Groups for Kids & Teens

Helping kids and teens grow more resilient.

Depression. Social anxiety. Peer conflict. Kids and teens deal with a lot these days.

Group programs at The Brookline Center help young people overcome challenges so they can enjoy fuller lives and experience brighter futures. Led by experienced clinicians, each group addresses a specific need or age group. Some groups feature discussion, others focus on play. All provide a safe environment where children and teens can express their concerns and develop life-enhancing skills.

Groups we offer

Our group offerings for kids and teens vary each year based on the needs of the community. Current groups include:

  • 2nd and 3rd grade boys: increase social skills and build relationships
  • 4th and 5th grade boys: increase communication and social skills
  • 5th and 6th grade boys: build connections and friendships, sometimes in the face of anxiety, impulsivity, and/or mood dysregulation
  • 6th grade boys: develop social pragmatics for kids with high-functioning autism spectrum disorder diagnoses
  • 6th and 7th grade boys: manage attention/impulsivity issues and develop social skills to increase frustration tolerance and negotiate conflict
  • 7th and 8th grade boys: manage emotions, tolerate frustrations, and communicate effectively
  • 9th-11th grade boys: develop interpersonal skills in a social group for kids on the autism spectrum
  • 10th-12th grade boys: manage the stresses of high school life

  • 2nd and 3rd grade girls: develop friendships and manage feelings, fears, and frustrations
  • 4th and 5th grade girls: build friendships and self-esteem while managing worries
  • 5th and 6th grade girls: improve peer interactions and increase self-esteem
  • 6th-8th grade girls: use art to explore and understand emotions, relationships, and identity
  • 9th-12th grade girls: learn mind-body wellness techniques to manage stress, increase connections, and build self-compassion
  • 15-19-year-old girls: apply DBT principles of emotion regulation to increase coping skills

New groups are created when there is enough interest, so please contact us if you do not see what you are looking for.


While most child and teen groups start or reconvene in the fall of each year, we also offer rolling admissions whenever there is space in a group. Please contact us to learn about current availability.

Groups are typically organized by age/grade level and gender identity. We respect everyone’s right to self-identify, and our group clinicians will work with you to find the best fit based on your child and their individual needs, identity, and preferences.

Group clients are accepted from both within and outside of the town of Brookline.