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Pastoral Institute offering social skills classes for children, teens

The Pastoral Institute's Sarah T. Butler's Children's Center offers a variety of Social Skills Groups for children and adolescents. New groups are forming now for the fall. Experienced therapists, led by Angela M. Sims, teach and help kids learn practical social skills and help build friendships in a fun and relaxed format, according to a media release.

Groups are age-specific and focus on basic social skills according to age and need. All classes are offered at the Pastoral Institute's Counseling Center, 2022 15th Ave.

All or part of the cost for group therapy may be covered by insurance or by a parent's CAP or EAP benefits. Here are the class offerings:Social Skills Class: Elementary ages 6-9 Focus will be on basic social skills such as turn-taking, playing cooperatively, eye contact, conversation skill basics, listening, following directions, self-calming, hygiene, personal space and transitions. Level 1 - TUESDAYS 3:45 - 4:45 p.m. - Aug. 31 for six weeks through Oct. 5 (for first-time students). Level 2 - THURSDAYS 3:45 - 4:45 p.m. Sept. 2 for six weeks through Oct. 7 (for students who have already attended one or more social skills groups at the Pastoral Institute.)

Social Skills Class: Upper Elementary/Middle School ages 10-13 Focus will be on intermediate social skills such as apologizing, teamwork, intermediate conversational skills, following directions, anger management, interrupting appropriately and friendships. Level 3 - TUESDAYS 4:45 - 5:45 p.m. - Aug. 31 for 6 weeks through Oct. 5Social Skills Class: High School and Beyond (ages 16-18)Focus will be on advanced social skills such as apologizing, interacting cooperatively, advanced conversational skills, anger management, conflict resolution, flexibility, sense of humor and friendships. Level 5 - THURSDAYS 4:45 - 5:45 p.m. - starting Sept. 2 for six weeks through Oct. 7. The courses are facilitated by: Angela M. Sims, Developmental Psychologist/ Children's Director Mathew Koshy, Resident in Training Folayan D. Brown, Intern in Training

For all clients, there is a one-time materials fee of $66 (which is not covered by insurance or EAP/CAP) to cover workbooks, snacks and rewards for the children; this will also include a one missed group fee of $30 which will be refunded if no sessions are missed (whether cancelled or no-showed by client).

Any additional group sessions missed are charged $30 per missed session. For new clients, call 706-649-6500, ext. 1201 or 1202 for initial screening appointment with Sims; or for current clients call 706-649-6500, ext. 1251 for Koshy or email mkoshy@pilink.org

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