Social Skills Therapy Groups with Dr. Stanley Fagen

The focus of Dr. Stanley Fagen’s Social Skills Therapy Groups is on helping youth gain the confidence, knowledge and skills to make and keep friends. In small groups, the children learn to interact with friendly behaviors while also working on regulating impulses and emotions. While individual differences are accepted and valued, emphasis is on enhancing strength for positive social relationships. Children served include those with ADHD, anxiety, learning, behavior, social-emotional and self-esteem difficulties. Priorities for skill development include two-way conversation, taking turns, reading social cues, handling teasing, giving compliments, showing empathy, solving problems, managing emotions, good sportsmanship and working cooperatively to achieve group goals. Groups are scheduled for 10-12 one hour after school sessions. Because parents have a key role in supporting and reinforcing their child’s social skill development, parent group meetings are held to discuss ways to enhance progress and apply skills to home and school situations.

2nd -3rd grade , ages 7-8 years [co-ed]

Wednesdays, 4:30-5:30 p.m.

3rd -4th grade, ages 8-9 years [boys]

Mondays, 4:30-5:30 p.m.

4th -5th grade, ages 9-10 years [boys]

Thursdays, 4:30-5:30 p.m.

4th -5th grade, ages 10-11 years [boys]

Tuesdays, 4:15-5:15 p.m.

6th -8th grade, ages 11-13 years [boys]

Tuesdays, 6:00-7:00 p.m.

New Moms Support Group

A new mom faces a variety of emotional and physical struggles that can throw even the most
confident, competent woman for a loop. Growing Minds’ therapy group for new moms (and babies
ages 0-6 months) is designed to provide a safe, nonjudemental environment for new mothers to get
professional advice and emotional support from our group’s leaders and other new mothers.
Our new moms’ group is led by clinically licensed therapists trained in the fields of child development,
parenting education, group therapy and family therapy. Our group leaders bring their clinical expertise
as well as their personal experience as mothers to provide new mothers an opportunity to share the
joys and address the challenges of parenting together. Our groups are designed to provide
individualized support in small therapeutic settings (up to six moms and babies).

Meetings include:
– A specific topic of interest to new moms is discussed each week to provide opportunities to
learn strategies to deal with the challenges this new role presents. Topics addressed include:

  • Mood
  • Balancing the baby’s needs with the family’s needs
  • Anxiety
  • Family relationships and changing roles in the family
  • Isolation
  • Staying at home or working outside the home
  • Feeding
  • Childcare issues
  • Sleep
  • Body image issues
  • Soothing your baby
  • Self care
  • Attachment
  • Self image

– Groups members share experiences and receive support from other new mothers
– Group members meet and form relationships with other moms and babies in the neighborhood
– Documentation will be provided for possible out of network reimbursement by insurance

Thursdays from 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Early childhood Social Skills Therapy Groups (Preschool – 1st grade)

Growing Minds’ social skills group therapy provide opportunities for children to practice social interactions in a safe, supportive environment where they can feel successful. Our groups focus on building and promoting friendship skills like sharing, conflict-resolution, problem-solving, calming strategies, self-esteem and empathy. We offer a playful, engaging setting where children can learn and practice friendship skills through play, art, music/movement and books. Parents’ support is offered to give parents tools to encourage the use of these skills in all environments.

Preschool Group, Ages 4-5 Years (co-ed)

Thursdays, 3:00-4:00 PM

K-1st Grade, Ages 5-6 Years (co-ed)

Thursday, 4:30-5:30 PM

Ready for Middle School

The transition to middle school is difficult for many reasons. In addition to the environmental changes, your daughter’s emotions may intensify as she experiences stress, worry, anger, doubt, loneliness, jealousy, and sadness. During this time of growing independence, it is difficult for girls to know when and how to handle problems on her own versus when to seek guidance.

We believe that giving girls tools and strategies before middle school can set them up for better success in handling new feelings and new situations.  Group therapy offers a safe and structured setting to provide your daughter with empowerment to manage emotions, navigate peer relationships and increase self-esteem.

Because parents play an essential role during these vulnerable years, we take an integrative approach to supporting parents in strengthening your communication with your daughter including “knowing what to say” in difficult conversations.

Topics include:

  • Understanding mood
  • Communicating feelings
  • Coping with peer pressure, stress and worries
  • Taking charge of “out of control” feelings
  • Building self-esteem and confidence
  • Working out friendship conflicts
  • Managing jealousy, being left out, and teasing
  • Dealing with drama, rumors, cliques
  • Practicing assertiveness
  • Navigating social media

    Time and Date TBD