This group is designed for teens whose anxiety, worries or fears are interfering with family life, school, friendships and enjoyment of activities.
Their diagnoses might include: separation anxiety disorder, social anxiety, phobias, and generalized anxiety disorder.
Children must be referred to the clinic, and assessed. At the assessment, a therapist will determine if your child would benefit from this specialized group.
We have just wrapped up our fall 2016 group
Quotes from past participants:
- "I'm not as nervous about walking around town now; I don't think about being afraid of the dark anymore and I was able to get focused on my school work and bring my marks up"
- "The benefits go beyond the classroom. The skills you and your child learn will carry with you for the rest of your life "
- "Nice to know there are other parents out there who are going through the same thing"
- "I speak up for myself now both with teachers and other kids. I'm more confident in school now and more assertive. I don't let people walk all over me anymore. I put more effort into my studies"
- "Never give up; just keep on trying"
- "The commitment seemed overwhelming in the beginning, but the 10 weeks went by quickly."
- "I am able to go in big crowds and have fun now."
- "I thought it was going to be a waste of time.......and it wasn't!!!"
What do families do?
Parents attend an information session about what is expected from parents and kids who participate in the group. Ideally, at least one parent attends group sessions with their child. There are 10 sessions, each lasting about 90 minutes.
Parents meet with one therapist to learn about anxiety, and about how to support their child's treatment. Teens meet with another therapist to learn how to fight their fears. Parents and children will each receive a treatment manual to keep.
There is practice for children and parents to do at home between sessions.
What kind of treatment is used?
The group uses a "cognitive behavioral therapy" approach. We use the "Chilled" programmes, which were developed in Australia, and which are used at the IWK.
If schools are closed in either Lunenburg or Queens counties because of weather or road conditions, the group will also be cancelled.
Participants will fill out questionnaires prior to beginning the treatment programme and again after it ends. Participants cannot miss more than 2 of the 10 sessions. If more than 2 sessions are missed, the child's primary therapist at the clinic will be notified. The child can be re-referred to the group and attend when it's next offered.
How can I refer my child to the clinic?
Call the main clinic # (902) 543-5400.