When in the hospital, teens and young adults often feel alone in their healthcare experience. The Teen Networking Group is a place for teens to share their healthcare experiences with each other.
Find and share your voice at Teen Networking Group.
Before explaining what Teen Networking Group is, it will be more helpful to explain what it is not.
- It is not a support group.
- It is not mental health services or replacement for mental health services.
- It is not therapy or a time to process issues not related to the hospital or a diagnosis.
However, Teen Networking Group is your time to process, think, share, reflect and relate with other teens who also have a chronic or life-changing diagnosis. Certified Child Life specialists will facilitate therapeutic and creative activities to promote discussion and self-expression.
Guidelines and Participation
The Teen Networking Group at Arnold Palmer Hospital is for adolescents and young adults, ages 15–20 years old, who are directly impacted by the effects of a frequent, chronic or life-altering condition.
Meetings will be held monthly in the Winnie Palmer Hospital classrooms from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.
Consideration will be given to age appropriateness and psychosocial diagnoses for group dynamics during the enrollment process. Due to the self-expressive nature of this group, adolescents who are currently receiving mental health services may not be eligible to participate.
If you meet the eligibility requirements as described above and can commit to attending monthly meetings (6:00 pm – 8:00 pm), you are welcome to submit an application.
If interested, please send an email to [email protected] for more information.