These groups are facilitated by Masters-Level therapists and occur six times weekly. The groups focus on issues that patients can address in a group setting. In some groups, patients are divided by gender, and use a specific curriculum to address issues that are pertinent to their gender and identity.

Our groups include:

This group is held weekly to review the specific steps of the Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) and how to progress. The group also focuses on brainstorming on new ideas to prevent relapse. Staff facilitating this group follow the Wellness Recovery Action Plan steps and/or talk about areas relating to prevention of relapse.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a cognitive behavioral treatment that was originally developed to treat chronically suicidal individuals it is also effective with substance dependence, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. This group is focused on enhancing capabilities by teaching behavioral skills. The group is run like a class where the group facilitator teaches the skills and assigns homework for residents to practice using the skills in their everyday lives.
Residents who are not assigned to participate in MRT will attend this group. This group is designed to educate the residents about specific drugs and their effects on society. It is also designed to help residents understand the behaviors associated with chemical dependency.
This group encourages patients to establish a weekly goal according to their treatment plan. Discussion takes place in a group setting, and patients set eight to 10 objectives associated with their goal. The objectives are specific and attainable daily tasks that the resident can do to achieve the goal.

An Objectives Group is held each morning for patients to share specific objectives they outlined in the Sunday Night Goals Group.

During the evening Wrap-Up Group, patients review their progress on daily objectives. They are encouraged to rate their success and discuss their progress in treatment.

This meeting gives patients the opportunity to discuss the treatment process, the program, and their concerns. This is also a time to suggest program alternatives.
Patients and staff play selected music, and share what they like and why. They discuss the effects (positive and negative) on their emotions and decisions. It also introduces other kinds of music to residents.
This group helps residents talk about and understand local and global current events.

A Behavioral Chain Analysis (BCA) is a DBT-based skill that can help residents address ineffective interpersonal behaviors. In order to assist the residents in discovering these behaviors and understanding the trigger(s) for these behaviors, they complete a BCA worksheet. The BCA worksheets are designed for daily use by the residents to chart what happened in a situation and discover areas they need to adjust to make effective choices for their lives.

This group is designed to educate the resident about a BCA and the process for completing the worksheets effectively. Staff will assist the residents in understanding, in more depth, the BCA's they have completed in the past week.

Seeking safety is a present-focused treatment for residents with a history of trauma and substance abuse. Seeking Safety focuses on coping skills and psychoeducation and has five key principles:

  1. Safety as the overarching goal (helping residents attain safety in their relationships, thinking, behavior, and emotions).
  2. Integrated treatment (working on both PTSD and substance abuse at the same time.
  3. A focus on ideals to counteract the loss of ideals in both PTSD and substance abuse.
  4. Four content areas: cognitive, behavioral, interpersonal, and case management.
  5. Attention to clinician processes ( helping clinicians work on countertransference, self-care and other issues).
This educational group teaches patients about life skills and decisions that occur as they get closer to adulthood. Some topics covered in this group include: money management, job skills, diet and nutrition, personal grooming, and clothing care.
This group is run by a registered nurse and covers topics such as medication information, symptom management, hygiene, and other medical/health topics.
Cultural awareness and sensitivity is very important. This group focuses on different cultures and understanding how they live, conduct their affairs, and handle issues.

Patients often need to develop specific skills to adjust to their environment. Training is periodically offered in areas such as:

  • Assertiveness
  • Stress management
  • Anger control training
  • Social skills
  • Life skills
  • Nutrition
  • Leisure activities
  • Sexual issues
  • Cooking