A lesson I use with a cross-cat middle school group that teaches what a coping skill is, what the difference is between good coping skills and bad ones, and gives situations for students to identify the skill they would use. I am using this as a stepping stone to problem solving for this group.
First, the teacher defines a coping skill. Then the group decides whether the 24 provided coping skills are good ones or bad ones. For my group, this portion took about 25 minutes.
The second part of the lesson involves 18 hypothetical situations. My students had to read the situation, tell how they would feel (something we previously worked on), and provide a good coping skill they could use for that situation. We then talked about the wrap-up questions. This portion took an additional 30 minutes.