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Children’s Groups

This is a list of therapy groups offered by Westchester Group Works.

All groups are ongoing and coed.

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In all groups involving children, adolescents, tweens, teens and young adults each prospective member will be evaluated and placed in a developmentally age-appropriate therapy group. Please note that when a group is for “children”, the age range is 6-9 for “adolescents” or “tweens” it’s 10-13; for “teens” it is 14-17.

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Children’s Socialization Groups
Children (6-9)

Adolescent/Tween Socialization Group
Adolescents and Tweens (Ages 10 to 13)

Teen Self-Discovery/Socialization Group
For Teens (High School Age)

Living with a Disabled Family Member
Children, Adolescents & Tweens

Separation & Divorce
Children, Adolescents, Tweens, Teens

Bereavement
Children, Adolescents, Tweens, Teens

Managing Anxiety
Teens

Health & Weight
Teens

Children’s Socialization/Social Skills Group For Children (Ages 6 to 9)

k-Children-SocializationThis group is designed to help promote social skills through the expression of feelings, enhance coping skills with such issues as disappointment, frustration, anger, family changes, anxiety, etc. Participation will help children of this age group to increase self-esteem, and through group cohesion, cooperation, and team work, to improve their social and problem solving skills.

All nuances of social relationships will be explored. Specific social skills that may be the focus are how to initiate relationships, how to develop relationships and how to sustain them over time. Some others include how to read social cues, the use of body language, working through conflict, effectively asserting oneself, compromising, and working collaboratively and mindfully with others.

The group format is structured to be developmentally appropriate and engaging. It is activity-based and includes therapeutic activities. The use of specialized activities such as worksheets, role playing and games will help members work on individual and cooperative goals.

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Adolescent/Tween Socialization Group
For Adolescents and Tweens (Ages 10 to 13

k-Adolescent-Tween-SocializationWe have designed this group to enhance the self-esteem of adolescents/tweens who belong to this age group. As the group progresses, the leader will assist these adolescents/tweens in identifying and expressing difficult feelings as they cope with daily life stressors and situations. Some of these might be disappointment, frustration, anger, family changes, anxiety – as well as a variety of challenges that arise in the typical daily life of our members.

Group members will develop their social skills through social awareness as they become more aware of personal responsibility and respect for the rights of others; problem solving, mutual aid, and team work. Structured discussions and activities (i.e., worksheets, role-playing, etc.) as well as music and other creative mediums will be utilized to facilitate group discussion and mutual support.

All nuances of social relationships will be explored. Specific social skills that may be the focus are how to initiate relationships, how to develop relationships and how to sustain them over time. Some others include how to read social cues, the use of body language, working through conflict, effectively asserting oneself, compromising, and working collaboratively and mindfully with others.

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Teen Self-Discovery/Socialization Group
For Teens (High School Age)

k-Teen-Self-DiscoveryThis group will help members identify, express, and cope with complex emotions that go along with being a teen. Members will work to identify core issues – socialization (peers, familial, people of authority, etc.), losses, family changes, peer conflicts, anxiety, etc. — as they learn to deal with age-related challenges while learning healthier self-talk and coping skills.

Through mutual helping and healing, this group can offer teens understanding and support to enhance their sense of community and a sense of control over their lives.

Group members will develop their social skills through social awareness as they become more aware of personal responsibility and respect for the rights of others; problem solving, mutual aid, and team work. Structured discussions and activities (i.e., worksheets, role playing, etc.) as well as music and other creative mediums will be utilized to facilitate group discussion and mutual support.

All nuances of social relationships will be explored. Specific social skills that may be the focus are how to initiate relationships, how to develop relationships and how to sustain them over time. Some others include how to read social cues, the use of body language, working through conflict, effectively asserting oneself, compromising, and working collaboratively and mindfully with others.

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Living with a Disabled Family Member
For Children & Adolescents/Tweens

k-Disabled-Family-MemberThis group offers a venue for men and women in this category to talk over issues such as how to deal your ex, handling parenting concerns (if pertinent), loneliness, stress, depression, mourning the loss of the relationship and/or the status of being a married person, rebuilding self-esteem, disappointment, dealing with family & friends, and eventually, the possibility of dating again and becoming intimate with another partner.

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Dealing with Divorce For Children, Adolescents/Tweens & Teens

k-DivorceThree separate groups, one for each age level will deal with anxiety, disappointment, loyalty issues and stress that may be involved in making the transitions that arise when there’s a divorce in the family. Young people will especially focus on how to renegotiate important relations and the best ways to deal with family and friends.

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Bereavement Group For Children, Adolescents/Tweens & Teens

k-Bereavement-GroupThese three groups are designed to help children, adolescents/tweens and teens who are experiencing the death of a parent, sibling, grandparent(s) or pet. Members receive peer support and learn strategies for effective coping in a place where they can openly and safely express their feelings. Developmentally age appropriate issues will be explored.

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Managing Anxiety Group For Adolescents

k-Managing-AnxietySome adolescents experience a broad spectrum of anxious feelings, from general anxiety to the more extreme (including those with OCD, phobias, etc.). For those young people, the group will discuss challenges in dealing with their anxiety, how their relationships are inevitably impacted, and learn to better manage their anxiety using specific cognitive-behavioral modification techniques.

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Health & Wellness Group For Teens

k-Health-WellnessTeens will discuss the challenges of weight loss and how it impacts them. They will learn to develop a positive body-image and improved self-esteem, as well as, to develop realistic and comfortable weight and fitness goals. This group will help them to improve on their overall health, eating habits, and fitness goals.

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