Small group curriculum for newly arrived middle school mexican immigrants experiencing separation and reunification with their families

For many Latino families, separation due to migration is common. A polarized political environment, in addition to the changes in immigration policies, has caused much instability among students and families in the United States today. Research shows the adverse effects family separation has on children, as well as the attachment issues experienced by young children when reunified with their families in the United States. The purpose of this graduate project is to offer middle school counselors a guiding framework for a six-week counseling group for middle school students experiencing difficulty transitioning to their new family structure in the United States. By helping students process their current life changes and understand the disruption caused within their daily lives, group counselors can help strengthen connections and relationships caused by separation; while reducing depressive symptoms, feelings of anxiety, and acculturation stress that may be present.