Monday, September 9, 2013

Group Therapy at Austin Child Guidance Center

Here is information about upcoming groups at ACGC,
you can find more information on their website:
Group therapy is conducted both at our Center and offsite. The purpose of group therapy is to help children develop skills for positive peer interaction. This is accomplished by providing insight on reaching consensus and handling conflict, as well as encouraging young people to talk about their feelings through appropriate means of expression instead of screaming, fighting, or withdrawing. The group also provides feedback for the children about how other children perceive them.

The following groups are being offered for the fall of 2012. Each group lasts 8 weeks and meets once a week. ACGC has a low cost sliding fee scale for the groups. Call 512-451-2242 to inquire about and sign up for any of these groups.

Mondays, starting 9/30/2013 - Social Skills Group (6-9 year olds)
The group is based on the program Children’s Friendship Training by Fred Frankel and Robert Myatt. The program has been found to be effective in helping kids make and keep friends. Topics include how to carry on a two-way conversation, approach others to play, be a good host, and show good sportsmanship. The group is appropriate for kids with ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder or any who struggle with understanding and using positive friendship skills.

Thursdays, starting 10/3/2013, 6-7:30 PM – Conflict Resolution Skills / Anger Management (9-12 year olds)
The children in the anger management group will participate in activities that correspond to that week’s topic. The issues presented will cover: identifying triggers to anger, taking responsibility for mistakes, learning positive coping skills, exploring feelings that may be underneath anger, and making good choices through problem solving steps. Our activities will focus on establishing trust within the group, developing solutions to common problems, exploring consequences, and practicing how to diffuse a heated situation. Kids who anger easily, have difficulty with peer relationships because of anger, or struggle with impulsiveness would benefit from this group.

Tuesdays, starting 9/3/2013, 6-7:30 PM, ADHD Parenting Group (for parents of children 5-12 year olds)
This group has multiple objectives. Members will work to improve parenting skills for children’s behavioral problems. It will raise parents’ knowledge about causes of defiant behavior. The group will work to increase children’s compliance with commands and rules. Lastly, concepts will help improve family life through positive attention, consequences, rule-setting, and appropriate discipline.

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