Girls in Real Life Situations [GIRLS]

Group Counseling Activities for Enhancing Social and Emotional Development
Grades 6-12
Pages: 240
ISBN: 9780878225408
Item Number: 5345

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This unique group counseling curriculum for girls in grades 6-12 provides over 90 group counseling activities.

The counseling activities are divided into twelve session themes: Who Am I? Body Image, Choices, Communication, Emotions, Friendships, Relationships, Self-Esteem, Stress, Reaching Out, Tough Times, and Who I Am!

During group lessons, girls are encouraged to share feelings and struggles as they openly discuss important issues in a safe and supportive environment.

They are given the opportunity to feel empowered, gain self-awareness, develop coping strategies, improve problem-solving skills, understand that they are not alone, and learn to make healthy decisions.

Girls in Real-Life Situations is designed for use by educators and mental health professionals in schools and other settings. Reproducible materials for this title are available on our downloads page.

Book Reviews

“This manual is a blueprint for group counseling. There are 12 themes focusing on the needs and issues for adolescent females. . . . If you’re looking for a way to engage your female students, this book will guide you and them through a wonderfully rewarding experience.”

—Linda Kopec, North Carolina School Counselors Association NEWS

“It is obvious that Trice-Black and Taylor understand girl development and have had much experience with girls of all ages. . . . The K-5 curriculum uses concrete language and activities, highly engaging for young children. The authors also recognize the difference in older elementary aged girls (Grades 3-5) from their younger schoolmates and include modifications that recognize the increased ability to think more critically as the girls mature. The curriculum for older girls uses concepts that require some level of abstract thinking. Having access to both curricula may be useful when more simplified ways of presenting material are needed for adolescents who are more concrete in their thinking. . . . the importance of attending to and addressing the process and spontaneous interaction that occurs in the groups (girls arguing, girls excluding) is a powerful learning experience.”

—Joan Letendre, Social Work with Groups

Comments from Colleagues

Girls in Real Life Situations is an excellent resource for school districts and community groups that want to enhance the social and emotional development of middle school and high school girls. It provides practical, sensible, and – perhaps most importantly – replicable tools for practitioners to help girls navigate through the turbulent teen years.”

Jill Cook, Assistant Director, American School Counselor Association

Girls in Real Life Situations is an insightful exploration of the feelings and experiences that all young women have. Each of the lessons addresses a specific area of life that is a reality for girls today. Taylor and Trice-Black know how to connect with girls to help them reach for their dreams and overcome adversity. A must-have for anyone working with young women today!”

Tamara Davis, Ph.D., School Counseling Coordinator, Marymount University

“As a counselor educator, it is great to see a resource that hits on salient developmental themes, uses sound group principles (e.g., screening, icebreakers, follow up), and fosters discussion to make these often hidden topics explicit. It is also a compelling resource for me, as I try to help two daughters thrive.”

Patrick Akos, Ph.D., School of Education, University of North Carolina, Charlotte

Girls in Real Life Situations is a wonderful resource for anyone looking for a creative, thorough curricula that will reach a wide audience of girls. As soon as I read it, I found new ways of doing things that I can easily use with my students.”

Rosalind Wiseman, author of Queen Bees & Wannanbes and Queen Bee Moms & Kingpin Dads


  1. Who Am I?
    • Connect!
    • Power Thinking
    • Masks
    • Self-Portraits
    • Role Models
    • Talk about It
    • Think about It
    • Check It Out
  2. Body Image
    • Connect!
    • Beating the Body-Image Blues
    • Mixed Media Messages
    • She’s All That
    • Fill Her Up!
    • Talk about It
    • Think about It
    • Check It Out
  3. Choices
    • Connect!
    • Longing to Belong
    • Risky Business
    • Today I Choose . . .
    • Practice What You Preach
    • Talk about It
    • Think about It
    • Check It Out
  4. Communication
    • Connect!
    • Dealing with Parents
    • Talking It Out
    • Body Language
    • Social Graces
    • Talk about It
    • Think about It
    • Check It Out
  5. Emotions
    • Connect!
    • The Boiling Point
    • Pandora’s Box
    • The Blame Game
    • Feeling Blue
    • Talk about It
    • Think about It
    • Check It Out
  6. Friendships
    • Connect!
    • Mean Teens
    • The Social Jungle
    • Showdown!
    • The Silent Treatment
    • Talk about It
    • Think about It
    • Check It Out
  7. Relationships
    • Connect!
    • Guy World
    • Under Pressure
    • He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not
    • Breaking Up Is Hard to Do
    • Talk about It
    • Think about It
    • Check It Out
  8. Self-Esteem
    • Connect!
    • Personal Permission Slip
    • Shoulda, Woulda, Coulda
    • Nobody’s Perfect
    • My Brag Bag
    • Talk about It
    • Think about It
    • Check It Out
  9. Stress
    • Connect!
    • Deal with It!
    • Facing Fear
    • Chill Out!
    • Stress Survival Kit
    • Talk about It
    • Think about It
    • Check It Out
  10. Reaching Out
    • Connect!
    • I’m OK, You’re OK!
    • Wall of Support
    • Family Feuds
    • Seven Days of PRAK Attacks
    • Talk about It
    • Think about It
    • Check It Out
  11. Tough Times
    • Connect!
    • Depression
    • Divorce
    • Understanding Loss
    • Self-Harm
    • Talk about It
    • Think about It
    • Check It Out
  12. Who I Am!
    • Connect!
    • My Mantra
    • Compliment Journal
    • New Self-Portrait
    • In the Future, I . . .
    • Talk about It
    • Think about It
    • Check It Out


  • Consent Form
  • Confidentiality Pledge
  • Certificate of Achievement
  • Pretest/Posttest
  • Group Evaluation


  • Ten Tips for G.I.R.L.S. Facilitators
  • G.I.R.L.S. Screening Interview
  • Self-Portrait of ________
  • Beating Bad Body Thoughts
  • My Standards of Success
  • We Belong Together
  • My Life Is a Choice
  • Conflict Analysis
  • My Boiling Point
  • The Blame Game Statements
  • Relational Aggression Examples
  • The Friendship Deed of Trust
  • To Date or Not to Date
  • Dating Violence Scenarios
  • I Will Survive!
  • My Bragging Rights
  • New Self-Portrait of ________
  • G.I.R.L.S. Goals

Reproducible materials for this title are available on our downloads page.

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