In this group, middle school students (5th-8th grade) will participate in online live process groups, video skill building lessons, creative activities, and individual reflection work. Group members will meet once a week, for 10 weeks, with Toni Ratzburg (Clinical Director of Beacon Wellness Team) and participate in at-home assignments and activities in between each session. Parents will receive a weekly update on the skills learned during the group and suggestions for how to incorporate practice into the home. Google Classroom will be used for independent activities and communication. Journaling, art, movies, music, Ted Talks, and YouTube videos will be included as options for creative independent activities.
The group will focus on:
-Developing the ability to identify, describe, and differentiate feelings;
-Increasing the ability to manage emotions in the moment;
-Decreasing unhealthy coping behaviors;
-Evaluating their beliefs about emotions;
-Increasing self-soothing behaviors;
-Understanding emotional triggers and how to manage them.