All Kinds of News for March 06, 2019
Clinical groups at the Chamberlain International School rotate through various topics during the year, to include groups focused on different social skills, preparing for transition, understanding the keys to successful independent living, how to utilize coping skills, bullying and prevention. Sometimes the groups are simply about how the students are feeling and creating a safe place to vent. The groups are an integral part to the therapeutic approach of the school. One of the clinical groups running currently is focusing on empathy, compassion and Theory of Mind.
“I presented the topic to the students in my group and It was great hearing the students think about ways in which we can be compassionate and demonstrate acts of kindness,” Nicole Allen, LMHC, Director of Counseling Services, said about her group. Nicole said that this group is great because of the valuable lessons it provides. “By putting ourselves in another person's shoes, it helps us to understand how others think, feel, and perceive things differently than us.” The students came up with some ideas to put their words into action by spreading kindness to others in our school community.
One of the ways the group decided to spread kindness was by setting up a hot chocolate stand in the cafeteria for everyone. The students were happy to report that they dispensed over 100 cups of cocoa! Outside of the school they are participating in "Operation Gratitude" by writing letters and drawing pictures to be sent to our military who are currently overseas. Students spent that particular group session reflecting about how much others do for us and wrote down how special our military is to them. The students ended the month by working on a plan to create toys for the local animal shelter.
About Chamberlain International School
Located in Middleboro, Massachusetts, Chamberlain International School offers a therapeutic residential learning experience for students ranging in age from 11 to 22. Students at Chamberlain International School struggle with a variety of learning disabilities and mental health challenges.