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 follows the structure of the Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT®) program, which attempts to change how residents with chemical-dependency issues make decisions and judgments by raising moral reasoning. MRT is a systematic, step-by-step education strategy to enhance self image; promote growth of a positive, productive identity; and facilitate the development of higher stages of moral reasoning.
Residents are screened prior to admission and may be assigned to participate in this part of the program. In addition, during the resident’s stay, should the treatment team become aware of the potential for benefit from participation in this part of the program, residents will be assigned to participate in the group. Generally, the group members are those who have an identified drug and/or alcohol diagnosis on their treatment plan.
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.
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:
- Safety as the overarching goal (helping residents attain safety in their relationships, thinking, behavior, and emotions).
- Integrated treatment (working on both PTSD and substance abuse at the same time.
- A focus on ideals to counteract the loss of ideals in both PTSD and substance abuse.
- Four content areas: cognitive, behavioral, interpersonal, and case management.
- Attention to clinician processes ( helping clinicians work on countertransference, self-care and other issues).
Patients often need to develop specific skills to adjust to their environment. Training is periodically offered in areas such as:
- Stress management
- Anger control training
- Social skills
- Life skills
- Leisure activities
- Sexual issues