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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 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 ASCA-aligned resource is a complete 8-week group counseling curriculum. Six of the sessions also include activities that work outside of an ongoing group; perfect for lunch bunches or individual sessions!
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)
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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!”