Girls’ Night is a project started by Deisy C. Boscan, Ph.D. and Denisse Morales, Psy.D. It is a group designed just for pre-teen and teen girls where we discuss a variety of mental health and social topics. These range from anxiety about speaking in front of class to thoughts of self-harm. Other discussion topics include loneliness, issues communicating with parents, difficulties with siblings, and dealing with school bullies.
Girls today face many problems. According to a 2015 study by the University College London and the Anna Freud Centre, there has been a 55% increase in the amount of school-aged girls who are facing emotional issues over the past five years. The idea behind starting Girls’ Night is that girls of a certain age sometimes have to deal with modern day problems that many other adults in their lives did not have to deal with when they were in school, and may not know how to manage. They may not always have someone that they feel they can talk to about these problems. They may be experiencing low self-esteem, have trouble making friends, standing up for themselves, or finding their own voice.
Our groups are not “6-week” or “12-week” programs. Rather, we provide ongoing support based on members’ needs. The group facilitator meets with parents every few months to discuss members’ progress. Members, along with their parents and group facilitator, decide together when a member is ready to move on and stop attending groups. Because girls of different ages deal with different kinds of problems, we hold separate groups based on age. Our current group includes girls between 10-13 years old. In addition, we keep no more than five group members, in order to establish safety and help group members express themselves better.
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