Fall 2015 Groups are forming now! Please watch below for new group information.

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.

CURRENT GROUPS WITH OPENINGS :

NOTE: Descriptions are below the calendar. Group details may change, depending upon availability of group members and the group facilitator. Please call our Intake Coordinator for the most up to date information.
Time Location
Mondays 9th/10th Grade Girls 4:00PM TBA
4th/5th or 5th/6th Grade Boys 5:00PM Montrose
3rd/4th Grade Girls TBA TBA
7-8 YO Boys TBA TBA
11th/12th Grade Girls 5:30PM TBA
Tuesdays 7th/8th Grade Girls TBA Kensington
Thursdays 4-5YO kids on the Spectrum (co-ed) 4:30PM Montrose
9th Grade Girls 6:00PM Kensington
Fridays 5-7YO  kids (co-ed) 4:00PM Montrose
Saturdays Middle School Girls 11:00AM Kensington
Middle School Boys 12:30PM Kensington
K-1st Grade (co-ed) 1:15PM Kensington
Pre-School, 4-5YO (co-ed) 2:30PM Kensington

 


Group therapy is about building skills for social competence. 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. We 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.


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


 

Children’s Social Skills Groups

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.

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