• Group Counseling at CMS

    Groups run on an as-needed basis and vary in topic.

     

    Divorce/Separation:  The focus of this group is to explore the impact divorce has on families.  While students may be feeling hurt or angry, the group focuses on understanding these feelings and learning how to resist unhealthy actions.  During the group, students will have the opportunity to develop and strengthen their coping and problem solving skills, explore ways to navigate confusing or difficult situations, and learn more about themselves.

    Grief and Loss:  The focus of this group is for students to explore the impact of the loss of a loved one, and to gain support in a confidential counseling setting.  During the group, the students will have the opportunity to share memories, identify emotions, strengthen coping skills, and increase positive support.

    Transition to CMS:  The focus of this group is to provided additional support to students who find the transition to CMS in 6th grade to be challenging.  Topics for this group may include organization, schedules, lockers, study skills, and navigating the new school building.

    Peer Support Group:  The focus of this group is to strengthen connections with peers.  Topics can include self esteem, peer pressure, decision making, social interactions, and relationships.

    Drugs/Alcohol:  The focus of this group is to lend support to students who may be experimenting with drugs and alcohol.  During the sessions, students will have the opportunity to learn more about themselves, explore their own risk and protective factors, strengthen their coping and problem solving skills.

    Child/Sibling of a Substance User:  The focus of this group is to explore the impact substance use has on families.  During the group, students will have the opportunity to develop and strengthen their coping and problem solving skills, explore ways to navigate confusing or difficult situations, and learn more about themselves.

    Stress Management and Resiliency:  The middle school years can be a challenging time, when students are learning a lot about themselves, how to manage their emotions, and how to be resilient in the face of uncertainty.  This group will focus on strengthening self-awareness and resiliency by learning coping skills and strategies to manage stress.  Students are encouraged to practice these skills regularly outside of school to maintain a healthy wellbeing.

    Adoption:   The focus of this group is to explore and support the unique experiences of students who were adopted.  Students' questions and individual needs will guide the discussions, though topics may include identity, adoption stories, coping with missing or difficult information, difference, and loyalty.