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Palo Alto: 650-688-3040
Social Skills Groups
Social Skills Groups are for children (four and older) who experience challenges in social settings. Our team of expert clinicians provide a safe environment for children as they learn to interact with peers and practice social skills that will help them develop positive relationships and maintain friendships.
During the social skills group sessions, parents will have the opportunity to observe the social skills group in progress and learn new ways to reinforce growth of social skills at home and in school. At the end of each group, an individual consultation for each family is provided.
Social Skills Groups are offered throughout the year, both on location in our Parents Place centers, as well as on location at T'enna Oshman Family Jewish Community Center - 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto, CA.
Our Social Skills groups are facilitated by Kirk Stuepfert, MSW, PPSC, Holly Pedersen, PhD and Mimi Ezray, LCSW, MPH.
GIRLS FRIENDSHIP SKILLS GROUP - Spring 2013
(for girls 8 - 10 years) The Parents Place girls’ group supports the relationship dynamics, challenges and self-esteem issues that are often unique to girls. This group focuses on friendship, communication, conflict resolution and assertiveness skills, as well as on self-esteem, body image and management of difficult emotions. In this group, girls will learn how to choose friends wisely, keep friends, navigate friendship choices and express their emotions and resolve conflicts in a healthy way.
This group is appropriate for girls struggling with any of the following:
The group begins on April 9th, 2013 and runs for eight consecutive Tuesdays from 4 - 5:15pm. The cost of the group is $720 ($90 per week). The group will be facilitated by Holly Pedersen PhD, MFT, Director of Community Education and Mimi Ezray LCSW, MPH, Coordinator of Children’s Clinical Services, and held at Parents Place in Palo Alto (200 Channing Ave). For more information or to schedule an intake interview please contact our intake department at: 650-688-3046.
FRIENDSHIP GROUP: ENCOURAGING SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT
(for children 3.5 - 6 years old)
This social skills building group will be conducted at the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center (3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto, CA.) Kirk Stuepfert will lead the sessions. Friendship Group helps children be successful in social settings such as play dates, school, or the playground. Experienced group leaders provide a small and safe setting where children feel supported in learning to interact successfully with their peers. Skills such as identifying and expressing feelings, taking turns and sharing, listening, assertiveness, solving problems, and dealing with transitions are taught through direct and interactive instruction while incorporating play, games, art and role playing.
As a parent you will gain:
If your child needs support with any of our social skills, call 650-688-3046 to make an appointment.