Chalk Talk® is a sports-based group therapy program that enables youth to work towards treatment goals in an environment in which they feel comfortable participating. Experience has shown that many youth find it easier to say they are going to a sports group than to group therapy. As one experienced mental health clinician said after observing our Chalk Talk® program in action, “I’ve never seen youth run to therapy before.”
We have our do the good® and Chalk Talk® curricula that our team is trained on and follows as guides for our programming. The Chalk Talk® group therapy modules have been designed so there are 28 total therapy sessions that embed seven weeks each of soccer, basketball, flag football, and indoor rowing. Delivered by a trained mental health clinician and coach who teach, model, and reinforce positive behaviors through team sports, Chalk Talk® is designed to help young people feel effective and successful. While playing sports, youth practice pro-social behaviors such as positive decision-making, communication skills, and impulse control. These life skills improve behavioral health and enable youth to succeed at school, at home, and in their communities.
As a sports group, there is no stigma in continuing in “therapy” – which is one of the strengths of the model.