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Group Therapy

The Community Reintegration Program focuses on Therapeutic and Educational Groups as the primary mode of treatment. The groups we offer change periodically based on input from staff and patients. These groups currently are available:

Anger Management

Patients learn to identify triggers of anger and how to manage anger in a way that is healthy and does not lead to aggression. 

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Cognitive Behavioral: Therapy Skills

Patients learn how to catch negative thoughts that trigger emotions and behaviors that often become problems. By challenging these thoughts they learn to change those thoughts, and their resulting harmful or problematic feelings and behaviors.

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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: Group Therapy

This group teaches patient how to use (or how they can use) the skills they learned in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Skills Group. Different strategies are practiced, including "Thought Logs," identifying common unhelpful thought patterns, and continued use of the "3-Cs" - catching, checking and challenging automatic negative thoughts. 

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Communication Skills

Patients learn how to improve communication by identifying communication styles and practicing effective ways to identify and express needs.

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Community Meeting

Patients are encouraged to share their questions, concerns, suggestions, and any issues that relate to Community Reintegration.

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Community Skills

Patients identify skills they need to learn or practice in the community, like shopping or taking public transportation. Short trips enable patients to practice these skills.

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Current Events

Patients are encouraged to become more aware of the world around them, to develop interests, and be more comfortable conversing about current issues, events and topics in social settings.

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Emotion Regulation

Based on the notion that we all experience emotions that may sometimes feel overwhelming, this group helps patients become more aware of the emotions they experience, and learn skills to help manage emotions in a way that is healthy and productive.

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Exercise Group

Given the important connection between physical and mental health, this group offers patients the opportunity to engage in moderate physical activity - adjusted to their comfort level and ability - in a supportive setting.  Exercise may include walking, exercise videos, and stretching.

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Games

A group designed for patients to learn social skills through games and fun activities.

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Group Therapy

Patients focus on current problems and how to solve them.  They get support while also learning from the experiences of others.

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Leisure Group

This group stimulates patients' creativity while assessing attention, individual interests, motivation, initiative, and problem solving. Activities focus on accomplishing goals and on being more productive at home and in community.

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Medication and Diagnosis Education

Group members learn about psychiatric medications and issues that affect how medications work (such as dealing with missing doses of meds and side effects).  They also learn about various psychiatric diagnoses and symptoms.

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Mindfulness Skills

Patients learn the skills of mindfully and intentionally focusing their attention on one thing at a time. Doing so teaches how to tolerate uncomfortable moments, feelings and thoughts without engaging in behaviors that could be unhealthy or harmful.

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Music Therapy

A group focused on insight and change. Music is used to develop insight and/or increase awareness into how each participant's illness and their behaviors impact daily functioning and relationships.

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Newsletter Group

Patients write in journals, write poetry, and work on 2-dimensional artwork. These activities focus on personal issues, treatment goals, feelings, and general topics of interest. The goal is to promote self-expression, internal organization, and effective communication. Outcome is a monthly newsletter.

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Self-Expression

Patients are encouraged to share interests, ideas, and ways to demonstrate that they are unique and interesting individuals. They learn that there is more to them than being a patient in a therapy program.

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Social Skills

The purpose of this group is to identify patients' strengths and challenges in social interactions. Patients learn and practice skills to work towards a healthier and more fulfilling social life, including personal, professional, community and treatment relationships. Patients are encouraged to bring real-life examples to discuss in group in order to best address their current needs.

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Stress Management

Group members learn and practice various stress management techniques.

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Symptom Management

This structured group is designed to educate patients about their psychiatric symptoms, how symptoms affect their daily life, and ways to manage these symptoms.

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Weekend Planning / Goal Setting

Weekends may present a challenge to patients, including lack of structured plans, fear of symptom emergence, and decreased support. In this group, patients are encouraged to process these concerns and problem-solve together. Patients also identify structured weekend plans and develop short- and long-term goals, with the help and support of staff and fellow patients.

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Weekend Review

Patients review the plans they made for the prior weekend, and discuss how they cared for themselves, how they spent their time, what they enjoyed, and what they would do differently in the future. Patients also make treatment goals for the program day.

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Alumni Group Therapy

Depending on their treatment focus while in the Community Reintegration Program, some former patients may participate in the Alumni Group Therapy. This group meets once a week on an outpatient basis, and offers alumni the chance to process current issues as they continue to reintegrate into their community life.

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