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FAQs

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE IN GNO?

  1. Have you completed the GNO intake forms?
  2. Have you scheduled and completed the initial assessment visit (in-person or virtual) with our GNO team at the Division of Developmental Pediatrics, located at the University of Kansas Medical Center?

If yes, you are eligible to sign-up for GNO events (within your age range) on the GNO calendar found online. Click on the link provided to view the GNO calendar of events- https://www.kumc.edu/school-of-medicine/cchd/girls-night-out-(gno)/gno-calendar.html

If no, please complete and submit the GNO intake form(s) and someone will contact you about scheduling the initial assessment visit with our GNO team at the Division of Developmental Pediatrics, located at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Click on the link provided to complete the GNO intake form(s)- https://redcap.kumc.edu/surveys/?s=N78A8DWDHH


WHAT IS THE INITIAL ASSESSMENT VISIT?

This visit is important because it provides you an opportunity to let us know areas of need and to determine what we can do to best support you and the potential GNO participant. This 1.5-2 hour visit includes an overview of our GNO program services and an assessment (e.g., interviews, rating scales) designed to identify how we might support the potential participant within GNO and to identify individual needs, interests, and goals. We gather current information about an individual's social experiences, self-care, and emotional well-being. Together we determine if the GNO program is a good fit and provide recommendations. Next steps with your participation in the program vary slightly based on the individual's age and current services.
*The cost for this initial visit is billed through your insurance.


WHY DO I STILL NEED THE INITIAL ASSESSMENT EVEN THOUGH I SEE SOMEONE AT KUMC?

We want to make sure the GNO program is a good fit for everyone involved. We want each participant to have a positive experience and meeting with you before attending a GNO event is an important step towards creating opportunities for success. We individualize supports and adapt our curriculum as needed, so that each participant can feel comfortable and confident. GNO is unique because we do not meet in a clinical setting or doctor's office. GNO meets out in the community and practices skills within authentic settings and activities. We gather information about current social experiences, self-care, and emotional well-being. Facilitators tailor individualized coaching and provide specific, in-the-moment feedback based on participant goals. Personalized supports are provided strategically within each participant's GNO materials (e.g., booklet, self-monitoring checklists, conversation cards). We strive to make GNO a positive experience and beneficial for ALL participants.


WHEN IS GNO?

  • GNO community events occur throughout the year and are typically monthly.
  • GNO skills groups typically occur during the school year, in the fall and spring semesters for approximately 8-12 weeks.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A GNO SKILLS GROUP & GNO COMMUNITY EVENT?

GNO Skills Group: 8-12 weekly sessions with the same group of 6-10 participants. Sessions are structured and we build on social skills and self-care each week. This is an opportunity to find common ground, support, build independence and relationships with familiar faces.

GNO Community Event: opportunity for participants to join group events without a weekly commitment. This is an opportunity to meet and connect with new people. The number of participants at a community event can range from 6-35 but the average is typically 10 participants (depending on the season or community partner).


WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN GNO-JR., TEEN, AND YOUNG ADULT?

We typically offer 2 suggested age groups - one group designed for older teens & young adults; another group designed for younger teens & pre-teens.

  • GNO-JR suggested age range: 10-14 years old
  • GNO-Teen suggested age range: 15-19 years old
  • GNO-Young Adult suggested age range: 20-29 years old

I COMPLETED THE INITIAL ASSESSMENT VISIT AND AM DEEMED ELIGIBLE FOR THE GNO PROGRAM. NOW WHAT?

You can now sign-up and participate in GNO community events!

We appreciate your patience as many of you are waiting to participate in an 8-12 week skills group. When we begin the recruitment process for a new group, we will notify you as we work through our waitlist. Wait times vary based on need, age range, availability and length of time on waitlist, but your family will stay connected to GNO throughout the process and have opportunities to attend GNO community events while you wait to be enrolled in a weekly skills group.


I COMPLETED THE INTAKE FORM(S) AND I AM WAITING TO COMPLETE THE INITIAL ASSESSMENT VISIT. NOW WHAT?

Unfortunately, you are not yet eligible to sign up for GNO program services and activities until you complete the initial assessment. Someone from the Division of Developmental Pediatrics at the University of Kansas Medical Center will contact you to schedule your initial assessment visit. Wait times vary based on availability, length of time on waitlist and age. We appreciate your patience with us as we work through our waitlist to get families scheduled.


WHAT CAN I PARTICIPATE IN IF MYSELF OR MY FAMILY MEMBER IS 20 YEARS OLD OR YOUNGER?

Once an individual is deemed eligible for the GNO program, she will be placed on a waitlist for a GNO skills group based on age and date intake was completed. Wait times vary based on need, age range, availability and length of time on waitlist, but your family will stay connected to GNO throughout the process and have opportunities to attend GNO community events while you wait to be enrolled in a weekly skills group. You will receive more detailed information about each step as you advance through the enrollment process.


WHAT CAN I PARTICIPATE IN IF MYSELF OR MY FAMILY MEMBER IS 21 OR OLDER?

Your family will receive information about upcoming GNO Community Events and related opportunities. Currently, we do not offer weekly Skills Groups for individuals who are 21 and older but we have many girls in this age range that regularly attend community events!


HOW DO I SIGN-UP FOR GNO COMMUNITY EVENTS?

