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The Art of Friendship Social-Coping Seminars

Hosted by Child and Family Therapy Center

A FREE IN-PERSON workshop series empowering parents, educators, and professionals to help children socialize, cope, and thrive.

Email candice@childandfamilyarttherapycenter.com to RSVP.

The Personal Power Project: Help Your Child Overcome Anxiety and Stress 

 Friday, September 29th, 11:30 am-12:30 pm EST

  • Seminar Location: Center City, Philadelphia, 1420 Walnut St. Ste. 1301, Philadelphia, PA 19103
  • Good news! Stress and anxiety respond very well to cognitive behavioral therapy. But kids need to practice coping outside the therapy office. You might accidentally make things worse if you don’t learn counter-intuitive support strategies to help your child powerfully & independently cope. You will discover hidden dynamics of anxiety that maintain insecurity & dependence on adults & learn strategies to help your child overcome anxiety and thrive.

Taming Tantrums: Help Your Child Cope with Frustration and Anger

Friday, October 20th in Center City, Philadelphia

  • Meltdowns are usually caused by weak assertiveness, problem-solving, and coping skills. Well-intentioned caregivers can accidentally escalate situations by using a mismatched support strategy with certain levels of frustration. Attendees will discover a framework to understand four levels of frustration including a compassionate meltdown safety plan. Additionally, you’ll learn proactive preventative coping language to help your child keep calm and decrease the frequency & intensity of tantrums. 

Reversing the Downward Spiral: Coping Ideas for Negative Thinking in Mood Disorders and Childhood Depression

Friday, November 17th in Center City, Philadelphia

  • Negative thoughts can create negative moods and vice versa. Negative interpretations of events – or negative predictions of the future can make you miserable, drive depression, and make preciously enjoyable experiences unenjoyable. CBT holds that we can learn new realistic or resilient ways to think about things and we can learn new coping behaviors that interrupt negative-depressive thought cycles. Discover the negative thinking confirmation bias that conspires to keep your child downcast or depressed, and how to challenge it. Learn several simple yet powerful things you – and your child – can do to feel better today and beyond. 

The Personal Power Project, Part Deux: Empowering Skills to Stand Up to Bullies, Teasers, and Impossible Kids

Friday, December 15th in Plymouth Meeting, PA

  • Kind, gentle children, and those with social challenges, can be easy targets for dominant personalities and bullies. Contemporary school culture encourages vigilance for meanness and bystanders, making most children passive informants who don’t know how to stand up to meanness independently. Learn how to help your child understand the differences between true bullies and commonplace joking teasers. You will learn simple child-friendly strategies to help your child confidently show up and peacefully take back their personal power. We will cover “frienemies”, negative versus positive leaders, and how to be a positive, not negative, follower.

Upcoming Dates

  • Friday, December 15, 2023, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Past Dates

  • Friday, September 29, 2023, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
  • Friday, October 20, 2023, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
  • Friday, November 17, 2023, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm


Various Locations Around Philadelphia