Transition into middle school presents complex challenges, including exposure to a larger peer group, increased expectations for time management and self-monitoring, renegotiation of rules with parents, and pubertal changes. For children in foster care, this transition is complicated by their maltreatment histories, living situation changes, and difficulty explaining their background to peers and teachers. This vulnerability is especially pronounced for girls in foster care, who have often experienced sexual abuse and are at risk for associating with older antisocial males.
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ABLE is a 2 level program designed to help children develop and strengthen their social and interpersonal skills. This program offers a safe environment for participants to learn about, and better understand how to appropriately engage and develop healthy relationships with others. Those wanting to participate in only level 2 must have demonstrated level 1 skills.
Last year a question was posed to the Groups in College Counseling Centers Listserv asking for exercises to do at termination with groups. Below are the compiled responses. Following the responses is further information about this listserv and ways to subscribe. What are some of the moments that had the most meaning for you?
It shouldn't come as any surprise to people in youth ministry that Christian teen girls and Christian teen boys tend to have different interests. While a majority of youth group events should involve both boys and girls, there are times when it is nice to have a "girls only" activity. Here are some ideas for those times when the girls just want to have fun:.
As pre-adolescents and adolescents mature, there is great pressure to live up to certain societal ideals. Young men may face pressure to be strong and athletic, while girls may face pressure to be attractive and desirable. However, it is important to recognize that the worth of your value should lie outside these shallow societal ideals.
Teen girls groups serve to empower and strengthen teens as they manage academic and social challenges. Techniques include guided insight, peer sharing and feedback and social-self appraisal exercises to help girls build confidence and interpersonal competence. Cognitive processing and experiential tools are integrated into sessions while girls learn social-emotional coping skills.
When teenage girls are struggling to cope with mental illness, emotional issues and untreated trauma, they can turn to reckless behavior. Sending teens off to military school, group homes or wilderness camp may seem like the answer for parents who just want their daughters to behave better and focus on their future. Instead, many parents and kids are finding success in therapeutic boarding school programs.
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