Purpose of the Special education groups is designed to comply with appropriate laws, mandates, IEP’S, and procedural safeguards. Title 34 of the Code of Federal Regulations states that the purpose of special education is to: ensure that all children with disabilities have available to them a free, appropriate, public education that includes special education and related services to meet their unique needs; to ensure that the rights of children with disabilities and their parents are protected; to assist states and localities to provide for the education of all children with disabilities, and to assess and ensure the effectiveness of efforts to educate those children.
Purpose of the QIP groups is to provide students with an IEP the opportunity to experience improved learning opportunities. The group is designed to maximize academic strengths and allow a safe opportunity to gain proficiency in areas of underachievement. The group also provides an emotionally- supportive environment which allows children to experience academic success, often for the first time in their life, empowering them to achieve their potential.
Successful blending of counseling and education allows students who have been labeled as undisciplined, and untrainable to learn to think, to believe, and to succeed in academics and every area of their lives. The IEP for Special Education students and their individualized education goals are designed to reflect the abilities of the each student. The overall achievement of each child's academic goals will reflect the principle of the QIP program of "demanding greatness vs. demanding obedience."
Student’s academic progress will be rewarded on a regular basis and the reward will be decided within the group setting by the social worker. ________________________________________________________________
Purpose of the General Education Group attempts to give students a safe and comfortable place where they can problem solve and work out emotional issues. Students are given the opportunity to gain insight into their own thoughts and behavior, and offer suggestions and support to others. In addition, student’s who have a difficult time with interpersonal relationships can benefit from the social interactions that are a basic part of the group therapy experience.
The group is a form of psychosocial treatment where student’s meets regularly to talk, interact, and discuss problems with each other and the (social worker). The group may have a mix of individuals with different emotional issues. The number of group members varies. Membership is open to new members once sessions begin. A common feeling among group members is that their apart from others. Group therapy provides a powerful antidote to these feelings. For many, it may be the first time they feel understood and similar to others (universality were all in the same boat). Enormous relief often accompanies the recognition that they are not alone; this is a special benefit of group therapy.