Tell me more about the camp!! Who? Children Age 5-11 (grouped by age and developmental level). 6 children maximum per session. 3:2 adult:child ratio
When and Where? Monday through Friday 9:00am-12:00pm
July 31 - August 11 Nature Area, Tilden Park, Berkeley
How much? Camp: $1200
1 week of camp
Follow up session with parents after camp
Intake Process: $465 Includes: 75-minute assessment and strategizing session with parents only Parenting Tools E-book and introduction to Hand in Hand Parenting and Tools for Sensory Kids 60-minute individualized introduction to camp with child or family play therapy session
*Please inquire about scholarships and sliding scale if cost is prohibitive
Can I use my insurance? I do not accept insurance directly, however I can provide a receipt you can submit to your insurance. You will need to call your insurance directly and give them the following information to see if the camp will be reimbursed:
Daily Structure 9:00am Opening Circle with Music and Movement 9:30am Gross Motor Social Interaction 10:00am: Structured Social Skills Activity 10:30am: Family-style snack 10:45am: Whole Group Social Interaction 11:30am: Closing Circle with Music and Movement
This unique social skills immersion experience allows for all the individualized attention that play groups provide with more time and consistency to dive in.
With a maximum of 6 children, Karen Wolfe, MFT and Nancy Wallin, MFT as the lead facilitators, and two therapeutic professionals assisting we dive deeply into what it means to connect to yourself in order to connect to peers. Set in a supportive and fun outdoor environment, we enjoy movement, play, and an expansive sense of what it means to be a kid and a real friend.
Children learn specific tools to manage:
Dealing with emotions
Taking others' perspectives
Children who participate in this camp experience walk away with new skills and a superhero tool-bag (or rather a cape) from which to draw when challenges arise in the future. We draw from our combined experience of over 37 years in play therapy and training in multiple curriculums that include Michelle Garcia Winner, Dr. Bruce Perry, Dan Siegel, Hand in Hand Parenting, Mindfulness, The Incredible Years, and Music Together to empower the inner super hero of each child to conquer her inner villains to harmonious friendship.
The goal of this camp is not only to provide a fun and positive social learning experience, but to transform beliefs and patterns in how your child interacts with peers.
For more information or to enroll contact Karen Wolfe, MFT or Nancy Wallin, MFT or fill out the form below.
What Parents and Kids are Saying:
My son Adam loved Karen Wolfe's summer program and says it was really fun! He especially liked that it was in a playground, and that it was a small group with lots of attention from Karen and the other teachers. Here are his words: "I think it's good because it encourages children to learn and to be polite in a social community. We read a book about a character called Superflex and his enemies,The Unthinkables, and we also did plays about that book. It was fun."
As a parent, I was so impressed at how, in such a short period, Adam began to apply his new skills both at home and at school. At home, Adam became much more tolerant with his brother. I even slept in for the first time in eight years due to lack of sibling conflict in the morning. This was incredible!
At school " I made many more friends," reports Adam. "Karen is nice, and she doesn't get mad when you do something you're not supposed to. ...."
Karen has structured the ideal environment in which to encourage social and emotional growth in children. She is warm, caring, nonjudgmental, and an expert at supporting kids and parents in navigating the ongoing challenges of growing up. Her program and consultation services are highly recommended.
-Ilana L. and Adam
Our family has been working with Karen for the last couple months in her Lafayette office. I have to say that in all honesty compared to ALL the other interventions/methods we've tried (including meds) I have seen the MOST results come about from my child's sessions with her. She is extraordinarily loving, engaged, and knowledgeable about kids and what makes them tick. She really is a natural in every sense of the word. If you have a child who needs a little extra help navigating through the challenges of childhood then a person like Karen can truly change everything for the better. I don't expect that our issues will be solved immediately but it is very nice to see a light at the end of the tunnel ;-).
What you get with enrollment
15 minute-phone screening to see if the group is a good fit for your child's needs (Free, even if you don't enroll)
Social Skills Intro and Assessment Session in person with your child and Parenting Tools E-Book (The Intro and Assessment Session session serves as an assessment to see if the group is a good fit for your child, to build a safe and caring relationship with us as their play therapists, and to introduce you to a couple social skills games you can use at home or school even if the group isn't a fit). $200 if not enrolled.
Phone follow up to Intro and Assessment Session and confirmation of enrollment in camp
The Full Camp Experience: 15 hours of intensive social skills immersion with a 3:2 adult to child ratio and daily reflection and reinforcement of skills and goals for your child
Follow up session in person or by phone after camp is over
Availability for meetings with your child, his/her teacher, or with you the parents to help generalize skills learned in camp
Get your questions answered and ensure your child gets a spot by scheduling your an initial consultation today!
Bios Karen Wolfe, MA, LMFT is a licensed child and family therapist and the President of the Bay Area Chapter of the Association for Play Therapy. She has had the joy and honor to support children and their families for over 12 years. She offers social skills groups, play therapy and parenting support in San Francisco and Lafayette, CA. She has extensive experience supporting children navigate loss and challenges including Anxiety, ADHD, Autism, Asperger's, Sensory Integration Disorder, Learning Differences, and PDD-NOS.
She is trained in Floortime, Michelle Garcia Winner's Social Thinking Curriculum, Mindfulness, Play Therapy, Hand in Hand Parenting, and Applied Behavior Analysis. She has a Bachelor's degree in Psychology with a specialization in Developmental Disabilities from UCLA and a Master's Degree in Integral Counseling Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies. Karen is passionate about helping children and families experience more happiness, freedom, and ease in their lives.
Nancy Wallin, MA, LMFT, PPSC I am a licensed marriage and family therapist (California License #53175) who has an expertise in trauma informed care and early childhood intervention. I specialize in supporting families and children who want to increase pro social peer interactions, build regulatory abilities, reduce anxiety and difficulty with transitions. Presently, I am a school counselor in the Mount Diablo school district, working with children ages 5-11. From 2008-2015, I was the Program Director and Clinician working with vulnerable 2-5 year olds at Oakland's Therapeutic Nursery School. Before moving to the Bay Area, I founded, owned and ran a school age daycare in Davis, CA from 1995-2009. www.NancyWallinMFT.com
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