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ATCC Current Groups

Lego Creations; Social Skills Builder Group

Who? For kids 7 and up who enjoy building and creating

What is this group about? This unique group fosters peer relationships, builds self-esteem and promotes social awareness- through the fun and exciting use of building with Legos!!

Where? Clinton extension office

Facilitator: Keith Murphey ATR-BC, LPC

When? Saturday's open ended @ 11:00 am (8 weeks)

Creation Nation; An Expressive Arts Social Skills Group

Who? For kids 8 and up who enjoy self-exploration through the use of the creative process.

What is this group about? A self directed art therapy group that uses various art making materials as the catalyst to develop creative ability in a group setting while increasing socialization and developing the following skills:

  • Understanding social expectations through art making.
  • Building social skills by interacting with peers in a group setting.
  • Gaining confidence by displaying and discussing creative art projects.
  • Developing problem-solving skills through the use of the creative process.
  • Learning social norms and conventions through sharing during group.

When? Wednesday's May 22nd- July 10th 5:00-6:00pm (8 weeks)

Where? Essex office

Facilitator: Katy England MA, ATR, LPC

Availability: 8-10 openings

Boy Power; Expressive Feelings Group

Who? For boys ages 10-14 years

Where? Clinton extension office

When? Saturdays January 5th 1:00-2:00pm (8-12 weeks)

Facilitator: Keith Murphey ATR-BC, LPC

Available: 8-10 openings

Peer Talk; A Self Directed Processing Group

Who? A co-ed group for ages 13 and up who enjoy sharing challenging experiences and gaining support.

What is this group about? An art therapy group that uses various art materials as the catalyst to develop creative ability in a group setting while increasing socialization, building self-esteem, addressing thoughts and feelings and developing the following skills:

  • Understanding diversity and peer perspectives
  • Processing feelings and emotions
  • Building social skills by interacting with peers in a group setting
  • Gaining perspectives of current events and how they effect us
  • Developing problem-solving skills through discussion and peer support

Where Essex office

When? Fridays January 11th 6:00-7:00pm (8 weeks)

Facilitators: Heather Bushey ATR, LPC

Availability: 6-8 openings

ATCC Past Groups

iPals; A Social Skills Building Group

Who? For kids ages 7 - 12

What is this group about? Interacting with peers while using technology to create art and develop problem-solving skills and confidence.

When? Call for more information

Facilitator: TBD

Availability: 10 openings

Girls Empowerment; An Expressive Arts Group

Who? Girls ages 7 – 11 who enjoy self-exploration through the use of the creative process.

What is this group about? To facilitate self-expression and peer interaction in a safe supportive space.

  • Strengthen self-perception and self-esteem
  • Lean strategies to handle anxiety and pressure.
  • Improve communication and social skills
  • Enjoy having fun making art supportive peer environment

When? call for more information

Facilitator: TBD

Availability: 8-10 openings

Mind Craft; A Self Esteem Building Group for Teens

Who? For teens ages 13 – 18 who are struggling with the emotional symptoms of trauma; including anger, sadness, anxiety, mood swings, and more.

What is this group about? An interactive art therapy group that uses art making and psychoeducation to help teens in developing the following skills:

  • Identifying and becoming able to define their feelings through a check-in and wrap-up exercise each session.
  • Restoring themselves to a state of emotional well-being through the use of creative art making.
  • Building confidence and self-actualization by displaying and discussing creative art projects with peers.
  • Gaining a greater understanding of their own emotional state by sharing with peers in the supportive environment of the group.
  • Developing problem-solving and coping skills through use of the creative arts process.

When? Call for more information

Social Butterflies; A Social Skills Building Group

Who? For kids ages 10 – 15 who struggle with self-expression, have anger issues or may have difficulty interacting with peers. Also for kids on the Autism Spectrum.

What is this group about? An interactive art therapy group that uses art making and psychoeducation to assist children in developing the following skills:

  • Identifying and becoming able to define their feelings through a check-in and wrap-up exercise each session.
  • Understanding social expectations through creative game-play and art making.
  • Building social skills by interacting with peers in a group setting.
  • Gaining confidence by displaying and discussing creative art projects to peers.
  • Developing problem-solving skills through use of the creative arts process.
  • Learning social norms and conventions through sharing and taking turns during group art projects and discussions.

When? Call for more information 

Stronger Together; Parent Support Group

Who? A group for parents who enjoy self-exploration through the creative process.

What is this group about? Providing parent support while making art and exploring materials.

  • Providing a safe space to discuss the wide range of joys, worries,
  • celebrations, and challenges of parenting.
  • Developing problem-solving solutions through the use of the creative process.
  • Providing support and empathy through sharing during art projects and
  • discussions.

When? call for more information

Facilitator: Call for more information

Availability: 6-8 openings

FEELINGS MONSTERS; Feelings Identification Meets Imagination

Who? A group for children ages 8-12 whom enjoy using their hands to make clay creatures.

What is this group about? Children explore different feelings each week through building and painting of clay based products.

*Exploring multiple feelings through both clay and play directives

*Developing better understanding of how thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are connected.

*Utilizing imagination to create different feelings monsters and creatures

Where? Art Therapy & Creative Counseling; 80 Plains Rd. Essex CT.

When? Call for more information

Facilitator: Keith Murphey LPC, ATR-BC

Availability: 10 openings

If you are interested in registering call:

Heather Bushey @ (860) 754-6234

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