Spring/ Summer Psychology Social Skills Program at C&FD

Friday, Feb 10, 2017 by Child & Family Development

The next Child and Family DevelopmentSOCIAL SKILLS PROGRAM begins in April 2017. 

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

Curriculum-based materials will be utilized to improve social, emotional, and self-regulatory strategies and skills.  Meetings will include a short lesson and opportunities for practice (e.g., role-playing, activities and games).   Acquisition of skills can lead to reduced stress and anxiety, improved school performance, healthier peer relationships, and better management of emotions and reactions. Parent handouts will be provided regularly that review content and offers suggestions for working on that week’s skill at home. Focus will be on skills including conversational skills, choosing appropriate friends, appropriate use of humor, being flexible, having get-togethers, being a good sport, responding to teasing/ bullying and handling disagreements.

Three psychology team members led this program:

  • Trisha Dyer, LPC/A
  • Gretchen Hunter, PhD
  • Ashley Kies, PhD LPA NCSP

Click here for printable info page.

OFFERINGS

MIDTOWN OFFICE     Dates: Tuesday 4/18, 4/25, 5/2, 5/9, 5/16, 5/23, 5/30, 6/6, 6/13, 6/20

  • Boys (8-9), 4:15-5
  • Girls (10-12), 5:15-6

PINEVILLE OFFICE     Dates: Thursday 4/20, 4/27, 5/4, 5/11, 5/18, 5/25, 6/1, 6/8, 6/15, 6/22

  • Boys (8-9), 4:15-5
  • Boys (10-12), 4:30-5:15
  • Boys (13-15), 5:15-6
  • Girls (7-9), 5:15-6

All weekly meetings are approximately 45 minutes and meet weekly for 10 weeks per session.

Additional programs, including for other ages and other difficulties, may be offered as interest exists.

COST

Programs are offered in 10 session bundles. Full payment of $500.00 is required at the time of enrollment.  These sessions are not billable to insurance and are non-refundable.

Unexpected provider-canceled sessions will be rescheduled to a designated make-up date and offered at no additional cost.

To ensure optimal placement, a diagnostic interview is required before enrolling to review presenting concerns and medical history. This service may be billable to insurance.  Most of our psychologists are in-network with Aetna and BCBS.  

Weekly attendance is strongly encouraged to build continuity of skills. Attendees make more progress with consistent attendance to review and practice skills.

CONTACT

Gretchen Hunter, PhD, 704-940-0626, ghunter@childandfamilydevelopment.com

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Psychology Social Skills Program at Child and Family Development

Thursday, Dec 29, 2016 by Child & Family Development

Child and Family DevelopmentSOCIAL SKILLS PROGRAM begins in January 2017. 

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION  Curriculum-based materials will be utilized to improve social, emotional, and self-regulation strategies and skills.  Meetings will include a short lesson and opportunities for practice (e.g., role-playing, activities and games).   Acquisition of skills can lead to reduced stress and anxiety, improved school performance, healthier peer relationships, and better management of emotions and reactions. Parent handouts will be provided regularly that review content and offers suggestions for working on that week’s skill at home. Focus will be on skills including conversational skills, choosing appropriate friends, appropriate use of humor, being flexible, having get-togethers, being a good sport, responding to teasing/ bullying and handling disagreements.

The C&FD psychology team leads this program. 

Click here for printable info page.

OFFERINGS

Midtown Office: 2017 1st Session Dates (1/3, 1/10, 1/17, 1/24, 2/7, 2/21, 2/28, 3/7, 3/14, 3/21) 

  • Boys 7-9, Midtown, Tuesdays 5:15
  • Boys 7-9, Midtown, Tuesdays 4:15

Pineville Office: 2017 1st Session Dates (1/5, 1/12, 1/19, 1/26, 2/2, 2/9, 2/16, 2/23, 3/2, 3/9)

  • Boys 7-9, Pineville, Thursdays 4:15
  • Boys 10-12, Pineville, Thursdays 4:30
  • Boys 13-15, Pineville, Thursdays 5:15
  • Girls 7-9, Pineville, Thursdays 5:15

All weekly meetings are approximately 45 minutes and meet weekly for 10 weeks per session.

Additional programs, including for other ages and other difficulties, may be offered as interest exists.

COST

Programs are offered in 10 session bundles. Full payment of $500.00 is required at the time of enrollment.  These sessions are not billable to insurance and are non-refundable.

Unexpected provider-canceled sessions will be rescheduled to a designated make-up date and offered at no additional cost.

To ensure optimal placement, a diagnostic interview is required before enrolling to review presenting concerns and medical history. This service may be billable to insurance.  Most of our psychologists are in-network with Aetna and BCBS.  

Weekly attendance is strongly encouraged to build continuity of skills. Attendees make more progress with consistent attendance to review and practice skills.

CONTACT

Gretchen Hunter, PhD

704-940-0626

ghunter@childandfamilydevelopment.com

 

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Topics: Gretchen Hunter, C&FD Psychological Services, Shavonda Bean, Ashley Kies, Trisha Dyer

Ashley Kies attends seminar about autism and behavior management 

Monday, Nov 14, 2016 by Child & Family Development

Ashley Costner Kies PhD LPA NCSP, psychologist at Child and Family Development- Midtown, attended an informative seminar offered by the Autism Society of North Carolina this month called "Managing Frustration and Anxiety and Teaching Social Skills with Jed Baker".

While the seminar was designed for parents and teachers, Dr. Kies enjoyed Jed Baker's suggestions and plans to will apply the information to her work with young students, especially those with autism spectrum disorder. She especially liked the parent-friendly language. She also purchased and will recommend his book titled No More Meltdowns: Positive Strategies for Managing and Preventing Out-Of-Control Behavior. The book offers an easy-to-follow, 4-step model that will improve your everyday relationships with the children in your life:

  • Managing your own expectations
  • Learning strategies to calm a meltdown in the moment
  • Understanding why a meltdown occurs
  • Creating plans to prevent future meltdowns
Jed Baker has several other helpful books that are available on his website, Future Horizons and Amazon.   
 
