Groups Begin October 9, 2018!
To register for any of the classes below please call Christi Schiffman (706) 649-6507 ext. 1361
(Ages 6-10) Tuesdays 4:30-5:15
Children often experience and express grief differently than adults. Grief can be confusing, lonely, and scary for children triggering anxiety, depression and anger. This group will assist children who have experienced loss find ways to identify and process their feelings with peers who can relate. This group will help children express and cope with loss both verbally and nonverbally through art, music, play and mindfulness. Grief never disappears, but overtime can become easier to endure.
“FOCUS” = Focusing, Organizational skills, Calmness, Using good choices, Stress tolerance
(Ages 7-12)- Tuesdays 4:45 p.m. -5:30 p.m.
This series helps children identify the core aspects of ADHD such as focusing issues, problems with executive functioning, not listening, etc. Children will learn how to recognize these core aspects and also learn age-specific strategies to aid in improving their core skills, their academic performance, their behavior and social interactions. Parents will receive information on strategies and techniques to use at home to help with their child's continued progress.
“CALMS” = Calming Anxiety and Learning how to Manage Stress
(Age 5-8)- Wednesday 3:45 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
(Age 9-12)- Wednesday 4:45 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
Worries. Fears. Nightmares. Self-Doubt. This is what anxiety or low self-esteem may look like for your child. This group focuses on learning emotional strength through calmness and kindness to self. This group will teach self-calming methods to improve integration of big muscles with other senses. Activities such as yoga, basic Tai Chi moves, breathing techniques, progressive muscle relaxation, and imagery will be used. We will also incorporate movement activities that improve body awareness, self-regulation, self-esteem, coordination, and promote overall physical well-being.
CALMS for Teens
(Ages 13 & up)- Thursdays 5:00 p.m. -5:45 p.m.
Overwhelmed, stressed, irritable, fearful, nervous, sad, lying awake at night. This is what anxiety or low self-esteem may look like for your teen. With growing pressures of schoolwork, social media, romantic relationships, friendships, sports and extracurricular activities, recent research suggests that teens are reporting higher levels of stress during the school year than adults. This group focuses on learning emotional strength through calmness and kindness to self by implementing mindfulness, physical activity (such as yoga, basic Tai Chi moves), social problem-solving, conflict resolution skills and healthy eating and sleep habits. Breathing techniques, progressive muscle relaxation, and imagery will be used in this group to promote healthy self-esteem, reduce anxiety and increase empowerment.
COURSES FACILITATED BY:
Angela M. Sims, Ph.D., Children’s Center Director, GA Licensed, Developmental Psychologist
Debra Love, M.A., LPC, BCPCC, Children’s Center Counselor
Laura Beth Peterson, M.S., LPC, Children's Center Counselor
Larinda Horton, M.A., Children’s Center Resident