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Growth Through Groups

The following groups may be of interest to you or someone you know. An initial assessment is required by calling Dr. Michael Athans at (847) 823-4444. Exact dates and times will be discussed at that time. Groups are facilitated by one or more doctoral psychology staff. Register early, as each group has limited capacity.

Pre-School/Kindergarten Group

A small number of children learning appropriate social interaction, including sharing, communication skills, how to get along, etc.


1st and 2nd Grade Social Skills

A social skills group for youngsters learning the developmental tasks such as communicating feelings and needs, making friends appropriately, building self-esteem, and learning to cope with frustration/anger.


Encopretic Group

For kids and their parents (meeting separately, at the same date and time) to explore the frustrations with toilet training and learning the developmental issues about caring for self, seeking support from peers, etc. Parents will find they are not alone in learning how to respond to their kid’s needs. Kids, too, find that they are not alone in experiencing these frustrations.


3rd, 4th, and 5th Grade Social Skills Group

A socialization and support group for nine- and ten-year-old boys and girls in fourth and fifth grade. Topics may include, but are not limited to the developmental issues related to growing up, peer relationships, study skills, inattention, how to communicate and express feelings more appropriately, etc.


Chronic Illness Support Group

For teenagers learning to cope with chronic illness, especially how to care for self, pain management, feelings regarding the illness, self-esteem, support, etc. Irritable Bowel Disease, including Ulcerative Colitis, Crohn’s Disease, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, and abdominal pain are common illnesses which bring these adolescents together.


Middle School Boy’s Group

For grades 6, 7, and 8. A socialization skills and support group for boys of this age group to explore how to get along and make friends, share feelings, and better cope with frustration. Topics may include, but are not limited to bullying, anger management, peer pressure, expectations, academic performance, identity issues, self-esteem, parental divorce, etc.


Girl’s Group

The group allows girls to share their thoughts and feelings on issues that are unique to female development. Common group themes include body image, rumors, family relationships, relationships with other females, dating, etc.


Senior High School Co-Educational Group

Boys and girls in grades 9–12 will meet weekly to explore relationship issues, peer pressure, expectations and achievement, identity issues, difficulty with parental authority, plans for the future, etc. Individuals learn to identify their anger triggers and learn to respond in assertive and appropriate ways.


Senior High School Social Skills Group

A small group interaction of high school kids learning appropriate ways to communicate, including learning social cues; knowing appropriate ways to respond to others, including bullies; etc. Learning ways to express feelings, especially anger, frustration, etc. are part of this group experience.


Parenting Group

A combination of didactic and support group for parents with questions and concerns about childhood development, child discipline, the strong-willed or acting-out child, management of children’s homework, limit setting, sibling rivalry, effective communication with kids, co-parenting issues, and more. Time limit is 6 weeks.


Women’s Support Group

An educational and supportive therapy group. Healing strategies focus on identifying emotional, behavioral, relationship, family, and lifestyle issues that promote positive mood and a healthy sense of self.

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