The Adolescent Social Emotional Management Program

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The Adolescent Social-Emotional Management Program is designed to implement aspects of Mayer and Salovey’s theory of ability emotional intelligence, Goleman’s theory of mixed emotional intelligence, and cognitive behavioral therapy to teach adolescents how to effectively understand and manage their emotions, as well as understand the emotions of others. Additionally, adolescents will learn skills necessary to lead successful lives outside of treatment that include self-awareness, motivation, and responsibility, among many others. Due to the nature of the group, participants will need to be between the ages of 13-18 and reside in the same unit; this is to ensure that group totals range between 10-15 members and contain individuals with similar diagnoses. During each of the program’s eight weeks, adolescents will attend a total of three 50 minute groups that encompass psychoeducation, activities, and worksheets to learn about the different skills needed for improved emotional intelligence and social relationships, both within residential treatment and outside. Further, participants will discuss adolescent development and relate topics to situations that are typical during this age group. Designed to improve emotional intelligence and enhance interpersonal skills, the program aims to teach participants how to perceive, understand, and regulate emotions to aid them in their treatment during their residential stay, as well as improve their interactions with other residents.
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