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For MGH Aspire participants, experiencing the ending of a seasonal group or program can be difficult. It means they will no longer have the same structured coming-together, routines or relationships in their schedule. As a result, we handle program termination at MGH Aspire very thoughtfully, as a teaching and therapeutic process.
By Jennifer O'Rourke, MA
At MGH Aspire, we use the word ‘termination’ to describe the natural conclusion of a program or group (sometimes forever, sometimes temporarily). For our participants, termination can be a difficult experience because it means their group will no longer have the same structured coming-together, routines or relationships. The abstract nature of the termination process can bring about confusing and overwhelming feelings—sadness, anger, joy, confusion. As a result, we handle termination very thoughtfully, as a teaching and therapeutic process. Using several best-practice strategies, including transparency with participants and comforting support, we take steps to ensure that termination is a positive and productive experience for all parties (children, families, staff, caregivers) involved.
What strategies are considered best practices for termination?
What termination activities do we use at MGH Aspire?
Termination activities at MGH Aspire vary depending on a group’s process, age and developmental level, and interests. Some of the activities we use include:
Parents and caregivers: You know your child best. Listen to your instincts when thinking about how to support your child during the termination process. If you are looking for further strategies of support, try any of the below:
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