Children of Incarcerated Parents Six Week School Counseling Small Group


Elementary (2nd-5th)

Researched Based

ASCA & CASEL Aligned

Easy to Implement

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This 6-week children of incarcerated parents small group is designed to help students cope with the loss of a parent or guardian due to prison. Within this comprehensive resource, you'll find lesson plans, activities, interactive worksheets, and more. This curriculum includes everything you need to run a successful school counseling small group including self-assessments to make data tracking easy. The included weekly outlines are aligned with CASEL Standards and ASCA Mindsets and Behaviors.

Students will learn how to identify people in their support system, build self-esteem and relationships to combat feelings of loneliness and write a letter to their loved ones. They will also choose activities to participate in to promote a healthy life balance and create a predictable routine and rhythm to each day.

Incarcerated Parents Group Outline:

Week 1: Identifying a support system

Week 2: Increasing self-esteem

Week 3: Creating a daily routine

Week 4: Promoting healthy life balance

Week 5: Finding comfort in support systems

Week 6: Writing letters to loved ones

Icebreakers Included:

  • Adjective carousel
  • Would you rather?
  • Never have I ever
  • Discussion ball toss
  • STEM building activity
  • Mindful mandala coloring

Lessons/Activities Included:

  • Cut and paste
  • Crafts
  • Letter writing
  • Interactive worksheets
  • Interview a group mate

Here is what's included each week:

  • Outlines: Easy to implement outlines with ASCA and CASEL-aligned objectives
  • 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!
  • Engaging games and activities: I include everything you need to run each session. Simply print each week before the students arrive and you are ready to go.
  • Self Reflection Journal: Weekly journal reflections with writing prompts

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Benefiting Students:

Each week students will learn support systems and coping tools they can use at home and school to help them deal with the absence of a loved one.

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

Saving Time:

With easy-to-implement outlines and activities, this group curriculum is very low-prep. Simply print out each session before students arrive and keep them in a file folder.

The included self-assessments are a great way to get students to self-reflect on their progress and you can then share this information with teachers, and parents, or in your program report.

Who is this Group Designed For?

This children with incarcerated parents small group is designed for students in grades 3-5 but it can be modified to work with students across different grade levels.

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