Strategic Psychological Services Child and Adolescent Outreach Program
These groups teach a variety of wellness skills through curriculum-based formats which promote and enhance resiliency, communication abilities, healthy relationship building, social skills, problem solving capabilities, goal-setting/maintenance, peer support, diversity training, skills for dealing with feelings, and application and utilization of critical thinking. During the groups, wellness skills are taught using modeling, role-playing, and discussion. In addition to the positive impact of learning wellness skills, group members who participate in small groups often develop a stronger sense of belonging to a social group and a more positive attitude about school. Additionally, various free workshops for parents and caregivers are also offered as part of the program. Facilitators of these groups may be a licensed therapist, a therapist-in-training, a Strategic Psychological Services staff member, or a supervised undergraduate/graduate student volunteer. Although the group may be facilitated by professional counselors at times, this program does not provide counseling. The program is an educational and support program designed to teach skills, facilitate self-awareness and confidence, promote new behaviors, and demonstrate how to effectively deal with some of the issues life presents.