Implement

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Blooming Friendships is a complete six-week elementary school counseling friendship small group. The gup is Low-prep and designed to enforce the social skills necessary to create and maintain positive friendships.

This friendship counseling group is aligned with ASCA standards and covers key friendship social skills such as making and keeping friends, conflict resolution, qualities of a good friend, and more!


Week 1: Introduction and establishing group norms

Week 2: Making New Friends

Week 3: Qualities of a Good Friend

Week 4: Maintaining and Nurturing Friendships

Week 5: Conflict Resolution with Friends

Week 6: Closure and group self-assessment

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Group Rules: Suggested and DIY Group Rules poster so students can take ownership of the creation of the group rules and norms.

Feelings Check: Feelings Check Poster to serve as a visual aid for students to self-reflect on their emotional state at the start of each session.

Self-Assessments: Pre and post-group self-assessments to track student growth and make data collection easy!

Outlines: Weekly, easy to follow, outlines with objectives to meet ASCA mindsets and behaviors standards.

Games & Activities: A wide variety of games and activities each week, including dice games, interactive worksheets, crafts, discussion cards, coloring sheets, sorting activities, and discussion dice.


Each week students will learn friendship skills they can use at home and school to help them build healthy sustainable friendships. In addition, they will learn what a good friend is and how to be a better one.

At a minimum, being in the counseling group allows students to identify and share their feelings, develop self-esteem through participation, and practice empathy while hearing others’ experiences.


With easy-to-implement outlines and activities, this friendship group curriculum is very low-prep. Simply print out each session before students arrive and keep them in a file folder. For tips on how to organize your small groups, check out this blog post I wrote. The self-assessments are a great way to get students to self-reflect on their progress and you can then share this information with teachers, parents, or in your program report.


Blooming Friendships is designed for younger elementary students, but it can be modified for different grade levels.


*Friendship Pizza

*Conflict Resolution Games and Activities - Pause it and Resolve it

*Social Fluency Social Skills Group


⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Katelyn P. "I use these activities a lot with early elementary students who are struggling with friendships. This has helped to spark a lot of great conversations and growth in my students."

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Lauren N. "My students loved participating in the activities. I feel like they learned a lot in this group to help them make and keep friends in the future."

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Victoria C. "I love that this resource came with the ASCA mindsets and behaviors! Everything was so easy to use, and it all went well with the theme."

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Kaitlyn B. "Students were very engaged and loved coming to group every week!"

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Laura F. "I love this group! I think the metaphor for "growing" friendships is so cute and my girls' groups (1st and 2nd grade) really enjoyed it! They loved the hands-on crafts and activities, and it sparked some great discussion about how to have positive relationships with others."

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Courtney L. "This made my friendship small group so enjoyable for the girls! I love that it came with an outline for each group session."

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