Kids’/Teens’ Connection are a series of group clinics offered by Foundations Counseling Center. Studies have shown tremendous improvement in behavior when group therapy is utilized as an intervention. Having a positive peer support group naturally increases motivation to increase positive behavior. Likewise, the sense of belonging and the sense of others understanding increase one’s self-esteem. The following groups are currently being offered. Please call (702)240-8639 ext.0 for more information:
“KIDS’ CONNECTION GROUP: SOCIAL SKILLS, IMPULSE CONTROL AND BEYOND”
This group is designed for children ages 5-10 who have been diagnosed with diagnosed with ADHD and/or Autism Spectrum Disorder. Each group is gender-specific. The group utilizes play therapy, art therapy, bibliotherapy, and skill-building activities to foster positive social skills, impulse control, anger-management skills, coping skills, and organizational skills. Therapeutic interventions that enhance self-esteem and self-confidence are also incorporated. The children not only learn necessary life skills, but they also form positive relationships with their peers. As part of the group process, they are encouraged to share their thoughts and feelings related to their own current stressors and receive positive feedback within a safe and trusting environment.
“TEENS’ CONNECTION GROUP: LIVING WITH A CHRONIC MEDICAL CONDITION”
This group is designed for any teen ages 13-17 diagnosed with a chronic medical condition (i.e., Type 1 Diabetes, Thyroid Condition, Heart Condition, etc.). Living with a chronic medical condition can be challenging. In attending this group, members join other teens who live each day with similar challenges and share their story. Together, they learn positive coping strategies, discover what makes them great, and learn to celebrate each day.
“KIDS’ CONNECTION GROUP: COPING WITH SEPARATION OR DIVORCE”
This 6-session therapeutic group is designed to improve the functioning of children ages 6 to 12 as they adjust to a stressful family change such as the separation from a parent, or the divorce of parents. Such changes may cause signs and symptoms of depression, anxiety, or behavioral issues. Through this group, members will: 1) learn effective copings skills, 2)process any negative feelings such as self- blame, anxiety, and grief, 3) increase self-esteem and confidence, and 4) be provided with valuable, helpful resources that their family can utilize for additional support.
“TEENS’ CONNECTION: ‘I ROLL TO BUILD MYSELF’ -A TABLE TOP GAMES GROUP FOR SOCIAL ANXIETY”
This Table Top Games Group is designed for humans ages 11-15 who find social situations difficult or scary. Games help to create a space and world in which teens can play. Within this space, teens are guided but allowed freedom to explore social situations using built-in game mechanics. Having this safe environment, gamers can focus on skills such as collaborating as a team, perspective -taking, and creative problem-solving. The group casually plays through different board games or role playing games and may replay a game to focus on a different element or skill. Additionally, this group uses the support of other adventurers who are challenged by social anxiety. No gaming experience is needed. Group members do not need to bring anything to the group. They are allowed to bring social anxiety with them; sometimes social anxiety just tags along for the ride.