DerryNews.com, Derry, New Hampshire

February 22, 2012

CLM youth, teen groups start soon


DERRY — Helping children and teens with behavioral health concerns reach their potential for well-being and success is a primary goal for the Center for Life Management.

CLM's Child, Adolescent and Family services announces the upcoming schedule of psycho-therapeutic and skill-building groups focused on helping children and teens attain that success are starting soon and will be offered throughout the year.

Led by children's clinicians, the groups are geared to specific age groups and will cover a variety of topics. Those topics include anger and conflict management, self-esteem, coping with attention deficit disorder, social skill development and managing impulsive behaviors, substance abuse and making healthy life choices.

"Being part of a therapeutic group can be a profound, powerful and helpful experience for children and teens. Groups can be especially beneficial for kids who are feeling alienated and isolated, or carry around a sense that no one else feels the way they do," said Louise Morin-Davy, CLM Director of Child, Adolescent and Family Services. "In a group, these kids have the opportunity to be heard and also learn to listen to other people, which is a valuable tool gained from group participation."

In the upcoming sessions, group topics being offered include: Emotional Skills Group, for ages 14-18; Social Skills Group to Manage Impulsive Behaviors, for ages 9-11; Anger Management Groups, co-ed group for ages 14-18;

COAST Group, for children of addicts, for ages 10-14; Shooting Stars Group, a social skills group for higher functioning youth with autism, for ages 11-14; Expressive Arts Therapy, co-ed group for teens with mild to moderate depression, anxiety or other adjustment disorders, for ages 14-17.

The Center for Life Management is a nonprofit community mental health organization that last year served more than 5,600 people last year, including 1,600 children and adolescents.

CLM has outpatient offices in Derry, Salem and Hampstead, and provides comprehensive behavioral health services for all ages.

Pre-registration and an intake assessment are required for participation in any of these therapy groups. For more information or to schedule an intake appointment, call 434-1577.

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