Social Anxiety Groups
Young people who struggle with social anxiety experience intense discomfort in social settings. To ease their anxiety they often begin avoiding social situations, which unfortunately makes their anxiety worse. While individual treatment teaches children and adolescents strategies for how to tolerate social situations without avoiding them, there is growing evidence that practicing and refining these skills is more effective when done in group formats.
Social Anxiety Groups at the Child Mind Institute teach children and adolescents coping skills to help them manage their anxiety as they practice facing their social fears in a group setting. Groups are designed to help participants develop skills and confidence in a supportive environment through group activities that gradually allow them to face their fears, and give them the opportunity to foster friendships.
Our Social Anxiety Groups are appropriate for children and adolescents who:
- Feel scared or uncomfortable in social situations
- Are afraid of embarrassing themselves in social situations
- Avoid going to places or doing activities that involve socializing
We meet individually with each participant prior to the start of the group to determine if he or she is the right fit for our group and to identify specific areas of concern. In addition to group-focused activities, we are able to provide individual intervention tailored to the specific needs of each child. For example, if your child struggles to place an order over the phone, one of our therapists may work with him individually until he is able to call and order pizza for the group. Areas that we have targeted in the past include the following:
- Answering questions in class
- Asking for help
- Working or playing in a group
- Starting or joining in on a conversation
- Going to meetings
- Answering or talking on the telephone
- Inviting a friend to get together
- Attending a party
- Playing common party games
- Ordering at a restaurant
- Giving a presentation
- Debating an issue
Social Anxiety Groups Schedule
We offer two concurrent groups: one for children ages 9 through 13 and one for adolescents ages 13 through 18. Our clinicians will work with you to ensure that your child is assigned to the right group.
We offer groups for college-aged students over the summer and during school breaks. Please contact us if you are interested in a program for young adults and college-aged students.
Fall/Winter 10-week program
Every Thursday, starting October 11th, 2018, through December 20th, 2018, from 5:00 to 6:30pm. A parent session will be held via webinar at the halfway point of the group.
Spring 10-week program
Every Thursday, starting April 5th, 2019 through June 7th, 2019, from 5:00 to 6:30pm. A parent session will be held via webinar at the halfway point of the group.
June program: A three-day program to prepare for summer plans will be held Wednesday June 27th through Friday June 29th, from 10:00am to 2:00pm.
August program: A three-day program to prepare for school will be held Monday August 20th through Wednesday August 22nd, from 10:00am to 2:00pm.
101 East 56th Street in New York City
Children, adolescents and young adults who need help overcoming social anxiety.
Ten-week programs are $1900 and summer, 3-day programs are $1500.
To ensure appropriate fit, we will conduct a one-hour assessment billed at the clinician’s hourly rate. The assessment fee is waived if the child has participated in a previous group.
If a child cannot attend and we are notified at least 30 days prior to the start date of the program we will issue a refund, excluding a $300 non-refundable deposit for administrative fees. At the time of registration full payment is required to reserve a space. If less than 30 days notification is given, no refund will be provided.
How to apply
Please call us at (212) 308-3118 or request an appointment online and specify that you are interested in our Social Anxiety Groups.