In this day and age bullying, peer pressure, and peer rejection are frequent problems. It is important for children to succeed in their educational career as well as learn how to successfully interact with friends and form their social identity. The social skills program here at Bright Horizons is designed to help children, teens and young adults form their social identity, strengthen their social communication skills and improve their decision making processes.
The benefits of group therapy over individual therapy:
Bright Horizons is a positive environment where your child can express themselves freely and have a safe place to disclose situations they are facing. Groups are formed based upon characteristics such as age, gender and social maturity. Group activities strive to enhance social skills as well as everyday life skills and coping skills by using techniques such as role playing, behavioral management, problem solving skills, peer discussion and homework assignments designed to help transfer the skills learned into everyday life situations. Parental involvement is strongly encouraged to help your child succeed in implementing their newfound skills.
Group times vary based upon the group your child attends. All groups are offered after school during the week. Open groups run year long and are open for enrollment throughout the year. New members can join at any time. Our current open groups include:
- Middle School Transition Group (Rising 9th Graders)
- Middle School Girls (Ages 11-14)
- High School Group (Ages 14-18)
Closed groups are aimed at resolving specific issues members may be facing. They run for a set amount of time (usually 10-12 weeks). All members of closed groups begin and end at the same time. Our current closed groups include:
- Expressing Emotions Through Art