Mental Health Services

Social & Emotional Learning

The Club is dedicated to promoting positive mental health for all Club members.  Social & Emotional Learning (SEL) is incorporated into weekly classroom lessons. SEL programming covers topics such as self-awareness, relationship skills, self-management, responsible decision-making, and social awareness, and healthy expression of emotions.  Additionally, our onsite Director of Social & Emotional Wellness provides individual skill development to members and is available on a drop-in basis for members who need a safe space to talk. For members who may need additional services, the Director provides referrals to appropriate resources.

Lastly, the Club has a Zen Den that is a safe space for Club members to go to when they feel like they need some time to breathe and calm down. This room is not meant for disciplinary measures but instead a space for members to go before they escalate. They can lie down, count to five, get some energy out, complete a mental wellness worksheet, and more!

For additional questions or for a referral please contact our Director of Social & Emotional Wellness, Caitlyn Cheslock, at caitlync@bgcosh.org or (920)-233-1414, ext. 123.

Behavior Intervention

Our onsite Behavior Intervention Specialist works directly with members on handling behaviors and leads Club-wide behavior management strategies. He adds additional support by creating individual behavior plans for members who may struggle to express their emotions. Program staff are trained on Conscious Discipline (used within the Oshkosh Area School District), which includes classroom management, ways to support members experiencing hard emotions, and constructive ways to de-escalate children during outbursts and conflict situations. Using Conscious Discipline adds a level of consistency and familiarity for members because they use it in school. Throughout the Club, members will also see posters with helpful tips and reminders.

If you have additional questions about our Behavior Intervention program please contact our Behavior Intervention Specialist, Victor Brandt, at victorb@bgcosh.org or (920) 233-1414, ext. 135

Youth & Family Grief Support Group

Youth & Family Grief Support Group is a program at the Club that provides compassionate care to kids, teens, and families in Oshkosh who have experienced a death through education and peer group support sessions. (You do not need to be a member of the Boys & Girls Club to participate!) Learn more about this program here.

If you have questions at any time we welcome you to contact us at griefsupport@bgcosh.org or contact one of our coordinators by phone at:

Danielle Bittelman, Director of Youth & Family Engagement – (920) 233-1414, ext. 124

Caitlyn Cheslock, Director of Social & Emotional Wellness – (920) 233-1414, ext. 123

 

If you are a Club supporter interested in learning more about how you can contribute to growing these programs, please contact CEO Tracy Ogden at tracyo@bgcosh.org or 920-233-1414, ext. 116.

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The Boys & Girls Club of Oshkosh is a United Way agency.