Wasatch Family Therapy is excited to announce this school year’s social skills group. This group is opened ended allowing kids to come into the group throughout the school year. There is a six session commitment, but children can stay longer, if needed. Groups are $50 per session, due at the time of the group. Please contact us at 801-944-4555 to register for the group.More
We are excited to announce that Wasatch Family Therapy is starting up our Mad Science and social skills group this summer! The group is starting June 11th and goes through July 30th for a total of seven groups. These groups are two hours long and will run every Tuesday skipping the week of the 24th of July. The group consist of an hour science experiment with the Mad Science group leader and the therapists. Followed by the last hour with the therapist working with the children on various social skills involving play and our science experiment. Some of you may be wondering is this group worth it for my child? The answer to that question is yes! Below are some of the benefits that kids can receive from our social skills group.
- Social skills group builds self-confidence in the group setting which then goes to all areas of your child’s life.
- Allows them to make new friends and learn how to maintain healthy friendships going forward.
- Develop new problem solving skills for school and home settings.
- Ability to cope with changes that may occur in their day-to-day life.
- A better understanding of their own emotions and then how to connect with peers through empathy.
- Play is a child’s primary language which means we will be doing a lot of it during the group!
- Group play can support emotional healing and growth.
- Improves independence and creative thinking.
- Allows a safe place to make decisions and learn to accept and understand their responsibility for these.
We look forward to this group every year as we see each of the children make great leaps forward in their abilities. If you or anyone you know is interested in our social skills group reach out to us at 801-944-4555 to sign up now!More
This 8 week group is designed to help school-aged children navigate the challenges of social situations and understand what it means to be a friend. Focusing on understanding their role and impact on those in their world.
- Making and keeping friends
- Increase self-esteem
- Discover skills for coping with anxiety
- Strengthen Social Skills
- How to manage emotions such as anger
- Dealing with Bullies
Parents, starting next week we have a Tween group for kids ages 11 – 13. This group will promote healthy relationships and communication between adults and peers as they prepare to enter Jr. High and Middle School. The group will use expressive arts and group activities that help the children to engaged in skills that they will use for the rest of their life.
Nathan Watkins, AMFT
- Emotionally intelligent people are self aware. They recognize their own emotions.
- Emotionally intelligent people can self-regulate. They can control how they react to their emotions instead of letting their emotions control them.
- Emotionally intelligent people are empathetic. They understand other people’s emotions.
- Emotionally intelligent people have social skills. They can build connections with others.
While I’m slightly embarrassed to admit this, I have to let you in on a guilty pleasure of mine; I love watching Keeping Up with the Kardashians. Most reality TV leaves me scoffing, changing the channel or, commenting with ridicule and judgment (I can’t help it), but when it comes to viewing Kim K and the rest of the family I walk away from each episode thinking “huh, amid the chaos there is something going well with this family”. It took me a while to sift through the grandiose- ego driven aspects of the show to find what I consider to be 3 real strengths that they demonstrate that could be applied to family therapy.
- Pit and Peak
In one episode, the family sat down to family dinner, something they seemingly do often, and over the course of the meal each member took turn talking about the “Pit and the Peak” of their day. In other words, they were all present to check in with each other and share their experience of the day. There wasn’t much problem solving going on, but that seemed to be okay. The purpose of the exercise was more to hear and be heard.
*How this applies to family therapy: Spending meal times together and disclosing how your day went can be a great way to understand where people are emotionally, as well as offer support and praise. When we check in (and do it often) we are better able to avoid personalizing someone else’s bad day and this reduces conflict.
- Be Real (real assertive that is)
For those of you who watch (and I know you’re out there), it is clear to see that this family has no problem putting themselves out there. While it may be a bit narcissistic or over the top in the show, what is also happening is self-validation. The Kim, Khloe, Kourtney, and Kris are willing to be vulnerable and verbalize when they are dissatisfied with one another. Rarely does this family let things get swept under the rug. When they are frustrated they let the other know and this creates the opportunity (for drama) AND for resolution. Yes, there are many times where they do not demonstrate assertive clear communication, but they are willing to put themselves out there and work it out.
*How this applies to family therapy: Passive communication often creates resentment and stress in families. Practicing assertive communication (like letting people know how you really feel) on the other hand, leads to a higher likelihood that those un-met needs that are causing conflict, will be met. Families that can “Be Real” with each other in respectful and validating ways are more likely to resolve and rebound from conflict and build secure attachments to one another.
From creating their own music videos on family vacations, to wrestling, or playing pranks on each other, this family prioritizes play. No doubt that they are not short of drama or chaos, but their efforts to play and have fun with one another help counter balance the pandemonium and strife.
*How this applies to family therapy: When we forget to have fun with our families it limits our opportunity to learn and grow together. Play can be a stress relieving and bonding experience. With children, play can help them learn and develop various skills such as motor skills, cognitive skills, and social skills. Play teaches the parents to be patient towards their children and can have the added value of increasing the child or teens self-esteem knowing they will be attended to. Families who take the time to play together, are often more cooperative, supportive and have better and more frequent communications.
While I am not suggesting that we all start emulating the Kardashians, these few point may be work trying to incorporate into your family dynamics.More
As this school year wraps up, most students and parents will eagerly, or for some anxiously, wait for report cards. Progress in reading, math, writing, physical education and perhaps, depending on your district or structure of your school, aspects of learning such as ‘motivation’ or ‘character’ will be indicated somewhere on the document. However, do you know how your child is functioning regarding social skills? Does it really matter?
Research in education today signals a resounding yes. In generations past, children acquired these skills almost exclusively at home and within their families. With increasing negative societal influences and various sources of stress bombarding so many of us, it’s hard for parents to go it alone. Schools can often be an important partner with parents to provide positive social skills development. Yet, what can you do if your child doesn’t seem to be interacting socially in age appropriate ways?More
Clair Mellenthin, LCSW on KUTV Fresh Living
Monday, March 20, 1 pm
Clair joins KUTV Fresh Living to discuss How To Talk to Grieving Parents. Learn what you should and shouldn’t be saying to parents who have lost a child.
6 Week Hold Me Tight Couples Workshop Davis County
Monday, March 10, 6 pm
Developed by Dr. Sue Johnson, and based on her book “Hold Me Tight: Seven Conversations For A Lifetime Of Love” this couples workshop is based on the most effective and successful couples therapy ever developed. Learn what your spouse really needs from you and how to defeat the cycle of distance between you to create the relationship of your dreams!
Register for our upcoming Hold Me Tight Weekend Workshop on April 25th & 26th!
Julie Hanks, LCSW on Studio 5
Wednesday, March 12, 1 pm
Julie appears on Studio 5 to teach you How to Set Boundaries with Difficult people. Tune in for Julie’s tips on keeping your boundaries with someone who may consistently try pushing them.
Friday, March 7, 5 pm
Designed for school-aged children, this group will provide opportunities to learn how to navigate of social situations and understand what it means to be a friend. Through activities and skill building group members will practice building healthy relationships.
Register your child for the KIDS group!
Julie Hanks, LCSW Speaking at the Women in Leadership Scholarship Conference
Saturday, March 15, 12:30 pm
Julie Hanks will provide the luncheon address to Utah County high school, senior girls sharing with them to celebrate the theme “Your Voice Can Make A Difference.” This is a private event held by Women in Leadership.
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