FunJoyment Groups

FunJoyment Groups

  • Weekly ninety minute groups with focus on developing and practicing pro-social interaction skills
  • Participants grouped with similar age individuals
  • Groups meet year round
  • All groups “open-ended”  (Most young people stay in the program for a period of years.  Individuals can join at any time, and enter the group one at a time.  This means the staff are getting to know one individual at a time, and can focus a lot of energy in helping an initial transition.)
  • All staff trained by John Merges, LICSW.  All staff know it is very important to consistently be at their assigned groups so participants can count on the adult leadership.
  • Currently four groups:

Hopkins groups

Middle School/Younger High School 

  • Thursdays 4:30-5:50 at the Hopkins Pavilion
  • Thursdays 6:00-7:20 at the Hopkins Pavilion

Young Adult Groups

  • Monday 5:00-6:30pm at the Hopkins Pavilion
  • Wednesday 6:30-8:00pm at the Hopkins Pavilion

White Bear Lake Groups

  • Tuesday evenings at White Bear Lake South High School.  Contact Jeff Holmes at 651 247 4482 for more information.

FunJoyment Extension Groups

  • Many participants begin in FunJoyment Groups and then move to Extension Groups
  • Weekly one hundred five minute groups with emphasis on maintaining focus on a task for the entire session
  • Interest based groups
  • Groups meet year round
  • All groups “open-ended”  (Most young people stay in the program for a period of years.  Individuals can join at any time, and enter the group one at a time.  This means the staff are getting to know one individual at a time, and can focus a lot of energy in helping an initial transition.)
  • All staff trained in principles developed by John Merges, LICSW.  All staff know it is very important to consistently be at their assigned groups so participants can count on the adult leadership.
  • Currently eight groups:

 

Saturday Groups

  • Three Role Play groups – 11:00am-12:45pm at Dreamer’s Games in St. Louis Park
  • Two Miniatures gaming groups – 1:15 -3:00pm at Dreamer’s Games in St. Louis Park

Monday Group

  • One Role Play group – 6:30- 8:15pm at the Hopkins Pavilion

Tuesday Group

  • One Role Play group – 6:00-7:45pm at Outpost 2000 in Coon Rapids

Wednesday Group

  • Two Role Play groups – 4:30-6:15pm at the Hopkins Pavilion

Click here to see our current group schedule

Click here to see some images of our group activities


Contact Kelly Merges for information about these groups:

kmerges@earthlink.net

612 618 0983