Therapeutic Groups and Social Skills

 

New groups starting in January!

AOWL Therapy Services offers individual and group services for individuals. Our focus is to provide each individual an opportunity to participate in unique experiences for personal growth and wellness. Our dedicated team has developed therapeutic groups to address the needs of our community. Groups will rotate on an 8-week offering and will target areas to increase the skill development of each individual, while offering connection and support.

All groups are led by Sunni Myers, a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor with 4 years of clinic experience and expertise in mental health counseling adults and children, depression, anxiety, addiction, trauma, Autism Spectrum Disorder and other related learning difficulties.

**We are pleased to announce that our Therapeutic Groups are now covered by most major insurance providers.

See upcoming offerings by clicking on each icon below. Contact Karla Przybylski, Clinic Manager, at 952-737-6933 or therapyservices@aowl.org with questions or to register.  Registration ends Jan. 6, 2021.


  • Virtual Friendship Group

    Virtual Friendship Group

    Do you feel unable to connect with others? Do you often feel isolated and alone? Has the pandemic made these feelings worse? In this group, you will virtually connect with peers at a time when social distancing makes peer connections especially difficult. Educational activities are tailored to the needs of each group and will help you refine your understanding of internet safety, explore how to be a good friend online, and improve your small talk skills. This group is focused on increasing virtual skills while connecting with others. This group is 100% online.

    • Who can join? Ages 15-19
    • Dates: Each Thursday beginning Jan. 21, 2021
    • Time: 5:30pm - 6:30pm
  • Social Skills Groups

    Foundational Social Skills Group (Kids and Teens)

    All social situations require some degree of communication, but it can be difficult to understand the unspoken norms governing social interactions. This group is for teens who want to improve their social skills. Topics will include: why it is important to pay attention to others, anticipating what others are thinking, learning to draw conclusions based on other people’s behavior, and how to detect other people’s motives. The strategies learned in this course are designed to extend beyond the group so that group members can practice in real world situations. This group meets in person, following AOWL’s COVID-19 safety procedures. Participants have the option of joining virtually with prior approval.

    • Who can join? (2) groups available. One for Ages 7-12. One for Ages 13-16

    Ages 7-12

    • Dates: Each Tuesday beginning Jan. 19, 2021
    • Time: 3:30pm - 4:30pm

    Ages 13-16

    • Dates: Each Wednesday beginning Jan. 20, 2021
    • Time: 3:30pm - 4:30pm
  • Beyond the Spectrum Group

    Beyond the Spectrum Group

    What is it like to live with Autism Spectrum Disorder? Although you live it everyday, it can be difficult to understand and even harder to put into words. This group will help you identify your individual strengths as you work toward achieving your own personal development goals. You will develop a variety of life skills including: self-advocacy, self-management, developing community, dating, and personal wellness. At the end of this group, you will better understand your experience living with ASD and be better equipped to meet life’s challenges. This group meets in person, following AOWL’s COVID-19 safety procedures. Participants have the option of joining virtually with prior approval.

    • Who can join? Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Ages 17+
    • Dates: Each Friday beginning  Jan. 22, 2021
    • Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm