Group Name: Anxiety Small Group
Goal: To decrease time out of class due to anxiety
Target Group: 10th grade girls struggling with anxiety and stress
Data Used to Identify Students: High absentee rate; low grades/performance in class
School Counselor(s): Teri Deel
ASCA Domain, Mindsets & Behaviors Standard(s): M1; M5; B-LS7; B-SMS7; B-SS2; B-SS3; B-SS4
Outline of Group Sessions Delivered: 1. What is Anxiety and How Does It Affect Me?
2. How Do You Experience Anxiety?
3. What Is In Our Control?
4. Express Yourself
5. Final Week
Process Data (Number of students affected): 4
Perception Data (Surveys or assessments used): Students came into the group not fully understanding how anxiety affected them or what their triggers were. Most of the students were anxious because of things that were outside of their control. By the end of the sessions, each student had found a coping mechanism that worked for her and were able to identify and stay away from triggers. They also each began keeping a journal which helped them express their anxiety in a healthy way.
Outcome Data (Achievement, attendance, and/or behavior data): At the beginning of the group, the students were averaging 83 minutes of missed class time per week. By the end of the group, the students were averaging 42 minutes of missed class time per week (not including group). This is a decrease of 50.6% in missed class time.
Implications: While more sessions would be helpful, the 5 sessions that we had were beneficial in helping the students identify and work on their anxiety and to come up with ways to stay in class and participate.