Group Support For Girls: Wise Girl Workshops

Looking for group support for your girl?  Want to grow your girl wiser? You’ve come to the right place!

All workshops have gone virtual for Fall 2020!  Check out the flier below and click the link to sign up!  Make sure to also sign up for my newsletter to be one of the first to know about all these great offerings!

Wise Girl Workshops is a social-emotional-physical group support program for girls in 3rd-8th grades.  This program focuses on making wise decisions, increasing self-esteem and confidence, developing healthy coping skills, and decreasing anxiety. 

Wise Girl Workshops is not group therapy.  Instead, it is a forum for girls to get group support by come together and developing skills to help them along their way.

In addition, Wise Girl Workshops also teams up with certified personal trainer, Tina Parrish, to help girls develop solid knowledge around nutrition, movement, and body image for many of the workshops.  She will be working with the girls each month during the School Toolkit series.

No workshop is ever the same! All new activities, all new discussions, and a new mix of girls creates the perfect environment for growth, education, and fun!

So if you are interested in group support for girls, take a look below and see what offerings are currently provided.  And if you were curious about the Wise Girl Workshops Summer Program you can check out that info too!

Please note this Workshop Series is not a therapy group. While Sierra Dator is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, her role in the workshops is as a facilitator and educator and not as a therapist.

Teal flier School Toolkit flier for girls in 3rd thru 8th grades.

8 Core Foundations Of Wise Girl Workshops

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Developing Healthy Coping Skills

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Let’s face it. Life is an egg carton of emotions and then some. The good, the bad, and everything in between, like embarrassment, shame, joy, excitement, depression, hurt, happiness…..

Some of these feelings are quite easy to cope with. I can cope with feeling ecstatic and over joyed quite easily. It’s those tougher feelings that require some work, like overwhelm and anxious.

As a result, one of the Wise Girl Workshops Core Foundations is “Developing Healthy Coping Skills.” Girls need to learn healthy ways of coping because emotions happen everyday all day. And learning these within the context of group support offers her the opportunity to see she isn’t alone.

If we can teach them how to cope young and normalizing human emotion within a network of their peers, my hope is your child’s likelihood of developing unhealthy ways of coping diminishes. Unhealthy ways like drug and alcohol use, bad relationships, self harm, negative self talk, and other hurtful behaviors go to the way side. In contrast, healthy ways like journaling, sharing your feelings with a loved one, listening to music, positive self talk, exercise, mindfulness practice, and reading (to name a few) come to the forefront.

Who wouldn’t want that for their girl?

Increasing Self Esteem And Confidence

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We all want the girls in our lives to feel good about who they are. We want them to be uninhibited, proud, confident, self loving kids that grow into thriving, successful, resilient, stable adults.

Because of this want for girls, Wise Girl Workshops weaves in “Self Esteem and Confidence” as one of the eight Core Foundations of the program. Low self esteem (the way you think and feel about yourself) and low confidence (the trust you have in yourself and your abilities) leads to negative thinking that spreads like wildfire. Girls are left feeling inadequate, unworthy, incapable, ugly, fat, stupid, and alone. Consequently, these feelings and thoughts can get hardwired into the brain and perpetuate into adult life.

Do a quick google search and you will find the statistics astonishing. In fact, Dove conducted 3 studies in 2004, 2010, and 2016 looking at women and girls’ body confidence. The results aren’t good. Showing 85% of women and 79% of girls will chose not to attend important life activities if they aren’t feeling good about how they look, like trying out for a team or spending time with a loved one. Also, they report only 11% of girls feel good about describing themselves as beautiful.

These are devastating statistics. Hence this is what Tina and I are aiming to change with every girl who walks through the door.

The confidence and esteem we focus on at Wise Girl Workshops isn’t just on physical appearance, although we do have a whole Core Foundation on “Body Image.” Instead, we focus on the whole girl. Her strengths, personality, cool quirks, and developing a love for her entire being.