Child, Adolescent, & Family Group Therapy
Social Skills Training Group for Children
CBT/ DBT Associates offers behavioral social skills training for children ages 8-12, who currently experience difficulties making and maintaining positive social relationships. This group will address general social skills topics, such as verbal and non-verbal communication skills, making and maintaining friendships, problem solving, perspective taking, cooperative work/ play, assertiveness, and effective responses to peer pressure and bullying. The group will address the content of the skills, as well as barriers that interfere with implementation of the skills. Additionally, participants will have individualized goals for which they will receive ongoing skills coaching and feedback. Children will be given "take home" assignments intended to help them generalize lessons learned in the group.
Children Coping with Divorce
This is a CBT-oriented, group therapy program for children who have experienced parental separation or divorce. The group is a short-term intervention with goals of providing children with psycho-education regarding commonly experienced emotions and beliefs associated with separation/ divorce, as well as coaching in communication, problem solving and coping skills. The group format provides children with a sense of safety and support.
This is a 12-week, CBT-oriented parent coaching group for any parent of adolescents in middle school and high school. The group teaches parents skills to increase desirable behaviors and decrease undesirable behaviors of their teens, to improve the quality of their relationships with their teens, to enhance communication, to effectively problem-solve and negotiate, and to manage unhelpful thoughts and emotions in response to teens.
This is a CBT-oriented, parent coaching group for parents of children ages 6-12, who are demonstrating behavior problems, including noncompliance, oppositional behaviors, physical aggression, temper tantrums, poor impulse control, hyperactivity, disruptive behaviors, and bedtime/sleep problems. Group aims to help parents understand the development and maintenance of behavior problems in children, improve the quality of their relationships with children, develop constructive and effective behavior management techniques, and engage their children in collaborative problem-solving.
Parenting Children with Anxiety
This is a CBT-oriented parent coaching group for parents of children ages 6-18, who are currently struggling with anxiety disorders, such as Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Panic, Phobias, Social Anxiety, Separation Anxiety, and Generalized Anxiety. This group aims to maximize the effectiveness of a child's CBT treatment and/or provide parents with skills for implementing cognitive-behavioral strategies at home. Effective treatment for anxiety disorders in children often requires completion of homework exercises, as well as adjustments in routines and the home environment. This group helps parents become more effective at-home coaches for their child, by providing psycho-education on the development of anxiety disorders in children and cognitive-behavioral approaches for reducing anxiety. Additionally, parenting a child with an anxiety disorder presents unique challenges that are often not adequately addressed by traditional behavior management strategies. This family group therapy will address these issues by providing parents with coaching and support for finding the balance between supporting their child through their struggles with anxiety while maintaining clear and positive behavioral expectations.
Parents Coping with Divorce
This is a CBT-oriented, short-term parent-coaching group, intended to provide parents with information and skills to help their children and themselves adjust to the process of separation and the family life changes that often accompany parental separation and divorce. Topics addressed include the parental experience of separation/ divorce, the child experience of separation/ divorce, and effective co-parenting strategies that promote healthy adjustment in children. Parents of the same child will not be permitted to attend the same group.