SociAble Kids and Teens- Group Therapy Programs

Calm Tree: SociAble Teens August 2018

Growing calm, capable and confident young people

Our SociAble Kids/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.

For children and adolescents who struggle with emotional regulation, social situations, friendships or managing behaviours such as aggression/withdrawal, group-based learning can be a helpful therapeutic approach.

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.

Fantastic collaborative artwork by our March 2017 7-11 age group.

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

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 (i.e. prosocial orientation, social initiative / communication and socio-emotional regulation).

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 progra.

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 the booster 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 9 hours of group therapy in total across 5-9 sessions. The length of each session varies according to age and the developmental level of the group.  All programs have a  follow up booster session to ensure gains are consolidated and maintained.

Program Dates: Dates are under review for 2021 and will be released soon.

Fees: Fees are under review for 2021 and will be released soon. We are NDIS registered for eligible participants.  Rebates via Medicare and private health may also be available. We offer flexible payment options and a low fee option is available for eligible participants. Fees become due once participants are confirmed for a specific 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 online or by contacting our Administration Officer, Milla Jane.

Our SociAble Kids Masterclass for ages 7-11 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.

For more information contact Milla on milla@inspiredpsychology.com.au or 8272 6998.

 

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