Academic, Socio-Emotional & Psycho-educational Services:
All groups are offered on a 6-week rotating basis, with new groups starting every 2 weeks. Groups meet for 1 class period each week, rotating the periods so that students do not miss an individual class more than once. Groups are intended to provide additional academic, socio-emotional and psycho-educational support for students who are struggling here at Maine West.
If you are a student, parent or teacher and believe you or a student you know could benefit from any of the groups described below, please send the student’s name to their counselor. The counselor will then collect information about the student and speak with the student to determine if the group is an appropriate fit for them.
The coping skills group provide participants with an opportunity to experience mindful practices that help calm the mind and remain focused on the present moment. Participants will learn a systematic approach to recognizing emotions that are limiting their access to their education or social engagement (anxiety, anger, sadness, fear, etc.) and how to utilize a variety of skills and tools to manage them.
Do you struggle with engaging with your peers, shying away from sharing your opinions in class or making eye contact with students in the hallway? Do you slouch in your chair hoping that no one will see you? Do you sit as far away from others in class, the lunchroom, or social activities? Do compliments or praise make you uncomfortable? Do you apologize regularly even when someone else may be at fault? Do you regularly compare yourself to others, wishing that you were “as good looking,” or “as smart” as other students? This group will help you identify your life experiences that have led to your feelings of doubt, and help you find your confidence!
Have you suffered the loss of a loved one from death or separation (ie: a friend moving away). This could include the loss of a family member, friend, or pet. The emotional reactions to grief and loss vary from person to person and change over time. You may feel the same as others who suffer from depression, anxiety, or anger. This group will serve as a supportive place to talk about your loss and how it is currently impacting your life and learn ways of coping with your loss.