Activity Social Skills Groups For Boys
The Activity Counseling for Boys program focuses on building skills to help boys excel socially, emotionally, and academically. Activity Counseling Groups offered at Pathways Psychology Services use activities, games, and problem-solving initiatives to aid boys in developing resources to overcome various social and coping difficulties. The groups are educational, provide guidance in effective behaviors, and offer an opportunity for boys to get positive feedback from group leaders and members. The groups provide an outlet where boys can try new behaviors and have successful experiences in a safe environment where criticism is discouraged and positive feedback is provided.
The goals of Activity Counseling Groups for Boys include:
To build and develop practical and helpful social and coping skills that will allow for enhanced problem- solving abilities and interpersonal success with others.
To provide exposure and learning opportunities that will carry over into real life experiences.
To impart skills, education, and corrective experiences in an environment that is active, engaging, and fun.
To address unique problems including issues associated with diagnoses of ADHD, Autism/Asperger’s spectrum, social anxiety, social skills deficits, frustration management, and coping with stress.
Focus on positive strength-based life skills potentially useful and applicable to all.
Groups are run outdoors during the spring, summer, and fall at the Pathways Winfield location. During rain or cold weather, groups move to the gym area located within the Pathways facility.
Initiatives and Activities
Activity Counseling Groups utilize activities, discussion, and problem-solving challenges that lead to greater participation and real-life experiences in overcoming challenges and adapting in healthy ways.
These activities include:
Active coping exercises
Group problem-solving activities
Social education games
This experiential approach uses active teaching so that lessons can be integrated, experienced, passed on, and remembered. The games and initiatives allow boys to work together to develop cooperation, improved focus, sportsmanship, and communication skills. Dr. Joe and Co-Leader Mr. Fedele guide and provide feedback to the group as well as individual coaching to help group members achieve personal goals.
Skills for Life
A lesson is provided each week tailored to both individual and group goals. Skill modules are designed to add to the child/adolescent’s tools for effectively and successfully functioning in the world.
Social Skills: starting conversations, making friends, resolving conflicts, coping with losing, making mistakes, and increasing interpersonal attraction.
Attention/Mindfulness: developing the ability to strengthen and focus attention.
Self-talk Skills: the ability to have greater control over thinking while increasing positive thinking and decreasing negative thinking.
Self-Esteem: developing a positive attitude, feeling confident about oneself, and overcoming peer pressure.
Problem-Solving: working with others, making good choices, and setting goals.
Coping: Frustration tolerance, anger management, reducing anxiety, and building self-confidence.
Alternative to Traditional Counseling
The Activity Counseling Groups are an alternative to more traditional counseling engaging boys through activities while emphasizing skill-building and process oriented in-the-moment experiences and feedback. Unlike other traditional sporting activities, the Activity Groups highlight team goals and working together over individual competition.
Elementary through high school age groups offered.
Groups Run Year Round
Groups move to indoor gym facility depending on the weather.
Times Groups Run:
9:00 – 10:00 AM – 6th-8th grade
10:00 – 11:00 AM – High School
11:00 – 12:00 PM – 3rd-5th grade
1:00 – 2:00 PM – 6th-8th grade
2:00 – 3:00 PM – 3rd-5th grade
Group Leaders and Co-Leaders
Dr. Joe Roszkowski
Clinical Psychologist, Group Leader
Dr. Joe created the Activity Social Skills Groups for Boys program in 2004 in an effort to find an alternative way to engage boys more actively in the counseling process. Since beginning with four boys in 2004, the Activity Social Skills Group for Boys program as grown to five separate age groups.
Dr. Joe received his Doctoral and Master’s degree from Roosevelt University in Clinical Psychology and was a member of the adjunct faculty there. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Florida State University in Religion. He provides individual and family therapy, as well as psychological assessment to children and adults.
Zach Simms, LPC
Licensed Professional Counselor
Zach Simms is a Licensed Professional Counselor who has been in the behavioral health field for five years. He received his Master’s degree in Mental Health and Rehabilitation from Illinois Institute of Technology and received his Bachelor’s degree from Roosevelt University. He is currently specializing in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy with an emphasis on individual empowerment. Zach’s clinical experience includes treatment for PTSD, stress, anxiety, depression, anger management and trauma recovery. He has gained experience working with veterans, individuals with dual diagnoses, visual impairment and crisis prevention. His experience also includes vocational counseling with young adults experiencing disabilities. He has worked with clients of all ages from young children to adults.
Zach Meers, LCPC, NCC
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor
Zach Meers is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC). He is also a National Certified Counselor (NCC). He has worked in helping profession for 10 years. Zach received a Masters Degree in Counseling from Northern Illinois University. He received his Bachelors Degree in both Psychology and Philosophy from University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. Zach has over 80 hours of training in behavior analysis. He has also completed over 10 hours of trauma related training.