We all need to be social
Let's be social together. The goal of our online social skills training is to teach communication skills, whether verbal or nonverbal, such as body language, in a supportive and nurturing environment, with the expectation that the skills will be generalized to real-world experiences and relationships.
Online Group Services
Social Skills | Connection | Friendship Groups
Welcome to our online social skills and communication skills programs! We have a long history of providing in-office individual and group services to children, adolescents, and adults who live in Northern Virginia and the metropolitan Washington, DC area. We’ve helped thousands of our clients gain essential life skills to foster success in their lives. This is the reason we’ve decided to take our services online.
Technology now permits us to facilitate group social skills services online using Zoom. It is a widely-used video conferencing platform that is also compliant with HIPAA standards. With our online services, you and your loved ones can participate in our virtual social skills classes from the comfort of your home, office, or maybe even your favorite vacation destination!
Our social skills courses help you to improve your social skills and practice them with virtual groups of people who are also trying to improve themselves. After taking an online course and practicing skills, such as pepper eye contact and asking open ended questions with people who won’t judge you, you should feel more confident in other social situations.
Our groups also have an advantage over basic supports groups in that in addition to forming social connections with fellow group members, you will be learning important social skills. This can improve your mental health and help lower your social anxiety in many everyday interactions.
We’ve been teaching social skills for over two decades. The most important thing we’ve learned is that one’s ability to connect with others is the most important thing for our participants. Our previous members feel that they’re a part of something and they’re getting unconditional acceptance from their peers. Learn these vital skills online to enhance your social skills, your ability to connect with others, and the opportunity to make long-lasting friendships.
The skills you learn during social skills training can be useful for helping you feel more comfortable during social interactions, whether it’s making a phone call to stay connected with an old friend, becoming part of some in-person social groups with people, or participating in online communities.
Practicing your social skills in our online groups could give you the confidence to participate in other social interactions. You could join a group of people with whom you have shared interests or maybe spend some time on social media in Facebook groups. Once you feel more comfortable in social situations, you’ll have many options for expanding your social life, especially now that social distancing is no longer required.
Feeling connected with others can also help facilitate:
Lower rates of anxiety and depression
Greater Empathy for Others
Being Supported and Valued by Those Around You
Success in One's Career
Better Family Relationships
Who is appropriate for our online services?
Anyone who is 8 years old or older can participate, including adults. We have found that online social skills sessions with kids 7 and under are less productive. If your child is 7 or under, we prefer to meet with the parent(s) directly and focus on parenting techniques to enhance your child’s social skills. We also have several clients who are adults and older adults as well.
For younger group members, our participants must have the ability to listen and settle for the duration of the group. Unfortunately, those that are unable to do this become a distraction for the other group members and take away from the group process. Soon we will be starting online groups that focus specifically on listening and settling skills. So, please contact us anyway if your child falls into this category.
How to start our online group program:
To start, click on the Get Signed Up tab and follow the instructions listed there. We definitely want to verify that you or your child would be a solid match for our group program. It is important to know that we always match group members both by age and level of functioning. This is necessary in order to have a positive group experience for all those involved.
We will then set up a time for an initial 30-minute intake appointment with the clinician who is facilitating your or your child’s group. In this Zoom meeting, the clinician will be asking several questions to learn more about the incoming group member’s strengths and areas of needed social growth, discuss and clarify goals/expectations, and answer any questions you may have. If the incoming member is a minor, it is best to have the child and at least one parent/guardian present for this meeting.
It’s time to start the group!
If the group member is a minor, we may also schedule regular “parent meetings” with his or her parent(s). The purpose of a parent meeting is to get updates on how the child is functioning in the “real world,” discuss how the child is doing in the group, share parenting techniques to help reinforce skills taught in the group, and plan goals for future groups.