Kids & Teen Community

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Cancer affects a family in many ways. Every family member’s experience is unique and different, often making it hard to know how to provide support to one another. There are changes in day-to-day routines and more responsibilities to be managed. Feelings of anger, sadness, helplessness, regret and fear may touch different family members at different times, making life unpredictable for everyone.

When someone in the family has cancer, it is normal to focus attention on that person’s medical treatment, and their well-being. Many parents try to protect their children by not sharing information about the situation. We don’t often realize that even if they are not told about cancer, children of all ages can feel the impact of an illness on a family.

Kid’s Community© is a free weekly support program for children who have a family member with cancer. The purpose of this group is to offer children ages 5-12 an opportunity to make friends and learn new skills for living with the stresses of cancer, or when there is cancer in the family. In a small, supportive group setting, children will talk, learn, and grow together with other children living with cancer. They will have their questions about cancer answered, learn helpful ways to communicate with others and to ask for help, and learn some useful relaxation techniques. Preregistration Required.

Kid’s Community Monthly Support Group
(ages 5-12): 1st & 3rd Thursday of each month from 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Kid’s Community© is a free support program for children 5 – 12 who have a family member or close friend with cancer. The purpose of this group is to offer children an opportunity to make friends and learn new skills for living with the stresses when there is cancer in the family. In a small, supportive group setting, children will talk, learn, and grow together with other children living with cancer. They will have their questions about cancer answered, learn helpful ways to communicate with others and to ask for help, and learn some useful relaxation techniques. Preregistration Required.

Kids Grief
Group (ages 5-12): 2nd & 4th Thursday of each month from 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Kids Grief and Transition Group is for children ages 5-12 who are grieving the loss of a parent, grandparent, sibling, or any other family member to cancer. In a small, supportive group setting, children will be supported through understanding death and loss and be guided through the grieving process.

The goal of the group is to normalize the healing process. Activities such as art and play will be utilized. For more information, please contact Kari Wendt, Associate MFT Trainee kari@cscrb.org or call (310) 376-3550

Do you feel so alone and no one understands what you are feeling?  Connect with other teens who have a family member with cancer.  Teens Connect is a support group where teens  explore their feelings of fear, guilt, confusion, anger, neglect and embarrassment.  Teens will learn life coping skills to help them deal with changing events in their lives that will help them into adulthood.  The group will also provide cancer education and stress reduction techniques.  Teens Connect is for teens 13-17 years of age.
 

Teens Connect
1st & 3rd Thursday of each month from 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Teens Connect is a support group where teens explore their feelings of fear, guilt, confusion, anger, neglect and embarrassment.  Teens will learn life coping skills to help them deal with changing events in their lives that will help them into adulthood.  This group is for teens 13-17 years of age who have a family member with cancer.

Teens Grief
2nd & 4th Thursday of each month from 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
This transitional support group is for teens who are grieving the loss of a parent, grandparent, sibling or any other family member with cancer. In a small, supportive group setting, teens 13-17 years old will be supported through understanding death and loss and be guided through the grieving process. 

To learn more about the Kids & Teens Community groups, please contact: 
Kari Wendt, LPCC Trainee
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor Trainee
Kids and Teens Community Coordinator

kari@cscrb.org
(310) 376-3550

We also host monthly kid and teens activities, which you can learn more about on our full calendar listing.