Sign-up and registration are required. After you sign-up and complete the registration, you will receive details and reminders about the event via email. Participants should sign up separately for each GNO event. Use the link provided to sign-up and complete the registration - https://www.kumc.edu/school-of-medicine/cchd/girls-night-out-(gno)/gno-calendar.html


WILL INSURANCE COVER THE COST OF GNO PROGRAM SERVICES?

The initial assessment visit at the Division of Developmental Pediatrics, located at the University of Kansas Medical Center is billed to your insurance and would be covered within your mental health benefits according to your plan.

Unfortunately, we are not yet billing insurance for other GNO program services (e.g., Skills Groups, Community Events). There is an out-of-pocket service fee for all skills groups and community events. In the past families have identified different ways to cover the cost (e.g., waiver funds, flexible spending accounts, etc.). 

We never want financial capacity to be a barrier for any of our potential participants. The department has been flexible with payment plans for families. Contact someone from our GNO team to discuss options for payment plans and/or applications for partial scholarships. 


WHAT IS THE COST TO PARTICIPATE?

The cost varies depending on the type of skills group or community event. The cost of a community event is typically $35.00, a weekly skills group ranges from $500.00-$600.00.

Payments can be completed through the GNO webpage. Please click on the link provided to complete a payment- https://www.kumc.edu/CreditCardRepository/Gno


WHAT WILL WE DO DURING GNO?

We have fun! We try new things! We are flexible! We are accepting! We ALL have things to work on! Sometimes you might feel comfortable with an activity we are trying and sometimes you might not feel as comfortable as someone else in the group. Sometimes you might be good at something that someone else in the group does not feel like they are good at, which gives you the opportunity to support and encourage them. Sometimes someone else in the group might be good at something that you don't think you are good at, which allows more opportunities to get support.

GNO welcomes a wide range of interests, talents, and beliefs. However, we ask that all discussions, meetings, and conversations remain friendly and relevant to the group. We will find common ground as well as differences. We will celebrate our differences. We will challenge each other and receive feedback. As I mentioned above - we ALL have things to work on!


WHERE IS GNO?

We meet at different places throughout the Kansas City metro area. We go all over! Depending on the season, we might meet outside or inside. We have GNO at parks, restaurants, fitness centers, salons, shops, and houses. We go to places where we can play games, have fun, try new things, support each other, and practice having genuine conversations. Whether we are at a fitness center or an art studio, we create opportunities for participants to connect with other girls in the group. GNO facilitators intentionally build in opportunities for participants to practice social skills and self-care across a variety of settings and people.

  • GNO might meet at a restaurant for dinner! We are never just eating dinner together. We practice ordering independently, paying, making sure you have enough money for tip and tax, asking questions about what is on the menu, trying something new, or being flexible.
  • GNO might meet at Paul Mitchell the School of Overland Park, which is a hair salon. We are not getting haircuts! We talk about taking care of yourself and then have girls' pair up with a stylist to discuss what they want to work on or get better at! Each stylist is already familiar with GNO and has been given an overview of what our group wants to accomplish. GNO facilitators coach each stylist to break down the steps related to basic hair care. For example, some girls might need more practice washing their hair independently, others need practice combing out their hair, using a hair dryer, etc. Girls might want to learn how to put their hair in a ponytail or a simple braid. At this session, we provide each participant with an individualized support based on what they practiced with their stylist (e.g., pictures, breakdown of each step, etc.).
  • GNO might meet at a participant's home! We encourage families to host our group when we are discussing body care and making plans or goal setting. This is typically a lot of fun! Girls have an opportunity to host and gain practice with having friends over. This also allows our group to have a safe and comfortable space to share tips, tricks, or worries related to hygiene, shaving, feminine products, etc. Girls often build confidence and support each other in sharing their personal experiences.
  • Other times we just might reserve a space at a coffee shop or a shelter at a park to play games, do a fun craft, art project, and related social activities.

WHY PARTICIPATE IN GNO?

GNO is for individuals who want to gain confidence or maybe already feel confident. GNO is for individuals who want to meet other people like them or maybe want to meet people not like them. GNO is for individuals who want to find a friend(s) or might not feel like making any new friends. GNO is for individuals who dislike trying new things or would consider trying something new. GNO is for individuals who want to share personal experiences and hobbies or learn about something you don't have any experience with. GNO is for individuals who want to feel supported and have someone to share things with or maybe don't feel like sharing anything at all. We design GNO activities and sessions to feel safe, comfortable, and fun! We want you to be a part of GNO to feel successful and feel good about yourself!


ELIGIBLE PARTICIPANTS!

We want YOU (our participants) to help us plan and create engaging GNO sessions. What are your interests? What are you good at? We want to hear about YOU!

Tell us about YOU by completing the GNO community connections questionnaire using the link provided - https://redcap.kumc.edu/surveys/?s=J9XJDFYET3

Are you unsure about your strengths and interests right now? No problem! GNO will provide suggestions to spark ideas for discovering what brings you joy. This is an opportunity to rediscover new and old strengths and interests. This is for individuals new to the activity or experienced. If participating in multiple events feels overwhelming or you don't know if this is for you, take one step at a time. You can participate in a way that is most comfortable and works for you. GNO will provide ideas, support, and often structure activities but we want YOU to share your interests and strengths! We want you to share what makes you happy. Discover, engage, create, and connect with GNO! Try it for the joy it brings!

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Last modified: Jul 20, 2021
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