Amicus -- the Latin word for "friend" -- offers social skills groups for 1st through 8th grade children. The children meet in small groups, and are matched by age, gender, and social ability. During each group meeting the children learn and practice a new friendship skill with peers, and receive coaching and feedback from their group therapist. They are engaged through developmentally-appropriate activities such as games, art, collaborative projects, and role-plays. Parents are integrated into our program through various ways: weekly handouts which outline the skill taught, and suggestions of ways to help their child practice during the week; email updates regarding their child’s progress; and a written concluding summary with recommendations. Our groups are facilitated by experienced licensed therapists.
Our curriculum addresses the following:
- Friendship-Making Skills (Greetings; Conversational Skills; Joining In)
- Skills for Dealing with Feelings (Expressing Feelings; Recognizing and Understanding Another’s Feelings; Dealing with Anger)
- Skills for Self-Control and Dealing with Stress (Responding to Teasing & Bullying; Compromising & Negotiating; Dealing with Rejection; Being a Good Sport)
Amicus therapists are available to provide individual counseling to children, adolescents, and their families. They utilize play, art, and talk therapy to treat a variety of childhood problems such as depression, anxiety, dealing with loss and trauma, challenges with confidence, and adjusting to school and family transitions. Please contact a therapist directly to schedule an appointment:
Catherine Nafissi, LMFT
Leina Ramos Stowers, LCSW