Resilience Builder Program®

Group Therapy for Children and Adolescents

Resilience Builder Program®


Northern Virginia Office

Intended For

Boys and Girls Ages 8-12 (grouped by age)


Groups forming throughout the year.

It can be very challenging when a child struggles to connect with peers. The earlier we can begin to treat children, the more likely they are to develop the skills they need to bounce back from life’s ups and downs. The Resilience Builder Program® uses a cognitive behavioral framework to enhance your child’s social competence and self-regulation. This Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT)-based group will teach your child tools and strategies for engaging in conversations, handling conflict, respecting boundaries, and regulating emotions in a supportive, non-threatening environment.

Does Your Child:

  • Struggle to make new friends?
  • Worry excessively about what others think?
  • Have difficulty initiating interactions with peers?
  • Frequently violate social rules unintentionally?

This program is designed using Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) to teach strategies for overcoming social challenges in a safe, small social setting. Children can expect to:

  • Gain confidence in social situations
  • Identify and challenge negative thought and behavior patterns
  • Develop leadership skills
  • Practice social skills in real-life situations with other children

Group therapy can be a very effective way to improve your child’s social competence. Your child will have the opportunity to learn alongside other children who struggle with similar issues in a safe and understanding environment. The group involves discussing specific skills, practicing through role play and free play, and generalization through homework (to play!). Parents will receive weekly handouts informing them of the specific weekly skill and strategies to support their child. Parents will also be invited to join their children for a portion of group several times.

Participants must be from the Virginia, Washington DC, or Maryland region.

An assessment with a Ross Center clinician is required to ensure that this is the proper group for you.

For more information or to determine whether this group is a good fit for you, please call 703-687-6610 or email

Resilience Builder® is a registered trademark of Alvord, Baker & Associates, LLC.


  • Lauretta Brennan , Ph.D.

    Psychologist & Child/Adolescent Program Director

    Northern Virginia

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