Student Connections is a pro-active approach to addressing the emotional well being of students as well as the overall learning environment of the school.
By offering peer support groups during the day, Student Connections provides young teens the opportunity to acquire age-appropriate coping skills and problem solving techniques.
All groups are offered using a peer support group format (they are not therapeutic groups).
Student Connection offers support groups for students grade 6-8. The groups meet once a week for forty minutes for 8-9 weeks. Two adults lead the discussions and activities for 10 students. The groups have a rotating meeting time throughout the school day.
Some of the groups offered are:
- Friendship–develop positive relationships with peers
- Stress, It’s Manageable–identify stressors and control stress
- Changing Families–talk about changes due to divorce/separated parents
- Keeping Your Cool–learn to manage your anger
- SOS-talk with others concerning the drug use of someone close to you
- Coping With Illness–share feelings and concerns when a family member is seriously ill
- Duty Calls–talk with others when a family member is in the military
- Girl Power/Da Guys–become more confident, learn assertiveness and problem solving
- It’s Just ADD/ADHD–use strengths to succeed in school and life
- While They’re Away–find ways to cope when a family member is in jail or prison
- Sib Shop–share your feelings about having a brother or sister with a disability
- There’s a Hole in My Life-meet others who have experienced a death of someone close to them.
- 6% - celebrate differences with other minority students
- The Truth About Using–learn how drugs affect teens, recognize destructive behavior patterns & boost self esteem.
- The Truth About Tobacco–discuss how tobacco use affect your health/life, advertizing techniques, effects of secondhand smoke & refusal skills
- Roots and Wings – talk with others about leaving your family to join a foster family
- Strength – discover ways to cope when there is serious conflict in the family
“Developing Skills for Life”
Most students report that the value of the group is in knowing that other students are dealing with the same issues of adolescence as they are. Young teenagers feel less isolated. They learn coping skills, problem solving as well as giving and receiving support from each other and the adult facilitators.
Could your child, or a child you know, benefit from Student Connections?
Interested in facilitating a Student Connections group?
Contact Gayle Klitzke at 726-2400 ext 2240 or email her at: firstname.lastname@example.org