Typically the goals for the group involve building confidence and social competence by teaching coping and social skills. Groups are both educational and experiential. Children are learning directly from their therapist and also practicing the skill in group while engaging in dyads or all together. Our therapists always involve parents by informing them about the skill building that is taking place in groups for children.
CURRENT GROUPS WITH OPENINGS:
Boys or Girls: AGES 6/7 , 7/8 , 8/9 Dr. Feldman [see bio]
This social skills group is for children who may struggle with impulsivity, immaturity, or difficulty reading the social cues of others leading to difficult peer relationships. This group will help children improve their interpersonal skills, make better choices, and develop more self-confidence. We will focus on building social skills, practicing mindful manners, getting along and belonging and managing fears.
Boys or Girls: AGES 9/10, 10/11 Dr. Stipelman [see bio]
This group offers an evidence-based program designed to help overcome social fears and anxiety. Participants learn skills important for developing and maintaining effective social relationships. Each session will focus on a particular social topic (e.g. initiating conversations, being assertive) and will include discussion and role play. Homework assignments will be given each week to provide additional practice and aid in the generalization of these new skills into daily life.
Dr. Stipelman is a licensed psychologist with experience in treating social anxiety in children. Groups will meet weekly for 60 minutes for approximately 20 weeks.
Girls: AGES 11/12, 12/13 Dr. McCartney [see Bio]
A weekly therapy group for girls who are shy, socially anxious or social “late bloomers.” The group leader will create a safe environment in which group members can share about their experiences at school, with peers, and at home.
Group members will learn and practice new skills for relating to others, offering encouragement and constructive feedback. We will address how to deal with conflict, find your voice and stay true to your values in the face of outside pressures.
Group will meet weekly for the remainder of the school year.
Please contact our group coordinator, Staci Sarg at 301.949.2098. x 1 or email firstname.lastname@example.org with referrals or to schedule an intake appointment .
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