Social Skills Group Training for Teens
If you find that your child has problems starting and maintaining conversations and empathizing with others, one of our many groups for social skills training may help them improve. We offer in-person training in our Oakton, Woodbridge, and Fredricksburg, VA locations. We also provide online coaching classes worldwide using the Zoom video conference platform.
Each of our coaches is guided by Dr. Christopher Haley, a licensed clinical psychologist with over two decades of experience in improving the social skills of children, teens, and adults.
Our social skills classes have a wide range of benefits for teenagers. Here’s what you need to know about our work.
Benefits of Group Social Skills Training
With our many groups for social skills classes it will help develop the following in adolescents:
We understand how difficult it can be to interact with your peers, especially as a teenager. Our coaches use proven techniques to help your child develop the way they start and maintain their conversations. They also help your teen read the reactions, body language, and perspectives of others.
A Sense of Belonging
We put in the necessary time and effort to match every client with a group that fits their personality. Our team ensures a safe space for your teen, where their peers understand and accept their feelings and emotions unconditionally.
At The Social Skills Center, our coaches and group members always encourage each other to use the social skills they learned in real life, whether at home, in school, or with friends. We always want to make sure that your teen is confident in their ability to talk and make friends with others.
Our Service Process
Enrolling your teen in one of our social skills groups only takes a few steps. Here’s how it works.
1. Initial Consultation
We provide free telephone consultations with Dr. Haley himself. All you need to do is send us an email or call one of our locations to schedule one. During the consultation, we’ll ask you about your teen’s current mental health situation and the problems they may encounter during social situations. We’ll also entertain questions about our coaching methods. Teens are put into a group based on level of functioning and age group.
2. Intake Appointment
Once you understand and agree with our methods and terms, we’ll move on to the intake appointment. This involves our coaches talking to your teen and assessing possible areas of improvement in their social skills. This may take about an hour, and you are encouraged to be present in this meeting.
3. Individual Coaching
This involves two one-on-one coaching sessions, helping us match your teen’s personality and goals to the best group. Individual sessions allow our coaches to build rapport with your kid and clarify expectations and goals for their program.
4. Group Coaching
These are the regular social skills training sessions your teen takes with their peers. They’ll be coached to improve all their social skills. We may also ask for regular parent meetings to get updates on how your teen is using what they’ve learned in the real world and provide helpful parenting techniques.