Kids Group Program – The Gap, Brisbane
Displays of behaviour that seem out of character or extreme very often stem from intense feelings or emotions. We might not even be aware of these emotions, and if asked, we might feel unable to answer the question, “What are you feeling?” But if we do not understand our emotions, we will find it difficult to regulate them. In this program, we will help children to unpack their emotional experiences by together answering some useful questions such as:
Dates & Schedule
We are currently not accepting new group members as our Saturday sessions are full. Please feel free to express your interest and we will notify you when more groups become available.
What are Emotions?
- How do emotions manifest in our body?
- What triggers our emotional responses?
- How do emotions and thoughts interact?
- How do we regulate our thoughts, emotions, and behaviours?
Our Emotion Regulation program is based on the evidence-based, well-researched Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Model (CBT), creatively designed by Dr Amelia Shay, and during her work at the University of Cambridge, collaboratively with Cambridge researchers who have more then 20 years of research experiences.
If you are looking for a program to help enhance your child’s social learning, executive functioning, and/or emotional regulation this program is a good start.
You are not alone, and there is help!
If you have noticed your children struggling to regulate their emotions, you are not alone. This area has been widely researched across the world due to its universal presentation, and because of the benefits that children and adults can gain from learning skills to regulate their emotions and behaviours. This is a life long journey, and not a quick fix.
CBT focuses on how our emotions, thoughts, and behaviours interact. This is very important when developing our ability to regulate, as it helps us to slow down and think about what has happened, what we are thinking and feeling, and how we should respond. These are not things we naturally do when we feel big emotions.
Is my child the right fit?
You will need to book an intake with a clinician prior to be considered for groups. This is to review developmental history, challenges, and strengths of your child to ensure clinicians can use their therapeutic expertise effectively. During this process, the clinician can discuss goals with parents and meet the child, to assess whether groups are an appropriate fit.
These groups have been most useful for children between 7 and 11; we do run ad hoc groups for teens which are structured differently, however for children under 7, work should be done with higher collaboration with parents and individual or parent sessions are better supported by evidence.
Neurodivergent and neurotypical children are welcome, though intakes are vital to assess sensory needs and whether groups are appropriate for these needs.
Weekly Agenda & Learning Topics
- Week 1: Introduction to the group. What are emotions? (Parent and child session)
- Week 2-3: Understanding triggers, emotions, bodily changes, and reactions. Emotional literacy – what is the range of our emotions?
- Week 4-5: CBT basics: Identifying emotions and thoughts.
- Week 6: Parent session
- Weeks 8-9: Creating a toolbox to use.
- Week 10: Recap and saying goodbye. (Parent and child session)
Clinicians: Danielle Collins & Tayler Weiler (may vary).
- $100 per session or $150 under NDIS support (must enrol in whole semester).
- Full payment is required at the latest two weeks before starting the group.
- Medicare rebates are not available.