Catholic Charities’ Summer Groups Serving Area Youth

Fulton, NY – Area youth ages 6 and up have been receiving valuable information regarding pertinent issues that they encounter on a regular basis: anger management, self-esteem, impulse control, bullying, and social skills.

Children’s Mental Health Services Supervisor at Catholic Charities, Gail Cooper said that the first two groups were well attended.

“Our first two groups included discussed anger management and impulse control. Several children and their parents chose to attend, the children enjoyed the interaction with their peers and discovering ways to address these issues when they arise, while the parents and guardians appreciated the opportunity that the groups afforded their children,” she said.

Cooper added that groups addressing other topics will be held later this month as well as in August. Future groups include:

The Bullying Summer Group, for children 8 years and up, will be held in at William J. Farley Community Park, Phoenix from 11 a.m. to noon on July 20 and 27. Instruction will focus on identifying inappropriate statements and actions and the proper way to react to them.

The Social Skills Group, for children 6 years and up, will be held at Mexico Park from 11 a.m. to noon p.m. on Aug. 4 and 11 at the Volney Town Park. Facilitated by Family Support Services counselors, the Social Skills Summer Group will cover topics such as gathering and processing social information, conversations skills, and developing filters and social cues.

The Self-Esteem Summer Group, for girls 10 years and older, will be held at Taft Park in Constantia from 11 a.m. to noon on Aug. 3, 10 and 17 and will be facilitated by Family Support Services counselors. The Self-Esteem Summer Group will cover topics such as: developing a positive self-image, developing self worth, and how to have positive social interactions. The focus of the group will be educational activities and child centered free play that emphasizes the importance of self-esteem.

“All of our Summer Groups are offered free of charge and we encourage parents and guardians of children, ages 6 and up, to take advantage of this opportunity,” added Cooper.

For more information or to register a child to attend, call Cooper at 315-598-3980 ext. 225.