[ALC] “I can!” Series #1 – I Can Pick Out Chicken Breast from a Chicken Salad

A student who easily gave up reading if a passage seemed any bit long or difficult to read due to delayed language development came to join the School of Life-Active Learning Center’s psycho-educational program. He found it extremely challenging to find what the main idea or important information is in a reading passage and consequently, acquire grade-equivalent knowledge.  We first introduced a psycho-educational strategy which helps bring the student’s interest-“chicken salad”-into the learning situation so he could spot the main idea in a reading passage with ease. Along with training to improve his vocabulary acquisition skills, we helped him… Read More

[IPS] Breakthrough Series 1: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Phobias/Anxiety

✅ What Is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy? Cognitive behavior therapy assumes that our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are interconnected and involves efforts to change thinking and behavioral patterns to relieve symptoms of psychological problems. The therapy is evidence-based meaning that the therapy has been scientifically proven to produce change in many people who suffer from anxiety disorders, depression, and other severe mental illness.  

[ALC] Introduction to “I can!” Series

Every child at the School of Life-Active Learning Center applies their own unique interests, special abilities, and individualized learning strategies to their learning environments as needed. A uniform learning strategy may act as hindrance to a child’s learning because any strategy that works for one child can be a strategy that never works for another child. In this “I can” series, we are going to introduce you to how individualized learning strategies built on the psycho-educational philosophy of the Tree Group have helped children overcome their challenges in learning situations and fostered academic… Read More

[ALC] The Spring Term Begins: the Season of Green Awakening

The Spring Term at the School of Life – Active Learning Program will begin as of March 16th. Over the next three months, the children will achieve their individual psycho-educational goals and have lively and enjoyable learning experience-like the season of spring. As international schools in Korea and abroad have started their spring semester about… Read More

[ALC] 2021 Winter Term and Seasonal Program

Happy New Year! We sincerely wish you a year fully loaded with happiness and good health. Starting this year, the Tree Group’s School of Life – Active Learning Program is implementing the Term System instead of the Semester System in order to pursue a more thorough psycho-educational and clinical program. One year is divided into… Read More

[ALC] 2020 Winter Intensive Program

Introducing School of Life- Active Learning Winter Intensive Program! Program Date: 12.15.2020 (Tues) ~ 01.09.2021 (Sat) (4 weeks long) *Depending on the school’s or student’s schedule, the participating dates will differ. If you have any questions regarding the duration of the program, please contact the Tree Group directly. What is the Active Learning Intensive Winter… Read More

[ALC] Acquiring a Language through Body Movements and Story-telling

Acquiring a language involves the entire process of listening, speaking, reading, and writing, and its purpose is to communicate with the other person in a seamless manner. In this process, children can be very active participants, and the Active Learners at Active Learning Center learn and acquire languages expressed in letters that seem challenging, sometimes… Read More

[IPS] Remote Administration of the Comprehensive Psychological/Psycho-educational Evaluation

The International Psychological Services center of the Tree Group has been providing treatment services online; however, the comprehensive psychological/psycho-educational evaluation has been provided offline only as various assessment tools are needed to carry out the evaluation. Nevertheless, in times when travel is restricted and social distancing is necessary, the Tree Group has become more aware… Read More

[ALC] Parent-Teacher Conference, the Aftermath

A considerable number of international schools hold Parent-Teacher Conference (PTC) in March/April and October/November. It is an important meeting where parents can get feedback on their children’s academic performances, social interactions, and others. Have you received comments such as the ones below from the school? He/She finds it difficult to concentrate when studying. He/she has… Read More

[ALC] Chuseok Break

Hello, this is the Tree Group. The unprecedentedly long raining season finally came to an end, and it has already been a month since fall officially started. Although many aspects of our lives are restricted due to COVID-19, we sincerely wish that you had an enjoyable September. With Chuseok and the National Foundation Day coming… Read More

[ALC] 2020 Summer Intensive Program Ends and Fall Semester Begins!

The Active Learning Center’s Summer Intensive Program that began on June 9th came to an end on August 8th, and starting from August 11th, 2020 Active Learning Fall Semester will begin. The students made meaningful memories both in and out of the clinic during the summer. The two highlights of Summer Intensive Program would be… Read More

[DBT] The “DEAR DOG” Inter-species Effectiveness Skill

Dear all creatures of the world and our DBT friends and family,    With the assistance of microscopic entity, we are facing the new epic era of human contact- the exchange of our souls and dealing with our difficulties online. In reviewing the DEAR MAN skill in a DBT online group session, we found out that one of our young adult… Read More

[IPS] Guidelines for Analyzing WAIS-IV/WISC-V

Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale-IV (WAIS-IV) and Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children-V (WISC-V) are intelligence tests that measure an adult’s and a child’s intellectual ability and five cognitive domains that impact performance. These tests have taken a crucial role in psychological testing as they can help provide concise analyses on one’s psychological state along with other… Read More

[IPS] Stimulus Discrimination Training

What is Stimulus Discrimination Training? Stimulus Discrimination Training is the process of reinforcing a behavior only when a specific antecedent stimulus is present. Here, the stimulus is one that precedes the occurrence of the behavior. Two steps are involved in this training: 1. The behavior is reinforced when the discriminative stimulus is present. The discriminative… Read More

[ALC] Special Lecture on “Bilingual Children” by Dr. Cho

On the last Friday evening of February at the “Active Learning Center,” Dr. Cho Yong-beom, the head of Dutree Group, gave a special lecture on “Brilliant Children.” It’s time to explore in depth what challenges bilingual children can face learning, psychological, emotional and social, how to overcome, and what benefits they can have in the… Read More

[IPS] The Principles of Behavior Modification #3 Punishment

Punishment is one of the basic elements of ‘behavioral modification’. Unlike reinforcement, ‘punishment’ is when an immediate consequence is given to decrease the frequency of certain behavior. The consequence refers to the application of aversive or unpleasant stimulus or removal of a reinforcer. Punishment occurs in our daily lives. Not only disciplines from guardians or… Read More

[IPS] The Principles of Behavior Modification #2 Extinction

Extinction is one of the basic elements in behavior modification. In behavioral modification, ‘extinction’ systematically reduces previously reinforced behavior by taking away the reinforcers or stimuli for that behavior, ultimately aiming to eliminate the behavior. In the process of extinction, an ‘extinction burst’ may occur. It is a temporary increase in the frequency, duration, and… Read More

[ALC] New Year’s Party at the Tree Group

The first round of 2019 Intensive Winter Camp came to its end with the start of 2020 New Year! A New Year Party was held at the Tree Group where all the students, parents, and teachers were invited to share food and drinks. Special thanks to Dr. Cho who prepared homemade sandwiches with fresh ingredients!… Read More

[DBT] DBT Class for Young Adults

Young adults in the 21st century are challenged with over-flowing information and numerous choices. ‘What would my future look like? What do I want?’ ‘Who am I?‘ 24-hour online communication, with rapid changes in our society can be overwhelming. To cope with emotional stress and instability that we experience, and to live as the ‘authentic… Read More

[IPS] The Principles of Behavior Modification #4 Shaping

Shaping is a behavioral procedure in which successive approximations of a target behavior are differently reinforced until the person engages in the target behavior. Successive approximations, or shaping steps, are behaviors that are increasingly more like the target behavior. A successful shaping would include the following: Define the target behavior Determine whether shaping is the… Read More