Group Leaders and Co-Leaders
28W671 Garys Mill Road
Winfield, IL 60190
Groups are run outdoors during the spring, summer, and fall at the Pathways Winfield location. During rain or cold weather, groups move to the gym area located within the Pathways facility.
Initiatives and Activities
Activity Counseling Groups utilize activities, discussion, and problem-solving challenges that lead to greater participation and real-life experiences in overcoming challenges and adapting in new ways. These activities include:
Group problem-solving activities
Active coping exercises
Social education games
This experiential approach uses active teaching so that lessons can be integrated, experienced, passed on, and remembered. The games and initiatives allow boys to work together to develop cooperation, improved focus, sportsmanship, and communication skills. Dr. Joe and Co-Leader Mr. Fedele guide and provide feedback to the group as well as individual coaching to help group members achieve personal goals.
Skills for Life
A lesson is provided each week tailored to both individual and group goals. Skill modules are designed to add to the child/adolescent's tools for effectively and successfully functioning in the world. Lessons include:
Social Skills: starting conversations, making friends, resolving conflicts, coping with losing, making mistakes, and increasing interpersonal attraction.
Attention/Mindfulness: developing the ability to strengthen and focus attention.
Self-talk Skills: the ability to have greater control over thinking while increasing positive thinking and decreasing negative thinking.
Self-Esteem: developing a positive attitude, feeling confident about oneself, and overcoming peer pressure.
Problem-Solving: working with others, making good choices, and setting goals.
Coping: Frustration tolerance, anger management, reducing anxiety, and building self-confidence.
Alternative to Traditional Counseling
The Activity Counseling Groups are an alternative to more traditional counseling engaging boys through activities while emphasizing skill-building and process oriented in-the-moment experiences and feedback. Unlike other traditional sporting activities, the Activity Groups highlight team goals and working together over individual competition.
Elementary through high school age groups offered.
Groups Run Year Round
Groups move to indoor gym facility depending on the weather.
Dr. Joe Roszkowski
Clinical Psychologist, Group Leader
Dr. Joe has been working in the mental health field for over ten years. He is a frequent speaker on issues pertaining to boys' issues and presents training on working with boys. Dr. Joe received his Doctoral and Master's degree from Roosevelt University in Clinical Psychology and was a member of the adjunct faculty there. He received his Bachelor's degree from Florida State University in Religion. He provides individual and family therapy, as well as psychological assessment, to children and adults.
Activity Counseling Social Skills Groups for Boys
4255 Westbrook Drive, Suite 206
Aurora, Illinois 60504
Zach Simms, LPC
Licensed Professional Counselor
Zach Simms is a Licensed Professional Counselor who has been in the behavioral health field for five years. He received his Master’s degree in Mental Health and Rehabilitation from Illinois Institute of Technology and received his Bachelor’s degree from Roosevelt University. He is currently specializing in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy with an emphasis on individual empowerment. Zach’s clinical experience includes treatment for PTSD, stress, anxiety, depression, anger management and trauma recovery. He has gained experience working with veterans, individuals with dual diagnoses, visual impairment and crisis prevention. His experience also includes vocational counseling with young adults experiencing disabilities. He has worked with clients of all ages from young children to adults.
Providing counseling, therapy, psychological testing and neuropsychological testing for children, adolescent, and adults in Wheaton, Naperville, Aurora, Oswego, Glen Ellyn, Winfield, Geneva, St. Charles, Batavia, Bartlett, West Chicago, Plainfield, Downers Grove, and Carol Stream areas.
Phone: (630) 293-9860
Nicholas Fedele, MA, LCPC
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor
Nick Fedele is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor. He received his Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology at Argosy University where he is also completing his doctor training. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Clinical Psychology and Communication Studies at Elmhurst College. Nick’s doctoral research has primarily focused on social skills issues including symptoms related to ADHD, Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, and Pervasive Developmental Disorder.