Building Connections & Confidence
Groups for Children & Teens
What is group therapy?
Group therapy involves one or two therapists working with a select small group of clients. Groups are often designed to target specific problems such as anxiety, depression, or an eating disorder. Other groups focus on improving social skills, or helping children cope with a range of challenges such as low-self esteem, emotional regulation, shyness or a recent loss.
How effective is group therapy?
Research indicates that group therapy is very effective for children particularly it indicates that adolescents benefit greatly from group therapy. There are many reasons why this is the case. Through group therapy, adolescents can communicate in a way that normalizes these feelings and experiences. They are able to learn about themselves, the impact their behavior has on others, and are able to receive feedback from peers.
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Why did we start connection & confidence groups?
Gavin and Chantel started connection and confidence groups due to a growing demand to support children and teens in learning how to manage emotions, interact with peers, and develop interpersonal/intrapersonal skills outside of individual therapy. Moreover, it is developmentally appropriate for adolescents to prefer feedback from peers than adults, which is another reason adolescents are oftentimes more open to this treatment modality.
What will your teen or child get out of a connection & confidence group?
Your child is an ideal candidate for one of our groups if they are struggling to obtain friendships, manage their emotions, and develop their self-esteem and confidence. Many parents report to us that COVID has had a tremendous impact on their child due to isolation and missed opportunities to connect with other children. Our groups are designed to be non-stigmatizing (hence our group title) and we welcome all suitable candidates to join our groups.
Joining our Groups
What much does it cost?
$60 a session for an 8 session series. The total amount is $480 and due at the start of the group. This is equivalent to two sessions of individual therapy with a child psychologist.
The group will run 8 consecutive weeks for 1.5h each session. The group will be facilitated by two psychologists who specialize in working with children, teens and families. Videos for parents between sessions to share themes and skills that can continue to be supported at home. Text and phone support with one of the psychologists as needed during the 8 weeks. All material used during group will be supplied.
Willow Ridge Community Association
680 Acadia Dr SE, Calgary, AB
How many participants are in each group?
Groups will include between 8-10 co-gender participants
Wednesday evenings from 5:30-6:30 PM for the 8-11 age group, and 6:30-8:00 PM for the 12-16 age group.
Group allotments are mainly based on number of participants. Age is not definitive.
Starting April 7th, 2021.
Can I get this covered by insurance?
Both facilitators are registered psychologists and you would be eligible for health insurance coverage. You must check with your provider to confirm coverage.
Why would I want to consider this group for my child?
Is your child hard on themselves, struggling with tough emotions, afraid to try new things, having a hard time with friendships or thinks others are judging them?
Covid isolation may seem to have made this worse or more noticeable, but likely you noticed it before.
Children need to feel connected in order to feel confident and now is such an important time to foster these two in our youth.
If you want to plant seeds of hope by helping your child learn new skills and grow their self-esteem, The Connections and Confidence group is the place to start.
What type of activities will you be doing?
Both facilitators bring a variety of skills and ideas to the group. We will offer a format that has some discussion, games, activities, art, movement, and reflection time.
What is our COVID protocol?
All participants will be required to wear masks in the facility but in the private room they will be able to decide whether they would like to wear their mask. Santization stations will be available and used before and after group. Participants will be able to freely interact with each other and will maintain a safe distance.
**Updated as of March 23rd 2021**
Currently seeking participants for both Children & Teen Connection Groups
How do you register?
Inform us that you are interested in registering for the group and click the Register Button below. The next start date once the group is full will be Wednesday, April 7. Group 1 will run from 5:30-6:30 pm and group 2 will run from 6:30 - 8:00 pm at the Acadia Recreation Complex. We will be running 2 groups in April; group 1 is for ages 8 - 11 and group 2 is for ages 12 - 16.
Our Clinic Manager will reach out to receive payment for group or you can add your credit card and we can bill your credit5 card. You will receive a receipt that will allow you to have the fee covered by your insurance company, under registered psychologist (your reimbursement amount will depend on your insurance).
Phone: 587 735 1565
Gavin McAtee (R. Psychologist)
Gavin McAtee is a registered psychologist with clinical experience providing therapy and assessment for both children and teens. Gavin strongly believes in the power of the group environment and has worked in groups as a counsellor, coach, and trainer. Gavin blends his down-to-earth personality with best-practice strategies to help children and teens feel comfortable and open to discuss emotions and explore difficult feelings and thoughts.
Chantal Côté (R. Psychologist)
Chantal Côté (she/her) has been working with children, teens and families in non-profit organizations for over 14 years. Chantal is the owner of Pyramid Psychology, a private practice with the goal of showing teen girls how to build bulletproof mindsets and offering non-judgmental help for teens (moms too). Chantal is based out of Calgary and loves hanging out with her tween and kiddo outdoors, working out, playing games or just talking about randomn things. You can find out more about her at her website, www.pyramidpsychology.com.