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School Counselor Groups

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Therapeutic dream catchers! Steps: 1) draw/pattern of dream catcher 2) decorate dream catcher 3) have the child write out negative emotions, triggers, or experiences. 4) trap the negative thoughts/triggers/emotions 5)have the child circle the dream catcher with strengths, positive traits, activities, and other things/people the client loves. #cbt #therapy #kids #socialwork #intervention #cpst #counseling #ecmh #therapist

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Gossip is like Glitter... An activity to teach students about gossiping and bullying

Tales of a Teacher: Gossip is like Glitter...

Group Bulletin Board - Don't have a meltdown with coping skills listed on the snowflakes

Emotions Color Wheel - Description: This activity is good to break the ice with any client. It is also an easy “check-in” to find out how the client is feeling and the issues he/she is dealing with at this time in his/her life. After creating a pie chart with 8 sections, the client gets to choose 8 emotions and then color in the pie pieces.

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Would You Rather questions for kids -- fun conversation starters for kids ages 3-8 (most of these work great for older kids too!)

Acts of kindness- Friendship High Fives. Students trace and cut out their hand, write a friend's name on the palm and then list reasons why that friend is special on the fingers.

Friendship High Fives - Kindness for Kids

Give the kiddos some wiggly eyes, have them draw around it and write about their creation.

House of Baby Piranha: Wiggly Eye Drawing Starter

This therapist has her middle school girls cut out their favorite lyrics from girl power songs and make collages. When they were done, some even added their own positive affirmations! The songs she used were "Brave" by Sara Bareilles, "Roar" by Katy Perry, "Beautiful" by Christina Aguilera, and "Who you are" by Jessie J. I would add "You Don't Own Me" and "Don't Make Me Over."

social and motor skills- step over without disturbing hoop into "rabbit hole" before "fox" catches you, then step out

The Inspired Treehouse

Importance of Teamwork/groupwork ice-breaker; use string and a rubber band to move a stack of cups from one desk to another. For younger kids, tie string to the rubber band ahead of time, but for older kids, I think I'd give them the string and rubber band and have them figure out how to use them.

Science Gal: Setting Expectations for Group Work

Turning negative thoughts into positive thoughts chart

Story Lanterns - good grief activity. They can add the story to one side of the lantern and then a picture to the other side and light it whenever they're missing the person.

Growth Mindset: What Can I Say to Myself?

Twitter / sgray_NCSD: Love this #GrowthMindset ...

Journaling prompts...

This hilarious game requires people to follow verbal diretions… All you need are sturdy paper plates and pens for each player. The host tells the players to put their paper plate on their head. Then the host will give a series of instructions for the players to draw on their paper plates (that are on their heads) without looking.


The Play Lady: Care Tags

The Play Lady: Care Tags

FREE Would You Rather Questions for Kids!

FREE Would You Rather Questions for Kids!

Other Games to Play with Uno Cards

Worry Board - a great visual for seeing how kids rate their worries/problems from week to week.

Worry Board - The School Counseling Files

Self esteem activities for girls

Toolkit & Resources for The Dove® Movement for Self-Esteem

Minute to Win It – Tween Challenge | Tween Craft Ideas for Mom and Daughter While holding a craft stick in your mouth, player must stack 6 dice on top of each other on the end and hold for 3 seconds.

Index of 53 group games (ice breakers, team-building games, etc.) that are great for promoting unity, teamwork, camaraderie, or for teaching valuable lessons. Instructions, rules, variations, etc., are included.

A Teacher's Bag of Tricks: Ice Breaker: Human Knot

Great activities on building self-esteem and dealing with school drama

Middle School | Social Skills Central

The gift tree. Memories and character traits from loved ones who have passed are gifts. Elementary students each made a gift tree in our grief group.

Organize games in stackable plastic drawer bins with labels. No more missing game pieces from torn up boxes!

Game Closet Organization - Raising Lemons | Raising Lemons