Social Skills Groups

What skills could my child learn?

  • Basic social skills such as asking for help, asking questions, joining in, taking turns, and initiating play
  • Friendship (play dates, taking turns, sharing, and saying sorry)
  • Conversation skills, friendship skills, apologizing, accepting consequences, and handling disappointment
  • Tips and tricks for hygiene, tact, and sense of humor
  • School issues (listening, keeping hands to self, library/playground behavior, self calming)
  • Higher level social skills (such as expressing feelings and recognizing others’ feelings, dealing with teasing, bullying, negotiating, problem solving and emotional regulation skills
Click here for a list of the current groups being offered.

We offer several sessions throughout the school year. Each session runs for 6 weeks. New groups start on August 20, 2019.

How do I register my child and what costs are involved? 

Clients who are new to the Pastoral Institute should call to schedule an initial evaluation appointment.  If your child is currently, or was recently a client of the Pastoral Institute, you or your child's counselor can refer them for group sessions. All or part of the charges for these services may be covered by your insurance, EAP benefits through your employer or CCP benefits through your Church. Applicable insurance deductibles and co-pays are due at time of service.  

Group Therapy Fees:  $60 per week.  Most insurance plans will reimburse a percentage of these fees. We can help file for insurance reimbursement. Insurance deductibles and co-pays that apply are due when you check-in each week for the group session.  

Materials Fee:  $70 - due when you register your child for a group. This fee covers printed materials, snacks, and rewards for the children.  This non-refundable fee is not covered by your insurance or EAP/CCP benefits.

Broken Appointment Policy: The materials fee includes one missed appointment fee of $30, which will be refunded if no sessions are missed (whether canceled or no-showed by the client). Additional group sessions missed are charged a $30 missed appointment fee.  

CURRENT REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Friday, August 16 - Space is limited so call now to reserve your spot!

Please contact the Children’s Center at 706-649-6507, ext. 1361 or email Christi Schiffman at if you have any questions or would like to register for one of the groups.

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