Everything you need to know
At Evolving Roles, we specialise in Therapeutic Social Skills Groups for teens who would like to be more socially confident. This program is led by Jane Maher, Australia’s only Psychodramatist, Family Therapist & Mental Health Nurse who has been focused on helping socially isolated teenagers since 1997.
How groups work;
Groups are made up of up to five teens of similar ages, with similar concerns and interests. Groups start from as young as one for 10 -11 year olds and then same age groups up to 18+ and older. There are already some groups going that you might be able to join soon. Groups meet online for one hour weekly after school during school terms.
What are groups like:
The groups are like being part of a friendship group at school with someone there to help guide when needed. We organise a group agreement early on, we do getting to know you activities and use online platforms to build a safe and fun group culture. Group members are helped to initiate conversations, join in conversations, maintain conversations, deal with awkward silences, be responsive to others conversation topics and differences, to take turns in conversations, not leave themselves out or take over, to be curious and interested in each other, to find common and different interests, and find ways to bring out the best in each other. An emotion coaching approach is taken to building social-emotional intelligence.
The group offers a safe and well-facilitated space to develop more social-emotional intelligence, to practice and rehearse friendship skills, to relax and enjoy connecting.
How to join:
You don’t need a referral to Join one of these online groups. The way to join is for the parent/carer to call Jane (0419102338 ) to discuss the circumstances. Then a pre-group meeting is organized. This is with the young person mostly depending on age and may include a parent as appropriate. This is the way to confirm a spot in the right group and prep for joining in.
Typically young people say the first session is easier than they expected.
These groups are open to all teens who want to become more socially confident and for NDIS clients who are Plan or Self Managed.
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