BLAST was founded in 1997 by Dr. Peter Gero with the goal of providing a safe and supportive environment in which individuals can learn to be successful in social situations. Today BLAST provides positive experiences to individuals who have struggled to be successful at home, at school, or in other environments. Individuals participate in a variety of structured activities in a therapeutic setting, playing in small groups, large groups and partners. During guided play experiences, BLAST participants learn how to articulate their feelings, make and keep friends, handle frustration, follow directions and control impulses.
BLAST Organization. BLAST is owned and operated by Katie Enney, Psy.D. (PSY28571), psychologist licensed to practice psychotherapy by the Board of Psychology of the State of California. As a licensed psychologist, she is required to take continuing education courses to maintain license to practice psychotherapy. As a licensed Psychologist, she is also subject to the Laws and Regulations relating to the practice of Psychology as mandated by the State of California, which include the Ethical Principals of Psychologists and Code of Conduct of the American Psychologists Association. Dr. Enney provides supervision to BLAST staff on an ongoing basis. BLAST staff members have a variety of backgrounds including therapists accruing hours towards licensure, college aged students in the field of psychology, teachers, and child educators.
Social Skills Training. BLAST is a social skill training and parent training program. We strive to provide interventions that assist you and your child to better identify how to develop age appropriate social skills. Specific goals vary by child and we work with each family to set appropriate and realistic goals. We believe that social skills development is a collaborative process that requires a very active effort on your part. It is important that each family works on social skills weekly.
The BLAST philosophy is based upon Socratic Questioning and in-vivo learning. The general skill areas that are taught include friendship/play skills, emotional regulation, communication, and self-regulation. The skill areas have been drawn from several different social skills models. In addition, BLAST utilizes peer mediated social skills interventions. Program activities are designed to give participants a variety of social experiences in which they will have both successes and challenges. As a result, social skills training has benefits, risks and consequences. Since it often requires working on difficult skill areas, your child may at times experience uncomfortable levels of feelings. By addressing these, social skills training has been shown to be very beneficial in that it can lead to a significant reduction in problem areas. It is important to remember, however, that resolution of a problems can never be guaranteed and it is important for BLAST to maintain open communication with the family about current improvements and challenges.