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SociAble Kids and Teens: Group Therapy Programs

Growing calm, capable and confident young people.

Our SociAble Kids and Teens programs focus on social and emotional regulation skills development for children and adolescents. There are many reasons why our children and young people may have difficulties managing distress, understanding emotions, relating to others, showing socially appropriate behaviours, making friends or joining groups. They can get quickly discouraged, frustrated, or lose confidence when things are challenging which can make it harder to overcome social behaviour hurdles.

Group-based learning can be a helpful therapeutic approach for children and adolescents who struggle with emotional regulation, social situations, friendships, or managing behaviours such as aggression/withdrawal. The small group learning setting allows children and young people to build and share experiences whilst developing and practicing social and emotional skills strategies together. Through group teaching, showing and role-playing games, children and young people can improve their social thinking skills and build social and emotional regulation competence. For example, their prosocial orientation, social initiative/communication and socio-emotional regulation.

Inspired Psychology provides our own independently developed and tailored group therapy programs aimed at increasing social and emotional skills in children and adolescents. These programs are tailored to be responsive to the social, emotional, and behavioural needs of each participant. They consider age, level of social understanding, current behavioural issues, emotional literacy, and personal interests.

Groups are run by our highly trained psychologists and aim to be FUN, ENGAGING AND ACTIVE.

Age and ability groups: We run SociAble Kids/Teens for different age groups between 5- 17 years.

Groups are tailored to levels of social understanding, behavioural presentation (such as aggression or withdrawal/shyness), emotional literacy, and interests.

Locations: We run groups in central Adelaide. We also offer programs at schools and other locations on request.

Referral: No specific diagnosis or referral is required to take part in the program.

What is included? The program includes a clinical evaluation of participant needs prior to the program starting, measures to track progress and outcomes, parent feedback via email, a 1:1 parent coaching session with one of the psychologist facilitators, resources across the program, a family resource package, and all program sessions including an initial introduction session.

What do the sessions cover? 

  • Self-control in social settings
  • Social thinking skills
  • Social initiating, welcoming/inclusion and participating
  • Empathy and appreciating difference
  • Ways of being understood and understanding others
  • Positive communication skills to get along with and relate to others
  • Constructive problem solving skills in managing conflict or other challenging situations
  • Strategies for noticing and managing big emotions and reducing aggression, withdrawal, disengagement/ discouragement, reactive distress
  • Cooperating and compromising skills
  • A range of skills and values to make and keep friends, and participate in friend groups
  • School readiness/transition/ adjustment
  • Appropriate assertiveness and consideration of others
  • Personal resilience and positive, flexible thinking strategies

Duration: Groups are run over a number of sessions equalling nine hours of group therapy in total across five to nine sessions. The length of each session varies according to age and the developmental level of the group.  All programs start with a one hour introduction session that allows facilitators to assess group dynamics and tailor supports for success, as well as allowing participants to make connections with one another before starting program content.

Program Dates: Dates for our 6-8 and 9-12 program are TVC for Term 2, 2022. At current, we are ascertaining interest for other age groups. Please enquire with Sue Standen (details below) for specific dates or to make an expression of interest for another age group.

Fees: The cost of the program is $1395. We are NDIS registered for eligible participants with the cost being equivalent of 5.94 hours under NDIS standard rates. We also welcome participants who wish to join privately. Fees become due once participants are confirmed for a specific program.

SociAble Kids Masterclass: We offer an extension to our SociAble Kids program for ages 9-12. The masterclass builds on the skills learnt in the SociAble Kids program to increase confidence and competency for young people. It is suitable for children who have completed the first program or who have the basics in social skills and emotional regulation but need a bit of extra support. This is a shorter program with adjusted fees totalling $550 per program.

Cancellations: We offer a full refund for cancellations received up to 7 days prior to the program starting. All cancellations between 0-7 days will attract a $150 cancellation fee. No refund is available once the group sessions have commenced.

Registration: Registration is via expression of interest. This can be done by contacting our Administration Officer, Sue Standen: sue@inspiredpsychology.com.au or 0426 263 680.