Group Therapy Programs

Group Therapy Programs are run each school holidays, under the business name Bright Side Learning and Therapy which is a joining of Side by Side Psychology with Bright Futures Mildura- Danielle O’Brien (Educational Consultant).

A combination of published (manualised) group programs as well as original programs designed to address social and emotional skill development for children in kindergarten all the way through to children who are completing the final years of primary school are delivered. The groups usually run across one week of the holidays for 10 hours, with sessions daily.

All of the groups include fun team building and creative construction activities while exploring emotions, emotion regulation skills, introduction to mindfulness and relaxation skills. Underpinning this is an understanding of positive psychology, including gratitude practices and growth mindset concepts. A focus on the practice of social skills and using interests to develop connections and friendships is also part of our philosophy.

Groups that we have run include:

  • Exploring Feelings Programs; CBT for anxiety (by Tony Attwood)
  • Exploring Feelings The Stress and Anger Management Program for ASD children (by Tony Attwood)
  • The Zones of Regulation Program (Leah Kuypers)
  • The Summer Starters Group (for children entering school in the new school year)
  • The Autumn Zones Program (ideas from The Zones of Regulation and Social Thinking)
  • The Magic of Me (a Harry Potter inspired group)
  • You’ve Got a Friend in Me (A Toy Story inspired group about friendship skills)
  • Happiness Ninjas
  • The Recipe for Friendship
  • The Colour Monsters
  • The Game of Life
  • What’s Your Superpower?
  • How to train a warrior
  • Science of Happiness
  • Minecraft (TM) Themed Group
  • Westmead Feelings Program
  • Imposters (Among Us)
  • Trolls
  • Sonic the Hedgehog
  • Dragon Days
  • Minion Madness

A new group will occur each school holidays which will incorporate a new theme each time. Previous group participants are invited to return and booking early is encouraged to prevent missing out on a place.

With the implementation of social distancing recommendations, our groups returned to face to face earlier in the year and will continue in this fashion for our Spring School Holiday program with infection control implemented to limit the spread of germs and viruses. This is likely to include minimising the number of adults allowed on the premises.

Edited update: 24th September 2021

Unfortunately following recent discussions with Victorian Business it has been revealed that under COVID Safe workplace directions from the Chief Health Officer, whilst essential face to face therapy (individual) can now occur in regional Victoria since we came out of our most recent lockdown (and despite the opening up on some school grades returning this coming term) and activities such as indoor sport and creative arts groups (max 10) are allowed to occur, allied health or psychological group therapy is currently NOT allowed to occur.

With discovering this fact, we have had to postpone our Magical Me groups for next week that is run through Bright Side Learning and Therapy.  

We sincerely apologise for the inconvenience caused, but this was only recently discovered at our end.  Any deposits made will be returned or can be kept for future programs.

Despite investigations to see whether there was any exemption for this (since we are both education enrichment and therapy), we have found we cannot offer our service and must comply with this government directive.

Fortunately Bright Futures Mildura is able to continue offering their educational and creative enrichment sessions, with new sessions having recently been added to the timetable for next week. So if you are looking for something for your child during this time, please head to http://www.brightfuturesmildura.com.au to book in an activity for next week.

We are hopeful that we will be able to offer Magical Me Social Emotional Group later this year, otherwise early in 2022.

Thank for all your support and we hope to see you in our groups soon,

Kate & Danielle

Bright Side Learning & Therapy

27th September -1st October2021 (Second week of Victorian School Holidays)

Junior Group (2021 Prep -Grade 3) 9-11am daily

Senior Group (Grade 3- Grade 6) 12-2pm daily

Come and join us these school holidays as we get inspired by magic-folk and have fun learning in our social-emotional skills group.  

We will explore our own personal strengths as we have fun understanding our feelings and trying some new ideas that can help when tackling some of life’s challenges.  

The investment is $750 for this 10 hour program, designed and led by Educational Consultant, Danielle O’Brien and Clinical Psychologist, Kate French.  

Email us for your Enrolment/Application form so we can be sure to place your child in the most suitable group.  Please contact us soon as possible-the groups are filling quickly and we have room for only limited numbers.

Bright Side Learning and Therapy is able to support families who are Self and Plan Managed NDIS Participants. A Service Agreement needs to be developed prior to group participation.

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