S.S.GRIN A (Social Skills Group Intervention for Adolescents) is a social skills and bully prevention program offered for teens ages 13‒16. This group therapy program is designed to improve the social relationships, behavior, and emotional functioning of teens. The goals are to learn and practice key social skills necessary for positive interactions with others, enhance self-esteem, and develop positive character traits. The group setting allows teens to practice coping strategies for dealing with social conflict and improve social problem solving skills.
S.S.GRIN A consists of 12 60-minute group sessions with parents attending four of the 12 sessions.
S.S.GRIN A builds on S.S.GRIN in a number of ways, including a developmentally appropriate curriculum for adolescents ages 13‒16, a more diverse set of social skills, and a varied format of didactic and experiential training during sessions. To most effectively meet the needs of adolescents, S.S.GRIN A extends the skill training for decreasing antisocial and impulsive behavior and more directly addresses social triggers for aggression, such as peer pressure and indirect bullying.
S.S.GRIN A goals:
- Learn and practice key social skills (e.g., anger management, impulse control, etc.)
- Enhance self-esteem and promote positive interests
- Develop positive character traits such as respect, responsibility, perseverance, and motivation
- Master adaptive coping strategies for dealing with social conflict (e.g., teasing, bullying, and peer pressure)
- Build empathy and the ability to see the viewpoint of others
- Decrease conflict with others and improve social problem solving skills
- Develop positive social relationships and decrease relations with antisocial peers