a friendship and social skills program for children
Amicus: Latin for "friend"
Amicus Therapy Group is a social skills program which helps children master the art of making and sustaining friendships. We serve 1st thru 8th grade children in the Peninsula and South Bay areas. The children meet once weekly for 10 weeks, in small groups of 3 to 5 children, and are matched by age, gender, and social abilities. Our skill-building, psychoeducational groups are facilitated by experienced licensed therapists.
Research shows that having friends has a significant impact on a child’s overall sense of self-esteem and well-being. Likewise, increasing a child’s competence in socially related skills improves their self-concept. With insight and repetition, children can be taught to read social cues; they can be taught skills to improve their chance of being successful in social interactions. Learning and practicing social skills in a group setting with peers helps children transfer and generalize these skills to the “real world.”
"The 'Friendship Classes' have been wonderful for my child. He is a wonderful friend, but his anxiety and shyness seemed to be holding him back. The 'Friendship Classes' have helped him practice his social skills in a warm and nurturing environment. His confidence has soared and he is more comfortable in a variety of social groups. I would recommend these classes for all ages to give them confidence and fine tune their social skills."
- Mother of a 10-year-old boy