Four C&FD psychologists offer ASD evaluations and support services.  Learn more here

 

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Topics: C&FD Psychological Services, Ashley Kies

Psychology Group for ID & DD preteens/teens: Healthy Bodies and Relationships

Wednesday, Sep 28, 2016 by Child & Family Development

Objective  The Healthy Bodies and Relationships group is led by Ashley Kies, Ph.D., LPA and other members of the Child and Family Development psychology team.  This group is designed to be an introductory course that explores a range of topics including:

  • anatomy
  • hygiene
  • body safety
  • social skills

Ideal participants are those who have an existing diagnosis of an intellectual disability or a developmental disability (e.g., autism spectrum disorder, Down syndrome, mitochondrial disease) with lower cognitive ability and a developmental age of at least 8 years old. Participants must be able to:

  • attend to verbally-based instruction
  • engage in group discussions
  • share about his/her own experiences

Dr. Kies introduces topics and guides participants through hands-on activities. Resources and materials are shared with parents to continue practice and teaching between sessions and in the future.

Schedule  Our current group is:

  • For males and females, ages 11-18
  • On Thursdays, 5:15-6pm
  • At the Pineville office

As interest exists, groups may be expanded to include people of other ages and skill levels.

Cost  Families may pay privately ($75) per session or use insurance benefits, if available.

Contact  For more information, call our office (704-541-9080) or the lead psychologist, Ashley Kies, Ph.D. (704-372-9652) 

Click HERE for an information page. 

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Topics: C&FD Psychological Services, Ashley Kies

Social Skills & Coping for girls with anxiety: WOW Group

Monday, Sep 19, 2016 by Child & Family Development

Winning Over Your Worries (the WOW group) is designed to be an inspiring way for girls to get support and insight from others who also live with anxiety.

The WOW group is led by Ashley Kies, Ph.D., LPA and other members of the Child and Family Development psychology team.

Dr. Kies leads discussions, introduces positive coping skills and coaches participants on how to apply the skills in social situations. Girls learn about negative thinking patterns and how they impact mood. Instead of accepting those anxious thoughts as true, girls learn to identify and challenge those thoughts.

Group activities and discussions encourage everyone to generate more realistic versions of situations and help everyone develop coping skills to manage anxiety. Sessions also include group discussions, relaxation training, guided imagery, and mindfulness activities. Resources about anxiety and these new skills are shared with parents.

This experience may be an adjunct to individual therapy and can be extremely valuable in helping your child/adolescent feel understood and less alone. Each girl participates in group discussions and has the opportunity to share her experiences and get feedback from others. With the support of the group, she is encouraged to face her fears and win over her worries!

SCHEDULE Our current group is:

  • For girls, ages 9-12
  • On Tuesdays, 5:15-6pm
  • At the Midtown office

COST

Families may pay privately ($75) per session or use insurance benefits, if available.

CONTACT

For more information about the WOW group, please contact our office or the lead therapist, Ashley Kies, Ph.D. AT 704-372-9652 ext. 137

Additional groups may be offered for other ages and other difficulties. Please contact our Midtown or Pineville office to share your interest.

Click here for an information page. 

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Topics: C&FD Psychological Services, Ashley Kies

Fall 2016 Psychology Social Skills Groups at Child and Family Development

Friday, Aug 19, 2016 by Child & Family Development

SOCIAL SKILLS GROUPS will continue this fall at Child and Family Development. The groups are led by psychologists, particularly: 

  • Shavonda Bean LPA
  • Gretchen Hunter PhD
  • Ashley Costner Kies LPA PhD

OBJECTIVE:  To promote social confidence and executive skill building

DESCRIPTION: A curriculum is utilized to improve social, emotional and self-regulation strategies and skills. These skills include improved focus, concentration, and academic performance, reducing stress and anxiety, handling peer-to-peer conflicts, managing emotions and reactions, and developing greater empathy toward others.

Current groups:

Boys   7-9 years old    Midtown office    Tuesday at 5:15
Boys 7-9 years old    Pineville office    Thursday at 4:15
Girls 10-13 years old    Pineville office    Wednesday at 4:15
Boys 10-13 years old    Pineville office    Thursday at 4:15
Boys 13-15 years old    Pineville office    Thursday at 5:15

All groups are approximately 45 minutes.

Additional groups, including for other ages and other difficulties, may be offered as interest exists.

People may join at anytime, as sessions are ongoing.  

COST: A family may pay privately ($75) or use insurance benefits, if available.           

MORE INFORMATION:  

Call our offices for additional information about scheduling and group openings. 

Gretchen Hunter PhD, 704-940-0626, ghunter@childandfamilydevelopment.com 

Click here for an information page. 

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Topics: Gretchen Hunter, C&FD Psychological Services, Shavonda Bean, Ashley Kies

Child and Family Development welcomes psychologist, Ashley Costner Kies

Thursday, Aug 4, 2016 by Child & Family Development

Ashley Costner Kies PhD, LPA, NCSP, joined the Child and Family Development team this week.    

Dr. Kies is a licensed psychological associate with experience with autism and developmental disabilities.  She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of North Carolina, a Specialist Certification in School Psychology from Western Carolina University and a Doctorate in School Psychology from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  For the past two years, she has been working extensively with the Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities and the TEACCH Autism Program.   

She works at the Midtown office.

Welcome Dr. Kies!  

Read more about our psychology services here.        

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Topics: C&FD Psychological Services, Ashley Kies

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