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Melissa C. Bozesky, MA, LPC


Licensed Professional Counselor

School Psych Examiner

Social Motivational Groups 

Create a group experience where the child learns “how” to belong in a group by practicing related social skills through actual membership in a group.

Activity oriented group process.
Therapeutic approach to teach age appropriate social skills
Success model used to build self-esteem and self confidence.
Individual goals are set for each group member at the initial appointment.
Graduation marks the completion if group services; and is based on a consensus of the group leaders, child and the parents.
Groups are ongoing, so children can join anytime.

Format for Group
Initial meeting with prospective group member and parents.
One hour weekly group meetings after school or early evenings.
Two highly trained and experienced Therapists in each group. 
Group size:  3-7 members
Heterogeneous groupings of children by temperament, age and social skill .
Same sex groups (except young adult groups)
Regular contact with the school and parents.
Classroom observations, school and/or parent meetings as needed.
Pre-School Groups

Early intervention and support in the areas of play, and social language.  Facilitates development and strengthens the skills that are the foundation for later success in academic and social settings.

For children ages 3-5 years of age, the group size is 3-5 children with 2 therapists.
Groups meet weekly for one hour and are ongoing, so children can join at anytime.
Individually established goals for each child.
Contact with the school or other professionals with parent permission.
Parent Support.

Social Play and Group Activity
Work from concrete parallel play with objects to pretend/scenario collaborative play.
Encourage the development of social language in an interactive conversation.
Focus on the appropriate us of the language in a social setting to express wants, preferences and dislikes while playing with peers.
Orient to and follow the structure of an organized game, accepting rules and modulating competitive desires for winning.
Orient to “belonging” as a member of a group with focus on learning the names of peers and learning how to express friendship verbally.
Social coaching and teaching occurs within the context of the group activity.
Special attention is given to conflict resolution skills.
Psycho-Educational Evaluations

A battery of tests to determine a child’s learning style, strengths and weaknesses.
Testing will determine the child’s cognitive abilities and skills in the achievement area.
The tests will determine a diagnosis of a learning disability, ADHD, or giftedness.
The full evaluation consists of 4 hours of testing, a final conference with the parents, an overview of strengths and challenges with the child and a comprehensive report.
Follow up school meeting to discuss results as needed.

Tutoring/Academic Coaching
Promote the use of learning strategies to foster school success.
Academic Coaching empowers the student to become independent as well as organized.
Executive Function Skills are taught and strategies are given to help with study skills and organizational challenges.
The goal is for the student to learn the tools and strategies to help them become more independent.

Individual and Family Therapy

School Consultations
Help with classroom group dynamics.
Individual Student Assessment
Teacher Parent Workshops.
Carol Riegler Boshart, MSW, LCSW
Carol Breitweiser, BA
Ann Kleitsch, MEd
Katie Placke, MA
Lisa Ross, MSW, LCSW
Nelson Taylor III, MA, LPC
Lindsay Weiss, MA
Alan Zarkowsky, MEd