Mon, Feb 22 | Online Event

Leading Social Skills Groups with At-Risk Youth and Families (in person or virtual)

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Leading Social Skills Groups with At-Risk Youth and Families (in person or virtual)

Time & Location

Feb 22, 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Online Event

About the Event

Christine Highet

Training Description

Training will address the following guiding questions for participants: How do we connect with ourselves? With others? With our students? Training will provide best practices and processes for leading social skills groups with students who are at high risk for system involvement or expulsion, as well as students who are already part of child welfare or juvenile justice systems. And finally, what are key strategies and ideas for doing this all online?

Learning Objective

  • Illustrate 3 examples of positive relationships and connections with at-risk youth and families
  • List key steps needed to lead a social skills group with at-risk youth: before, during, and after
  • Identify 3 specific strategies for leading social skills groups online with at-risk youth


12:00pm - 12:10pm  Introductions

12:10pm - 12:15pm Guiding Questions

12:15pm - 12:30pm  “I am and I am” Activity

12:30pm - 12:45pm Building Connections

12:45pm -1:15pm Social Skills Groups (Getting started; Before; During; After)

1:15pm - 1:30pm Leading Groups Online

1:30pm - 1:45pm Challenges

1:45pm - 2:00pm Evaluation and Closing

Meet Our Trainer

Chrissy Highet (LCSW/PPSC) is a school social worker at Manzanita Community School in OUSD. She came to this role after working in elementary and middle school education for ten years, as a Spanish immersion teacher and then as a Clinical Intervention Specialist with Seneca Family of Agencies. Chrissy has led trainings for staff and families on a large range of subjects including trauma informed education, restorative justice, self care, coordination of student services, crisis response, and family and student engagement. She is originally from the east coast and currently lives in the Bay with her husband and her therapy dog, Revi, who also works at MCS.

This course meets the qualifications for (2.00) BBS CEUs for LCSWs and MFTs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences & is provided by Fred Finch Youth Center, CAMFT Provider #045295.

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