A variety of support groups may be offered to our students in order to assist with specific issues and/or problems that may be interfering with success in high school. Each group meets once a week, rotating periods 1-8, for 6 weeks or longer. Groups are subject to change due to the needs of the students, which is assessed on a regular basis. Below are some of the groups with a brief description. If you know of someone who would benefit from a particular group, please list their name/ group and turn it into a counselor/social worker or school psychologist. A facilitator of the group will screen all students for the group.
Stress Management through Mindfulness: A group intended for adolescents of any age/gender who have struggled with managing symptoms of anxiety that have significantly impacted other areas of academic and social functioning. Focus will be placed on providing support and psycho-education through learning how to identify triggers and developing positive coping strategies.
First Generation Latino Juniors: This group facilitates college and career exploration by encouraging first generation Latino students to prepare for their future. Students are given the opportunity to gain knowledge surrounding college and career, financial aid, job readiness skills.
First Generation in American College: This group facilitates college and career exploration by encouraging first generation immigrant students to prepare for their future. Students are given the opportunity to gain knowledge surrounding college and career, financial aid, job readiness skills.
School Success Group: This group focuses on goal setting, problem solving, and time management. This is a good opportunity for students to learn how to take control of their lives and experience improved grades and personal accomplishment.
Transfer Group: A group intended for students who have recently transferred from another school and need more social/emotional and academic support transitioning into Buffalo Grove High School.
Grief & Loss (parent): This is a 6-week group for students that have lost a parent, sibling, family member, or friend. The group focuses on educating students about the stages of grief and the symptoms related to grief. They are able to share their personal stories of loss in a supportive environment and process through the feelings that they are having.
Post-Hospitalization: This group is for students that are transitioning out of inpatient, partial, and intensive outpatient programs. It teaches stress management, mindfulness, relaxation, and other coping skills. Transitioning back into the school setting is also covered.
COPE: This group focuses on building and utilizing coping skills, as well as processing stressors. A good group for individuals who struggle with stressors, anxiety, depression, and transitions.
Girls Group: This group helps girls work on relationship issues (friendships, partners, family, etc.), communication, and week to week stressors that are impacting the functioning of these students.
EL Girls & EL Boys: This group provides support for students in the EL program. Topics covered include academic support, executive functioning skills, post-high school planning, personal values, short/long term goal planning, and motivation.
**Attention All Staff: If you have a student you think would benefit from one of these groups please see one of the facilitators of the group.