Back-to-School Support Groups with NCCC!

North Community Counseling Centers is very excited to have the ability to offer FREE back-to-school prep groups to any student in Columbus City Schools and Worthington City Schools! The goal of these groups is to educate, enhance, and practice coping skills, while managing stressors during this transition back to school. Groups are determined by the grade your child is going into.

Each group will last one week (either Monday-Thursday or Monday-Friday) and can have a maximum of eight participants each.

These groups will take place online. Parents and/or students will receive a link via email prior to their group’s start.

Note: Your child may only sign up for one group. For more services or questions, please contact us at 614-261-3196. Please email your completed permission slip to Michelle Meffley, School-Based Program Director, at mmeffley@northcommunity.com.

Disclaimer: All students must be signed up by 5PM on the Thursday prior to the group’s start date.

About the Groups

Social Skills

Grades 1-2; 3-5: How to Be a Good Friend: This group focuses on self-esteem, communication, and decision-making. Students are educated and practice listening skills, communication skills, and socially acceptable behavior.

6-8 – Making Good Choices: This group focuses on self-esteem, peer pressure, communication, and decision-making. Students are educated on self-esteem and peer pressure. Students will practice communication skills and how to navigate peer pressure.

Grades 9-12 – Finding My Squad: This group focuses on self-esteem, peer pressure, communication, and healthy decision-making. Students are educated on how to navigate peer pressure, what is socially acceptable behavior, and how to make healthy decisions. Students will practice these skills as well.

Overcoming Anxiety

Grades 1-2 – Coping with the Transition Back to School: This group focuses on identifying negative thoughts and stressors that come with change. Students are educated on stress (positive and negative), how to identify negative thoughts associated stress, and how to cope with these thoughts/change.

Grades 3-5 – Glass Half Full: This group focuses on identifying negative thoughts associated with stress and coping skills to help manage this stress. Students are educated on stress (positive and negative), will learn coping skills, and actively practice these in the group. Students will also be challenged to use their existing skills to brainstorm adaptive coping skills and what these look like.

Grades 6-8 – Glass Half Full: This group focuses on identifying negative thoughts, managing stress, and developing positive coping skills. Students are educated on identifying negative thoughts and engaged by practicing coping skills to help alleviate and manage stress.

Grades 9-12 – Glass Half Full: This group focuses on the solutions to positive outlets and coping skills, especially in this post COVID-19 time period of uncertainty. Students will develop and strengthen coping skills while working on managing varying levels of stress.

Emotional Regulation

Grades 1-2; 3-5 – Assertive Not Angry: This group focuses on communication and learning healthy ways to express feelings and assertiveness. Students will learn how to better recognize and identify what they’re feeling, practice how to express this, and how to set boundaries as needed in appropriate ways.

Grades 6-8 – Assertive Not Angry: This group focuses on communication, self-control, assertiveness, and coping skills. Students will be educated on communication and identifying potential triggers. Students will practice expressing feelings in appropriate ways and discuss the best outlets and coping skills. Students will also practice how to be assertive in socially acceptable manner.

Grades 9-12 – Assertive Not Angry: This group focuses on communication, self-control, assertiveness and coping skills. Students will be educated on how to identify feelings/triggers to stress, healthy communication surrounding this, and healthy ways of expressing anger.

Race Relations and Identity

Grades 6-8 and 9-12: This group focuses on identity and culture, communication, decision-making, and healthy relationships. Student will discuss the different components that help to form our identity and how this impacts our thought processes. Students will open lines of communication, discuss how to make educated decisions, and cultivate healthy relationships.

Schedule: Columbus City Schools

Week One: August 3 – 7
Week Two: August 10 – 14
Week Three: August 17 – 21
Week Four: August 24 – 28

Permission Slip for Groups

Grades 1 – 2

How to Be a Good Friend
Monday – Thursday
Weeks One-Four: 8:00 am – 9:00 am

Coping with the Transition Back to School
Monday – Thursday
Weeks One-Four: 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Assertive, Not Angry
Monday – Thursday
Weeks Two and Four ONLY: 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Grades 3 – 5

How to Be a Good Friend
Monday – Thursday
Weeks One-Four: 9:00 am – 10:00 am

Glass Half Full
Monday – Thursday
Weeks One-Four: 8:00 am – 9:00 am

Assertive, Not Angry
Monday – Thursday
Weeks Two and Four ONLY: 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Grades 6 – 8

Making Good Choices
Monday – Friday
Weeks One and Three ONLY: 6:00 – 7:00 pm

Glass Half Full
Monday – Friday
Weeks One and Three ONLY: 4:00 – 5:00 pm

Assertive, Not Angry
Monday – Friday
Weeks One-Four: 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Who Am I: Race Relations and Identity
Monday – Friday
Weeks One-Four: 9:00 am – 10:00 am

Grades 9 – 12

Finding My Squad
Monday – Friday
Weeks One-Four: 8:30 am – 9:30 am

Glass Half Full
Monday – Friday
Weeks One-Four: 9:30 am – 10:30 am

Assertive, Not Angry
Monday – Friday
Weeks One-Four: 9:00 am – 10:00 am

Who Am I: Race Relations and Identity
Monday – Friday
Weeks One and Three: 9:00 am – 10:00 am
Week Two and Four: 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Schedule: Worthington City Schools

Week One: August 3 – 7
Week Two: August 10 – 14
Week Three: August 17 – 21
Week Four: August 24 – 28

Permission Slip for Groups

Grades 1 – 2

How to Be a Good Friend
Monday – Thursday
Weeks Ones and Three: 8:00 am – 9:00 am

Coping with the Transition Back to School
Monday – Thursday
Weeks One and Three: 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Assertive, Not Angry
Monday – Thursday
Weeks Two and Four: 8:00 am – 9:00 am

Grades 3 – 5

How to Be a Good Friend
Monday – Thursday
Weeks One and Three: 9:00 am – 10:00 am

Glass Half Full
Monday – Thursday
Weeks One and Three: 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Assertive, Not Angry
Monday – Thursday
Weeks Two and Four: 9:00 am – 10:00 am

Grades 6 – 8

Making Good Choices
Monday – Friday
Weeks One and Three: 9:00 am – 10:00 am

Glass Half Full
Monday – Friday
Weeks One and Three: 9:00 am – 10:00 am

Assertive, Not Angry
Monday – Friday
Weeks Two and Four: 9:00 am – 10:00 am

Who Am I: Race Relations and Identity
Monday – Friday
Weeks Two and Four: 9:00 am – 10:00 am

Grades 9 – 12

Finding My Squad
Monday – Friday
Weeks One and Three: 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Glass Half Full
Monday – Friday
Weeks One and Three: 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Assertive, Not Angry
Monday – Friday
Weeks Two and Four: 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Who Am I: Race Relations and Identity
Monday – Friday
Weeks Two and Four: 10:00 am – 11:00 am