Ever struggle with the best way to communicate with parents? I know I have… for years. I facilitate many small groups throughout the year as part of my comprehensive school counseling plan. I send permission slips home to families, with an outline and a couple examples of what we might do during group. Despite this, I often have caregivers, at some point in the year, asking “Yes, but what exactly do you do in group?”
This is tricky to answer. All of my groups are different, based on group dynamics and need. I usually give an explanation about identifying feelings, managing emotions, and a brief discussion of the counseling component or topics might be a part of that particular group (e.g. family structures, conflict resolution, types of bullying, etc.). But this conversation never feels like it does groups justice… and I’m really lucky. I get to work with families who want to know what I do, and how they can support and reinforce group ideas at home with their children.
So behold… the parent mini flip book!
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I thought about what I wanted families to know, and I decided upon the general structure of my groups, along with a few examples of what students did while in group. I also try to add in some resources for the parents, or information about the materials used in group in case they’d like to check them out.