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Healthy Friendships Group Counseling Curriculum and Friendship Skills Activities


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Sometimes even with all of our preventative work, we might need to run a girls group for relational aggression (girl drama, friendship problems, mean girls, etc.). This research-informed small group counseling curriculum is awesome for helping develop healthy friendship skills among middle to upper elementary girls. The activities cover all of the negative behaviors girls sometimes engage in while remaining positive and focusing on more helpful skills to use. Sessions are full of real world examples/scenarios to discuss and work through.

This resource includes pre/post surveys for students and teachers, as well as weekly notes for teachers and caregivers.

This group is gendered for girls, based on many of my upper elementary students with friendship issues preferring single-gender groups. If you need something for boys, or that isn’t gendered at all, please scroll to the bottom of this description for recommendations!

Group Outline:

Session 1: How are friendships like gardens? (opening and welcome)

Session 2: Every Plant and Person is Different (accepting yourself and others)

Session 3:What do friendships need? (encouragement and support, fun and togetherness, trust, respect)

Session 4: Friendship Fence Lines (physical, verbal, and emotional boundaries)

Session 5: Problem Solving (conflict resolution)

Session 6: Drama GOAT (getting others involved, overreacting, gossip)

Session 7:Friendship Problems and Friendship Happiness (review and apply)

Session 8: How have I grown and bloomed? (reflection)


☀️Glowing Praise for This Resource☀️

Everything is so easy to implement! The girls absolutely loved coming the group every week and they really showed growth and self-reflection. I highly recommend this to anyone wanted to help kiddos build better friendship skills”.- Tabbitha V.

“This is an amazing resource to have if working with girl friendship groups! The materials are easy to put together, and the content is engaging for students. I especially LOVE the pre and post surveys included!” -Elizabeth K.

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What others are saying...

“All of my third grade girls are loving this group! They love learning about different aspects to their friendships that they may not have ever thought about before. They like challenging themselves to be better friends each week :)”

“I love this resource. I have used it multiple time with small groups of girls that have difficulties with getting along. This resource provides lots of activities. I love the analogy to gardens and making healthy relationships/plants.”

“One of my favorite groups so far. The girls loved this group and each lesson was engaging and targets a lot of issues that upper elementary girls face. So fun and designed beautifully!”