Typically the goals for the group involve building confidence and social competence by teaching coping and social skills. Groups are both educational and experiential. We integrate from different therapy models, including storytelling and role play, cognitive behavioral exercises, mind-body calming and expressive art.  Children learn directly from their therapist and also practice skills in group while engaging in dyads or all together. Our therapists have specialized training in addition to years of experience running groups. We always involve parents by informing them about the skill building in group, offering feedback regarding progress and arranging parent feedback sessions.

For teen groups, there is a weekly commitment for the school year. After initial placement into group, teens are allowed to try the group twice prior to commitment. We allow two absences at no charge where absolutely necessary but attendance is crucial for securing group coherence and growth. Girls are not allowed to contact each other outside of group, to ensure confidentiality and equity.  Further, we work to put together girls from different schools and offer hours in late afternoon or early evening.


To join a group requires an initial intake process with the group therapist, in order to assess your needs and the child’s fit. Please call 301-949-2098 ext 1 for our Intake Coordinator who can assist you and offer answers to any further inquiries.


 

We are currently scheduling intake appointments for Fall social skills groups for children.

CURRENT GROUPS WITH OPENINGS:

Mondays
TBA ages 5-7 3:00-4:00PM Kensington office
Brooke Stipelman, PhD ADHD ages 11-12 5:30-6:30PM Montrose office
Tuesdays
TBA ages 7-9 4:00-5:00PM Kensington office
Kay Abrams, PhD teen girls 4:15-5:30PM Montrose office
Wednesdays
Kay Abrams, PhD teen girls 3:45-5:00PM Kensington office
Kay Abrams, PhD teen girls 5:20-6:30PM Kensington office
Thursdays
Kay Abrams, PhD teen girls 4:00-5:15PM Kensington office
TBA ages 9-11 4:00-5:00PM Kensington office
Deborah Zavos, LCSW tween girls 5:30-6:30PM Kensington office
Saturdays
Beth Anne Feldman, PhD girls, ages 9-10 1:00-2:00PM Kensington office
Beth Anne Feldman, PhD girls, 3rd grade 2:00-3:00PM Kensington office

 

To schedule, please contact our Intake coordinator  at 301.949.2098, ext 1 or email intake@abramsandassociates.com 

 

Children’s Social Skills Group

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.

The weekly lessons will draw from the following skill groups: Making Friends, Keeping Friends, Problem Solving, Dealing with Strong Feelings, and Handling Stress and Conflict.  Objective information regarding the children’s behaviors will be gathered before and after the group from parents to tailor the skills that will be taught and to measure the children’s progress.

The group format will include modeling, role playing, and performance feedback.  The children will be asked to practice the skills that they learn in group at home and parents will be provided with weekly updates to help reinforce the skills.


Please contact our Intake coordinator  at 301.949.2098, ext 1 or email intake@abramsandassociates.com

Boys Social Skills Groups

Social Skills/Self-Regulation Group for boys who struggle with impulsivity, personal space issues, anxiety and/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.  It will also help them identify internal cues to help regulate their behavior.  The strategies learned in group will be shared with parents.
The group will be run as a Boy’s Club which sets the stage for the development of social development.  The boys will name their club and help develop the rules of the group. The weekly sessions are activity based with the skills embedded in fun activities which are processed before, during and after each activity.  Parents will receive weekly feedback about their child’s progress in the group and about strategies taught.  Making Friends, Keeping Friends, Problem Solving, Dealing with Strong Feelings, and Handling Stress and Conflict will all be addressed through the activities.
Objective information regarding the children’s behaviors will be gathered before and after the group from parents to tailor the skills that will be taught and to measure the children’s progress.  The group format will include modeling, role playing, and performance feedback.

Please contact our Intake coordinator  at 301.949.2098, ext 1 or email intake@abramsandassociates.com

Teen & Tween Girls Groups

We aim to create a sacred safe space whereby teens are egalitarian and alliance to one another is equal, so girls are selected from different schools and are not allowed to contact one another through cell phones, email or social media. “What goes on in group stays in group” and that is honored out of  respect for one another and for the group process.
Process groups with some teaching elements, including learning Coherent Breathing techniques to alleviate physical symptoms of stress and anxiety.  Teens practice identifying situational triggers that provoke negative feelings and learn to better manage emotions and  cope with stress.   Teens also work to gain a greater self-awareness to improve upon academic and social choices that are best suitable to each girls’ growing needs and personality.
Parents are welcome to learn about group, call or email in with concerns and have parent meetings to find out how their daughters are progressing on designated goals. All teens must be in individual or family therapy weekly or bimonthly in conjunction to group.

Contact our Intake coordinator  at 301.949.2098, ext 1 or email  intake@abramsandassociates.com