This innovative group helps children navigate the often-turbulent middle school years. During this pivotal period, as bodies and brains develop and mature, emotional regulation can be tricky. Meanwhile, kids must manage the pressure to fit in and be popular; the pitfalls of social networking; their first romances (and breakups); and bullying, whether overt or subtle, offline or online. At the same time, they must balance the demands of school, friends, sports, and other extra-curricular activities.
CHANGE—Middle School teaches new coping, problem-solving, and communication skills. It helps kids develop maturity, emotional centeredness, confidence, and a sense of self. Participants learn state-of-the-art behavior-modification techniques, social skills, mindfulness techniques, and positive psychology: an emotional toolkit they can call upon for the rest of their lives.
CHANGE can benefit any child, including those with learning disabilities or ADD/ADHD and those in stressful situations (divorce, loss, illness, or a new school, for example).
Parent workshop: CHANGE includes a one-day workshop for parents. You'll learn how the body and brain change during adolescence, and you'll receive insightful guidance on helping your middle-schooler cope with new and multiple pressures during this transitional life stage. You'll also learn how to resolve conflict as it arises within the family.
- Ages: 11-14
- Leader: Michael Goldman, LCSW, SPS psychotherapist. Mr. Goldman specializes in child and adolescent psychotherapy and builds strong, trusting relationships with kids.
- Every Thursday, 4:00-5:00 pm; weekly attendance is expected.
- Summit Psychological Services, 482 Springfield Ave., Summit.
- $85/session; health insurance plans may cover as group psychotherapy.
- Fee for one-day parent workshop: $85.
- For more information, for upcoming parent-workshop dates, and to schedule a screening interview, call Mr. Goldman, (908) 273-5558 ext 144.