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We all need to be social

Let's be social together. Our goal is to teach these skills in a supportive and nurturing environment, with the expectation that the skills will be generalized to real-world experiences and relationships.

Learn Social Skills Online

Individual Coaching &

Social Skills | Connection | Friendship Groups

Welcome to our online social skills training program! We’ve facilitated individual and group social skill lessons to kids, teens, and adults who mostly live in Washington, DC and Northern Virginia. We’ve helped thousands of our clients improve their life skills. This is the reason we’ve decided to take our services online.

We are now equipped to facilitate individual and group social skills training online using Zoom. It’s a widely-used video conferencing platform that is also compliant with HIPAA standards. With our online service, you and your loved ones can participate in our sessions from the comfort of your home or office – wherever you may be in the world.

The online interpersonal skills training sessions we offer are different from psychotherapy. Our facilitators use what’s called a coaching model to provide lessons to participants about connecting and making acquaintances with their peers. We teach them to listen actively, be assertive in what they want, empathize with others, communicate effectively, and more.

We’ve been teaching social skills for over two decades. The most important thing we’ve learned from it is that one’s connection 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 social skills online with our interpersonal communication class today.

Feeling connected with others can also help facilitate:

Depression

Lower rates of anxiety and depression

Self Esteem

Higher Self-Esteem

Empathy Skill

Greater Empathy for Others

Helping Others

Being Supported and Valued by Those Around You

Success in Career

Success in One's Career

Family Relationships

Better Family Relationships

Who is appropriate for our online coaching program or Telecoaching?

  1. Anyone who is 8 years-old or older, including adults. We have found that coaching sessions with kids 7 and under are less productive. If your child is 7 or under, we prefer to coach 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.

  2. For those interested in group, 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.

About Dr. Haley

Dr. Christopher T. Haley is a licensed clinical psychologist with over two decades of experience. He graduated from the State University of New York (SUNY) Geneseo, got his Master of Arts in Applied Behavior Analysis, and finished medical school at Nova Southeastern University. Dr. Haley also had his residency in SUNY Buffalo hospital.

He has treated patients with a wide range of conditions. But now, his focus is on teaching social skills to adults, adolescents, and children. This is why he owns two private practices: The Social Skills Center and Psychological Life Skills Associates. He also has a third business called “Private Practice Builders,” which helps psychotherapists grow their private practices.

Dr. Haley believes that the most important skills one could learn are social skills, as they’re linked to the highest success in one’s life. He’s been teaching essential social and life skills to people using a unique group format known as “Peer Process Social Skills Group.” He talked about this thoroughly in his book and DVD about the subject.

Apart from providing social skills training, he specializes in individual therapy and family therapy. Dr. Haley has a team of over 18 professional psychologists, social workers, and psychiatrists working in Psychological and Life Skills Associates that help him provide the best care for every client.

How to start our individual coaching program:

  1. Just contact Dr. Haley at 571-285-1403, Ext. 1 or DrHaley@SocialSkillsCenter.com. Dr. Haley will schedule time for a FREE 15-minute telephone consultation to learn about your or your child’s current situation and needs. Options will be discussed and a coaching plan will then be developed for future online appointments.

Costs for our online program

  1. The initial 15-minute phone consultation with Dr. Haley is free. All 50-minute intakes are $175. The 1-2 individual sessions and parent meetings are $150. The cost for each group is $75.

  2. You are required to put your credit card on file with us. Your card will be charged after completion of each session.

  3. Unfortunately, none of our online services are reimbursable by health insurance.

Additional questions? Feel free to contact Dr. Haley at 571-285-1403 Ext. 1 or DrHaley@SocialSkillsCenter.com.

  1. Please contact Dr. Haley at 571-285-1403 Ext. 1 or DrHaley@SocialSkillsCenter.com. Dr. Haley will schedule time for a FREE 15-minute telephone consultation to learn about the potential group member’s specific situation and answer any questions that you may have. 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.

  2. We will then set up a time for an initial 50-minute intake appointment with the coach who is facilitating your or your child’s group. In this Zoom meeting, the coach will be asking several questions to learn more about the incoming group member’s strengths and areas of needed social growth. If the incoming member is a minor it is best to have him/her and at least one parent/guardian present for this meeting.

  3. Your coach will then schedule 1 or 2 individual Zoom sessions with the incoming group member to develop rapport with the individual and ask additional questions to determine which group will be the best match. The coach will review expectations and clarify goals, answer questions, and share the day and time of the group that is the best match.

  4. It’s time to start the group!

  5. If the group member is a minor, we will 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 group, share parenting techniques to help reinforce skills taught in the group, and plan goals for future groups.

Additional questions? Feel free to contact Dr. Haley.

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