Groups For Kids

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Groups for Kids: Nov 2021 — Mar 2022

Morrissey-Compton’s ongoing skill-building groups meet at our office in Redwood City (595 Price Ave). Groups are available for 1st–9th graders who struggle with making or keeping friends, impulse control, anxiety, emotion regulation, and managing stress. Our popular “Girl Drama!” groups meet at a site in downtown Palo Alto.

NEW! Dungeons & Dragons Group starting soon!

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Social and Emotional Learning: A Dungeons & Dragons Group
For 7th-8th grade children with social and/or emotion regulation challenges. Topics of perspective taking, emotion regulation, flexible problem solving with peers, self-identity, and more will be explored while playing the tabletop role-playing game, Dungeons & Dragons. For more information, please contact Dr. Zach Rosenberg at zach.rosenberg@morrcomp.org.
 
Social Skills Groups for Kids and Teens
  • 10- or 12-week group sessions 

  • There are typically four to six kids or teens in a group, who are close in age and have similar challenges and goals
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  • Groups at our office meet once a week for 60 minutes and most include a weekly parental component.
  • “Girl Drama!” groups (middle school and high school groups) meet weekly for 75 minutes, with just the girls. 

  • 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

Group starting soon: Middle school boys (Thursdays, 5:45–6:45pm) 

For children or adolescents 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 flexible problem solving with peers.
 
Slow Down, Stop and Think: Managing Impulses and Strong Emotions

Group starting soon: 4th-5th graders (Thursdays, 4:30–5:30pm) 

Some children need extra support to improve self-control, recognize emotions in themselves and others, and to understand 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! *

Middle School Age Girls
Began Nov 8, 2021 – Mondays 4:00-5:15pm

High School Age Girls
Group starting soon – Mondays 5:30-6:45pm

* “Girl Drama!” groups meet in Palo Alto.
 
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.

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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