Club Ophelia was developed in 2001 by Dr. Cheryl Dellasega, a certified nurse-practitioner, counselor, and professor at the Penn State College of Medicine in Hershey, Pennsylvania
Dr. Dellasega is the author of several books on female relationships, including:
“Surviving Ophelia: Mothers Share their Wisdom on the Tumultuous Teenage Years”
“Girl Wars: Twelve Strategies That Will End Female Bullying”
and “Mean Girls Grown Up”
Aimed at middle school girls (grades 6-8), the club seeks to change girls’ attitudes towards relational aggression by:
•Describing relational aggression: what it is; who is involved; what are the dynamics; and possible consequences.
•Helping them learn positive relationship skills.
•Exploring friendship issues.
•Helping them to improve their self-esteem.
High school junior or senior girls are recruited and trained as mentors for a group of middle school girls. The mentors receive ongoing training and supervision from adult staff members on issues such as how to be a role model, communication skills, and conflict resolution. The club sessions are filled with art activities, role plays, small group discussions, storytelling, and journaling.
Family-Child Resources is pleased to offer Club Ophelia to middle school age girls in York and Adams Counties through funding from the York/Adams Drug and Alcohol Commission.
If you are interested in learning more about Club Ophelia, please call us at (717) 757-1227.