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Girls Circle®

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Girls Circle® is a structured support group for girls from 9-18 that integrates relational theory, resiliency practices, and skills training in a specific format designed to increase positive connection, and personal and collective strengths.

Girls Circle® is designed to address girls’ unique risks, strengths and needs by utilizing gender-responsive principles and practices to build healthy connections, address challenges, reduce risks, and build social–emotional skills. It is listed on SAMHSA’s National Registry of Evidence-based Programs.  Girls Circle® is one of the first gender-responsive program in the country to demonstrate effectiveness in reducing delinquency for girls.

Highlights of the Girls Circle® include:

  • A gender responsive approach
  • Learning is done through a supportive group environment
  • Uses a trauma-informed treatment model
  • Designed on the foundations of motivational interviewing and strength-based principles
  • Stimulates critical thinking and moral reasoning through guided discussions and exercises

The program’s primary goals are to:

  • Encourage genuine self-expression and voice
  • Develop healthy relationships and identities
  • Counter harmful gender stereotypes that distort female identity and self-worth
  • Develop healthy emotional coping and decision-making skills
  • Generate awareness and accountability
  • Empower girls to pursue their full potential

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