A CarePlus therapeutic support group for children whose parents are going through a divorce or separation. Participants are provided with specific coping skills and techniques to manage their thoughts and feelings through this transition.
On The Mend was created due to the increased number of parents and families experiencing divorce and separation, which is often accompanied by high levels of stress. In this CarePlus group, we will help reduce children’s stress level within a supportive environment, and strive to help remove them from adult conflict.
The group is open to children in kindergarten through eighth grade, and the skills taught are sensitive to their different developmental stages. They will learn to identify and express feelings, share experiences, enhance positive perceptions of self and family, and increase their capacity to cope with the challenging changes associated with divorce.
Program Goals: Over the 8-week session period, the group will assist participants in:
- Being able to cope more effectively with parental divorce and separation, as well as reduce stress levels.
- Enhancing their long-term adjustment.
- Preventing academic, behavioral, and emotional problems that may accompany family disruption.
- Coping with feelings of loss, anger, self-blame, and the permanency of divorce.
These goals will be met through the use of:
- Role play/scenarios
- Activities – puppet play, books, curriculum board games
- Art activities
5-9 years of age: Thursdays from 5:30pm – 6:30pm in Fair Lawn
3/16/17 – 5/4/17
Contact Gabriella Urato at 201-797-2660 ex 5210 for group information and scheduling.
About the facilitator…
Kristen Lauber, LCSW
Kristen Lauber is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who earned a Master’s degree in Social Work from Fordham University and is a member of the National Association of Social Workers.
Kristen is currently a clinician and clinical supervisor for CarePlus. She has experience working with children in out-of-home placement and their families to assist them in reaching a goal of reunification and obtaining permanency. Kristen has also worked as an outpatient clinician (helping children and adults achieve emotional stability) and as a social worker. She has extensive experience working with children providing psycho-education, skill-building and therapy to assist the youth in achieving success in school and in the community. Kristen looks forward to bringing her experience as a clinician to On The Mend to assist in the difficult adjustment of parental divorce and separation while allowing for a safe place to learn and grow.
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