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2013 Campers Rave About Our Social Skills and Confidence Camps

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“I surprised myself by the way that I was participating in the group…I am a Confident Girl.”

“It was really good and I learned a lot.  These tips are definitely going to help me out in the real world.”

“I found this camp very helpful.”

Due to popular demand, Katie Overcash, LCSW and Lynne Beck, LPC are please to announce that “Confident Girls Summer Camp” is back in 2014 and now offered on 2 different dates.  If interested in more information about our “Confident Girls” Summer Camp in 2014 please click here.

Look for our ads at Charlotte Parent Online Camp Fair and South Charlotte Weekly.

Social Skills Group for Boys 7-10

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Middle Childhood, ages 6-11,  is an important stage of development.  Boys in this stage start school, gain peer groups, begin to understand others, and establish their abilities that make them unique.  Boys achieve social competence by exhibiting basic interaction, friendship, communication, empathy, and social rules skills.

According to Erikson, children are in the stage of “Industry vs. Inferiority.”  Children develop competence at useful skills and tasks.  If they do not achieve competence, they feel inferior to others which affects his/her self-esteem.

Six to 11 year olds make social comparisons to their peers and also have a strong desire for group belonging.  Children typically have a slight drop in self-esteem due to higher expectations at this stage and the loss of their sunny optimism.

Selman places children at this age group in the “Self-Reflective Perspective Taking” stage where he/she can step into other’s shoes, understand his/her feelings, and comprehend his/her viewpoint if even he/she does not have the same.

Social skills are made up of interaction and communication with others.  Social skills are put to use everyday.  Boosting social skills for children is important at this stage of life because of their increased interactions with others, emergence of self-esteem and surge of social situations they are involved in.  Social skills can increase through coaching, modeling, and reinforcing positive behaviors.  If any of the above competencies are not fully met, boys’ social skills can suffer oftentimes leaving him feeling rejected.

Participation in this group will foster those qualities by touching on topics such as; communication, conflict resolution, taking responsibility, expressing feelings, and more!

Group starts Thursday, September 29th and continues each Thursday (except November 24) for 10 weeks ending December 8. Attendance at each session is required.
 
 
Total cost for the group is $450.  Payments can be split up each week or full payment before group is eligible for a discount.  Ask about a referral discount too!  Medicaid, NC HealthChoice, Tricare and some insurance accepted.  Please contact for more information.
 
Some material in this article from:
Berk, Laura E. Infants, Children, and Adolescents. Boston: Allyn and Bacon, 1999. Print.

Social Skills Group for Boys 11-14

Early adolescence, ages 11-15, is an important stage of development for boys because they are spending more time with peers, developing their unique identity and recognizing strengths.

Adolescents are in Erikson’s stage of “identity vs. identity confusion” where heis looking to attain after exploration and soul searching.  If an individual does not accomplish this in adolescence they are in a state where he does not know how to identify himself.  Adolescents are looking to develop their identity by values, beliefs, and goals he is committed to.

In this stage of development, adolescents often ask “what is the real me?”  They feel social pressures to display different selves around different groups of people.  This also contributes to the enormous weight of peer pressure adolescents feel.  They try on many different hats to find the one that fits just right.

Self-esteem rises in adolescents due to their feelings of pride, self-confidence, and self-worth.  Self-esteem in this stage is based predominately on feedback from peers.  Adolescents have been in school for several years, realize what he excels in, and look toward the future with more of a purpose than middle childhood.

Adolescents gain an enormous amount of autonomy.  Boys separate themselves from the family unit to more of self-governance.  Adolescents rely more on oneself and less on parents for guidance and direction to utilize the decision-making skills he has made.  Since adolescents spend less time with parents, they spend more time with peer groups.

Kohlberg defined adolescent’s moral development in the stage where they maintain approval of friends and family by engaging in good behavior.  Although sometimes rebellious, adolescents do seek approval from others for what they have done.  Selman’s Stages of Perspective Taking puts adolescents in the stage of “Third Party Perspective Taking.”  Adolescents can step outside a two-person situation and imagine how each viewpoint looks from a neutral 3rd party.  This is an improvement from middle childhood where he/she can see other’s viewpoint.  This means adolescents will stand their ground on a particular side of a discussion, but can see how other’s view both sides.

Early adolescence is also characterized by gender intensification where they have increased gender stereotyping of attitudes and behavior.  Boys will engage in “boy type” activities with all boys while girls do “girl type” activities with all girls.  Young adolescents have increased gender identity mainly due to puberty and how differences in looks appears.

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Social skills are made up of interaction and communication with others.  Social skills are put to use everyday.  Increasing social skills for adolescents is important at this stage of life because of their increased interactions with others, emergence of self-esteem and surge of social situations they are involved in.  Social skills can increase through coaching, modeling, and reinforcing positive behaviors.  If any of the above competencies are not fully met, boys’ social skills can suffer oftentimes leaving him feeling rejected.

Participation in this group will foster those qualities by touching on topics such as; communication, conflict resolution, taking responsibility, expressing feelings, and more!

Group starts Tuesday October 4th and continues each Tuesday (except November 22) for 10 weeks ending December 13. Attendance at each session is required.
 
Total cost for the group is $450.  Payments can be split up each week or full payment before group is eligible for a discount.  Ask about a referral discount too!  Medicaid, NC HealthChoice, Tricare and some insurance accepted.  Please contact for more information.
 
Some material in this article from:
Berk, Laura E. Infants, Children, and Adolescents. Boston: Allyn and Bacon, 1999. Print.

Developing Social Skills For Adolescent Boys Group

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Social skills are made up of interaction and communication with others.  Social skills are put to use everyday.  Developing social skills for adolescent boys is important at this stage of life because of their increased interactions with others and emergence of self-esteem.  According to Erikson’s Stages of Life, boys in this stage are looking for their unique identity and direction in life.  Participation in this group will foster those qualities by touching on topics such as; communication, conflict resolution, taking responsibility, expressing feelings, and more!

Please see current flier on my downloads page and contact Katie at katie@katieovercash.com or 704.523.5567 for more information or to reserve a spot.  Space is limited!
Total cost for the group is $500.  Payments can be split up each week or full payment before group is eligible for a discount.  Ask about a referral discount too!