Zumba Fitness has provided not only physical health benefits to the youth and families of Evolution Expressions, but also mental energy, self-confidence, and an overall boost in physical and emotional well- being. Our instructor guides our students through high energy dance routines that demonstrates agility, coordination, rhythm, and confidence. Zumba students are encouraged to be free with their movements, let loose and feel the music.
B.R.E.A.T.H.E. - Building Resilience & Empowering Abilities Through Healthy Exerecise (formerly Summer Fit Club) has been revamped to include activities all throughout the year, not just in the summer months! The B.R.E.A.T.H.E. group allows its participants to receive trauma informed instruction to learn and grow both physically and emotionally. In addition to providing in-office group experiences, we also provide "field trips" to local Blair County parks and fitness centers. This includes but is not limited to Lakemont Park,Valley View Park, Legion Park, Canal Basin Park, Hollidaysburg YMCA, Morrison's Cove Memorial Park, and Groove Fitness Studio. Light refreshments and snacks are offered to all participants that attend.
This group is for children up to 18 years of age, who may have experienced trauma. We offer a safe and supportive environment for children to be creative and artistically expressive in a variety of modalities. The arts are a highly effective way for individuals to express their feelings without necessarily being verbal about them.
Group music provides mental and physical health benefits to the youth of Evolution Expressions. Playing music allows for emotional expression, managing feelings, and becoming involved in an enriching activity. In working with adolescents who have experienced trauma, music has been shown to help with creating positive relationships, building self-esteem, and providing a nonverbal mode of expression.
ALLIES is a group for LGBTQI youth and families exist to create a sense of community, empowerment, and support. The groups are structured to achieve both a feeling of "safe space" with total respect for privacy and confidentiality. ALLIES is available to all local LGBTQI youth and their families. Monthly meetings will include fun activities, informational discussions, and opportunities for safe, healthy socialization. Group topics and focuses will be unique from meeting to meeting. Sensitivity towards the vulnerability of this growing population is key to creating the right environment for growth and development. The group is currently being provided voluntarily by Evolution Expressions so advertising for groups has been restricted to distribution to flyers to local schools, agencies, community centers, doctor's offices, and businesses. Being able to spread the word about the groups and reaching out to all those who may benefit is key to its success. For more information or to be a part of the groups call Evolution Counseling Services at 814-201-2751.
In this group, our team works with mother's who may have experience trauma, through artistic expression in a variety of outlets. Through this, we can provide the mothers we work with the opportunity to gain positive coping and life skills, create a support system of like-minded women, build confidence, de-stress, connect with individuals who have similar life experiences and participate in trauma- focused arts for healing crafts and activities. We also provide the opportunity cook and share a meal together, which can be recreated with their families at home. Mom's club is a place where women can feel empowered, supported, heard and be free to express their needs and concerns.
If your child has experienced any traumatic event(s), cognitive behavioral therapy and social learning theory principles can assist with: decreasing PTSD symptoms, managing negative trauma-related emotions, academic difficulties, interpersonal trust, social competencies, behavioral problems, family conflicts, recognizing and responding to abusive situations, as well as handling anxiety and depression.