Our Social Skills Groups are FREE for your children and teens

The Children’s Center is offering new, free Social Skills Groups! Each group has a targeted audience, the sessions are in-person for 10 weeks, and your child(ren) or teens(s) do not have to be a client(s) of The Children’s Center to attend. Click on the group names below to learn more about each group.

FALL 2021 GROUPS

CIRCLE, RELATIONSHIP BUILDING

Targeted age: 5 to 12 years

Session:

  • Mondays, 10/18/21 – 12/23/21
  • 5 PM to 6 PM
  • Building 79, Conference Room B

Group description:

  • Does your child know who they can hug and who to only say “hi” to?
  • Does your child know who they can talk to and who s/he should not?
  • Your child/preteen will learn the basics of the 7 CIRCLES. Each week, groups will progress through the circle starting with the Purple Private Circle and progress to Blue Big Hug Circle, Green Far Away Hug Circle, Yellow Handshake Circle, Orange Wave Circle, Red Stranger Circle and ending with Red Stanger Space. Your child/preteen will identify who belongs in which circle and what boundaries are appropriate. The group will explore the circles in depth by watching and discussing video scenes, journaling, role playing and creating visual tools. After each session, caregivers will be given information on how to practice what your child/preteen has learned and to apply when at home and in the community.

Please sign up by October 21, 2021.

PERSONAL MANAGEMENT, MAXIMIZING OPTIONS-OPPORTUNITIES

Targeted age: 13 years

Session:

  • Tuesdays, 10/19/21 – 12/23/21
  • 5 PM to 6 PM
  • Building 79, Conference Room B

Group description:

  • Does your teen recognize the relationship between school and a job?
  • Does your teen know what they want to do after graduation and how to achieve it?
  • Your teen will look at work opportunities right out of high school as well as college and vocational training programs. The teens will gather information about the requirements of the different opportunities to make decisions about career options. Each session, group members will rate how well they are doing in their Transition Portfolio until they feel that their goal is met. Your teen did not have to participate in a previous Personal Management group to enroll.

Please sign up by October 21, 2021.

BE COOL: LOSING IT!

Targeted age: 8 to 12 years

Session:

  • Wednesdays, 10/20/21 – 12/23/21
  • 5 PM to 6 PM
  • Building 79, Conference Room B

Group description:

  • Is your preteen easily influenced by friends into doing something they knows is wrong?
  • Does your preteen blow small problems out of proportion?
  • This social group will teach self-talk techniques to manage their feelings to avoid frustration, anger, disrespect, overreacting, and rejection. Through videos, role-play, modeling and activities, your preteen will practice taking responsibility for fixing a problem instead of blaming others. They will learn that self-control builds self-respect.

Please sign up by October 21, 2021.

COPING WITH DIFFICULT PEOPLE

Session:

  • Thursdays, 10/21/21 – 12/23/21
  • 5 PM to 6 PM
  • Building 79, Conference Room B

Group description:

  • Does your teen argue, deny, or refuse to listen?
  • Does your teen know what to do when others tease him/her?
  • Your teen will examine the reasons that others tease, criticize, become angry and even bully. Participants will practice recognizing these behaviors and then determine what response has the best outcome. The teen will practice the COOL response through role-play, modeling, activities, and group discussions.

Please sign up by October 21, 2021.

WINTER 2022 GROUPS

Winter groups coming soon!

Sign up today!

Contact Cindy Read at 313.262.1167 or Holly Lawson at 313.398.6919 with questions or to sign up.