Pediatric Behavioral Health

Weekly Group Therapy
Groups provide a supportive setting to address a variety of topics. Groups are available for Anger Management, Anxiety, Depression, Autism, and many other challenging issues encountered in middle and high school.

For more information or to register, please leave a message on the "New Patient" line: 508-835-1735, Option 4

Dawn Hartnett, LICSW

Patricia Lonergan,LMHC

Lego-Based Therapeutic Social Skills (Grades K-3)
This is a year-round group that encourages communication and problem solving. In each Lego group, children are assigned a job for the day: either “engineer”, “supplier”, or “builder”. By being required to stick to their role in putting together a Lego kit, children need to utilize problem solving, communication, and frustration tolerance skills. The group leader coaches children in developing these skills while the children think they are just having fun!

Coping Skills (Grades 3-5, 6-8)

This is a 5 week Cognitive Behavioral group that is run twice in the fall, once in the winter, and twice in the spring. Classroom style learning that will teach members specific skills to calm down, manage their energy, and tackle challenging emotions. This group is a great supplement/alternative to individual/family therapy.

Therapeutic Social Skills (ages 9-12)

This group utilizes the Social Thinking and Zones of Regulation Curriculum. Specific skills taught throughout each group are:

  • understanding and building relationships with others
  • working as part of a team
  • identifying feelings and regulating your emotions
  • managing time and being organized
  • perspective taking

Skill Development Groups:
These groups work toward the development of age appropriate self-awareness, self-advocacy, peer problem solving, and anxiety reduction. We provide the members with social coaching to teach explicit skills and understand communication. We work on learning to understand people from their perspective.

•Early Elementary(ages 7-9): multiple groups- gender specific or co-ed
•Middle School (ages 11-14) multiple groups- gender specific or co-ed

Groups for high school age and older are run with a general check-in of how teens are feeling about certain aspects of their life. The leader facilitates a group discussion based on issues presented and identifies skills appropriate for the issues.

  • High School
  • College Transition
  • Adult Transition

DBT Skills (ages 11-14, 15-20)

This is a 13 week group, run once in the fall and once in the spring, with enrollment available only at the beginning. This group provides practical skills to combat emotional and behavioral problems varying in severity. Specific skills taught are:

  •distress tolerance          •emotion regulation        •interpersonal effectiveness   •mindfulness      

These critically important skills help your teen reduce the power of negative emotions and increase their ability to manage relationships with others. There is a co-ed group (grades 5-8) and high school/college female group (grades 9-12)

The following groups are run only with sufficient enrollment.
Make sure to contact us if you are interested!

ADHD Teen (Grades 9-12)

This group will help teenagers with a diagnosis of ADHD to learn skills and strategies to navigate day-to-day challenges. Topics include understanding ADHD, homework completion, organizational skills, time management, problem-solving, and making friends.

LGBTQ High School (Grades 9-12)

This group supports and educates teens on the utilization of healthy and meaningful coping skills specific to how your child identifies. This group will also help with development of effective self-advocacy skills.                           

For more information or to register, please leave a message on the "New Patient" line: 508-835-1735, Option 4