Asset Building Support Groups
The group counseling staff at SMS facilitates a series of groups designed to assist students with a variety of issues that may possibly impact a student's academic performance and social/emotional adjustment on our middle school campus. Meetings are not intended as therapy, but as a support group with an educational component. If you feel your child could benefit from joining one of our groups, please contact Student Services or send us an e-mail. A description of each group is listed below:Changing FamiliesThis group offers students the opportunity to meet with others who share similar experiences. Students who participate in the group have parents who are separated, divorced, or remarried. Often students feel that their situation is unique, that no one has felt the way they do. The group provides opportunities for self-awareness, sharing with others, problem-solving and better communication skills.Grief and Loss
This group provides a support system for students who have experienced death of a parent or other family member. Often students feel they are alone in this process. This group gives them the opportunity to share their fears and concerns with others that are living with a similar loss. The group will learn the stages of grief, how to cope, and how to continue with a healthy life through discussion and activities.
Major Life Changes
This group provides a support system for students who have experienced a loss in their lives including military deployment of a parent, out of state moves, loss of a home, etc. This group gives students an opportunity to share their fears and concerns with others who can relate to the feelings they are experiencing.
Boys Coping in Middle School
This program will help young men develop skills to promote positive relationships with their peers; The interactive activities will teach social problem-solving skills when dealing with everyday situations. Topics to be discussed include dealing with a difficult situation, communication with others, self-esteem and healthy ways to deal with frustration and anger.
Girls Coping in Middle School
This program provides students with skills to positively enhance their middle school experience. This group will encourage students to explore their feelings and reactions to various situations. Topics to be discussed include self-esteem, personal responsibility, friendship and adolescent issues.