School Outreach Programs

Bereavement – Peer support groups are conducted in schools in high risk areas for children/teens unable to attend group at our Northfield Center. School support groups provide children/teens with a safe environment in which to explore the many thoughts and feelings associated with grief. Group participation teaches coping skills that helps reduce anxiety, depression, behavioral problems, and substance abuse. Peer support groups encourage children to feel safe about discussing feelings of sadness, fear, anger, and confusion that accompany a loss. Age appropriate activities are provided to assist children in exploring and discussing these thoughts and feelings, when needed. This group meets once a week for 6-8 weeks.

Trauma Program – In-school activity based peer support groups are offered for children and teens who have experienced or witnessed a traumatic event. Group participation teaches coping skills that help reduce anxiety, depression, behavioral problems, and substance abuse. Group participation also helps children/teens to explore and discuss the thoughts and feelings associated with their traumatic experience. This group meets once a week for 6-8 weeks.