Dorothy J Uhrlass
Group therapy can be a powerful intervention for children. Group therapy may serve as an adjunctive treatment for a child already in individual therapy, or for some children, it may be appropriate as the primary form of treatment. Through the group setting, children have the unique opportunity to receive feedback and support from their peers. Using cognitive-behavioral approaches, these groups aim to teach children effective strategies to cope with and decrease levels of distress. Children learn relaxation skills, ways to challenge and change negative thinking patterns, strategies to face their fears and anxiety, as well as problem-solving skills.
Essential to the treatment of children and adolescents, is the role of parents in creating a home environment conducive to their child's treatment. In addition, the stress of parenting a child with ADHD, oppositional behaviors, irritability, or anxiety often leaves parents feeling overwhelmed and unsupported. Parenting groups specifically designed for parents of children with emotional difficulties are in the process of being formed. Groups will focus on teaching effective parenting strategies, as well as providing parents with support.