Groups For Kids

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Groups for Kids – Spring 2021

Morrissey-Compton’s ongoing skill-building groups are currently being offered over Zoom. As soon as county guidelines allow in-person groups, we will return to meeting at our office in Redwood City, as well as at a group site in Palo Alto. Groups are available for kids who struggle with making or keeping friends, impulse control, anxiety, emotion regulation, and managing stress. In addition to our “Conquering Stress and Anxiety” groups, we also offer a new 3-week class that addresses stress reduction through the use of virtual and augmented reality. The next session of this class will be offered through Zoom in April, 2021.

Social Skills Groups for Kids and Teens
  • 10- to 12-week groups for 1st – 9th graders
  • There are typically four to six boys or girls in a group who are close in age and have similar challenges and goals.
  • Groups meet once a week for 60 minutes and most include a weekly parental component. All groups include an intake meeting and an individual parent meeting at the end of the 10- or 12-week session.
Social Skills: Making and Keeping Friends

Groups are Currently Being Formed

For children who have difficulty navigating the social dynamics involved in peer relationships. Topics include active listening, perspective taking, reading non-verbal cues, reciprocal conversation skills, noticing feelings in themselves and others, understanding how their behavior affects others, and flexibly problem solving with peers.

Slow Down, Stop and Think: Managing Impulses and Strong Emotions

Groups are Currently Being Formed

Some children need extra support to improve self-control, recognize emotions in themselves and others, and understanding how their behavior affects their peers. Topics include regulating emotions, listening skills, and strategies to slow down and think before speaking or acting.

Girl Drama! (For Middle School Girls)
  • Group meets over Zoom
  • 75 minutes
  • Meeting is only with the group members
  • Begins in March
  • Limited space

Middle school can be a very stressful time for girls, as they navigate the many social, emotional and physical changes that come with adolescence. Girls will explore friendship challenges, such as dealing with exclusion, bossy girls, teasing or feeling like they just don’t “fit in.” This group will focus on building self-esteem, confidence, and self-advocacy. When in-person groups resume, this group will meet in Palo Alto.

Questions?

Email sue.garber@morrcomp.org

After submitting your online registration, you will be placed on a waiting list. You will be contacted by Sue Garber, M.A., Director of Social Skills Groups, when space becomes available in the group that you have requested.

–Your information will be kept confidential–

Registration/Waitlist Form


Conquering Stress and Anxiety Group (6th – 8th grade)
  • Group meets over Zoom
  • Tuesdays, 4:00 – 5:00 PM
  • March 2 – May 4, 2021 (10 weeks)
  • Group size limited to 6 participants

Many adolescents have anxiety or worry that is intense, and may wax and wane, depending on circumstances. Living with worried thoughts and feelings can cause these adolescents to feel distressed. This can lead to avoidance of the anxiety provoking triggers, resulting in the adolescent having a reduced opportunity to face and conquer the feared situations.

In this group, adolescents will learn how to observe which situations trigger their anxious feelings and manage the triggers. Strategies we will practice include how to prepare for a situation that is likely to be anxiety provoking, mindfulness and breathing techniques, progressive muscle relaxation, self-talk, challenging beliefs/fears to determine how likely they are to occur and utilizing a step-by-step method for solving problems. Through discussion, role-plays, games, activities, YouTube clips and lots of practice, adolescents will become increasingly effective at conquering anxiety.

To Register

Email sue.garber@morrcomp.org answering the below questions.

After submitting your online registration, you will be placed on a waiting list. You will be contacted by Sue Garber, M.A., Director of Social Skills Groups, when space becomes available in the group that you have requested.

–Your information will be kept confidential–

A web form is coming soon. For now, please copy/paste/answer these questions into an email to Sue Garber. Thank you!

Choose one or more Groups (required)

  1. Conquering Stress & Anxiety
  2. Social Skills: Making and Keeping Friends
  3. Slow Down, Stop and Think: Managing Impulses and Strong Emotions
  4. Girl Drama

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Full name of child (required)
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Briefly state your main concerns

We pay special attention to generalizing learning to both home and school.
Group content is specifically designed for the needs and goals of the participants.

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