Closing the Achievement Gap: A Structured Approach to Group Counseling

Chari A. Campbell, Greg Brigman
2005 Journal for Specialists in Group Work  
This study evaluated the impact of a group counseling intervention on student academic and social performance. Twenty-five school counselors were trained to use a structured approach to small-group counseling with students scoring in the midto-low range in math and reading. The group intervention focused on improving student achievement and student success skills, which included academic, social, and self-management skills. Results indicated gains in reading and math achievement scores and in
more » ... acher-rated behavior related to student success skills with elementary and middle school students. The purpose of this article is to describe a group counseling intervention by school counselors. A related goal is to promote researchbased group work in schools in which the groups are led by school counselors. The group counseling intervention used was the Student Success Skills (SSS) model, which focused on helping students develop competence in three skill areas considered crucial for school success: academic, social, and self-management skills. Twenty-five school counselors were trained to use this structured approach to small group counseling with mid-range to low performing students. The group counseling program, the training used to prepare school counselors to deliver the program, and the impact of the program on student achievement and behavior are described. In order to increase group work in schools, the support of administrators, teachers, and parents is needed. The authors believe that one important way to gain support is to align school counselor interventions to the mission of the school by focusing on helping students
doi:10.1080/01933920590908705 fatcat:db6x2eddgfft7iwerfcnarzhk4