Child Outpatient Groups
This group focuses on aggressive, defiant, and oppositional behaviors that are affecting school and/or functioning at home. The children learn to express their anger in a safe and appropriate manner. Anger management skills are taught, problem-solving skills are strengthened, and group members discuss weekly topics of interest: relationships, friendships, school, family conflict, social skills, communication skills, and assertive conflict resolution with peers.
Depression & Anxiety
This group focuses on feelings of sadness and/or anxiety that are interfering with daily functioning. The group helps the children identify problematic thought patterns and process emotions associated with those patterns. Emotion regulation skills are taught as well.
This group focuses on teaching children to communicate their feelings and social challenges in a safe and appropriate manner in order to enhance their coping skills and experience improved socialization with friends and family.
Pre-School groups focus on teaching healthy social skills in a fun and supportive environment. Skills are taught using a combination of stories, activities, play, and a positive reward system.
Early Childhood Parenting Groups
This group focuses on parenting techniques; effective and appropriate parenting methods, including setting limits, and creating structure and boundaries. This group will strengthen participants’ parenting skills and teaches effective ways to manage a "difficult" pre-schooler.
Bullying for Victims
The focus of this group is to aid members in developing skills to manage peer conflicts in a more assertive manner and to increase awareness and prevent inappropriate responses to teasing and bullying. Members also learn to develop appropriate expression of feelings, as well as anger management skills.
This group focuses on helping children express their feelings appropriately via play.
Juvenile Sexual Offender
The program provides sex offender specific services to court ordered youth charged with sex offending behaviors and provides support services for youth returning to Union County from secure and/or residential facilities. Our services are aimed at reducing both sexual and non-sexual recidivism.
Social Skills/Social Skills for ADHD
This group focuses on teaching children how to appropriately interact with others. The children practice a range of social skills including communication and interpersonal skills. The SS for ADHD is a precursor and booster for the ADHD Program.
The focus of this group is to aid members with developing skills related to deficits that come from having ADHD. More specifically, members learn ways to improve focus, manage anxiety and hyperactivity, improve body control, manage frustrations, develop social skills, improve organizational and time management skills, and improve their ability to follow directions. Concurrent Parent Groups are also offered in English and Spanish.
This group focuses on building self esteem and teaching coping skills in girls. Topics include: anger management, social skills, and learning to feel comfortable with one’s self.
This group focuses on discussing and working on various topics of interest such as interpersonal problems, communication difficulties, anger issues, school problems and peer issues. This group incorporates coping skills, problem solving strategies, relaxation training and interpersonal skills.
Separation & Loss
This group focuses on helping children to cope with the emotional impact of separation and loss due to divorce, death, living apart from siblings, incarceration of parent or immigration issues.
This group focuses on the treatment of victims of sexual abuse. The clinicians provide information to the children about trauma, its effects, and coping mechanisms. Children identify their emotions and learn to express their feelings in a safe and healthy manner. This group teaches relaxation strategies, such as controlled breathing, and explores ongoing concerns and difficulties they may experience as a result of the trauma. This program also coordinates services with the Union County Child Advocacy Center when applicable.
Social Skills for Special Needs
This group, for select children on the autism spectrum, focuses on basic conversational skills such as, how to join with peers, how to invite peers to join into conversation, how to ask for help, following directions, and beginning and ending a conversation. Children engage in role-plays, discussion, and practice skills through social activities.