Substance Abuse Groups

First Steps (Motivational) - Age 17+,  SA, Monday 5:30-7:00 p.m.
Assists clients in identifying and assessing patterns of use. Group members are encouraged to openly explore current behaviors, potential obstacles, and desired outcomes in efforts to recognize current placement in the process of change. 

Relapse Prevention Therapy - Age 17+, SA, Monday 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Discussion-based group provides the tools necessary for effective relapse/lapse prevention planning from early to late recovery.

LIFE CHOICES Group, Tuesday 5:30-7:00 p.m.
In the life choices group our main choices will be on decision making. We will discuss decision making by focusing on mindfulness, developing and utilizing coping skills and discussing emotion regulation and boundary setting along with focusing on personal boundary setting, connectedness and keeping an open mind.

SELF-EMPOWERMENT Group ,Tuesday 7:00-8:30 p.m.
In the Self-empowerment group we will discuss communication skills. We will discuss communication by focusing on relationships, team building and identifying support systems. We will also focus on procrastination, supports systems and identifying and stopping negative thoughts while focusing on personal strengths.

Self-Esteem Group - Age 17+,  SA, Thursday 5:30-7:00 p.m.
Assists individuals in recognizing personal strengths and areas which may require improvement. Clients are provided education on the complexities of self-esteem from early to late recovery.

Family & Relationships Group - Age 17+, SA ,Thursday 7:00-8:30 p.m.

Assists clients in identifying the tools necessary to repair and improve interpersonal relationships and communication from early to late recovery. Provides education on the importance of creating and extending sober support networks.

LGBTQ Group - Age 18+, MISA, Wednesday @ 5:30 p.m.
Lesbian, Gay, Transgender/Transsexual, Bisexual, Gay, LGBTQ Allies & Family Members welcome. Provides a safe place to talk for mental health and substance abuse clients. Assists clients in reducing stigma, identifying where they are in the process of change, increasing feelings of self acceptance and empowerment, and exploring tough issues within the community.

EXCEL Program, Age 17+, SA,Tuesdays 4:00-5:00 p.m.- starts second Tuesday of every month
Early intervention program for first time offenders
Program Format: Assessment/Chemical Screening, and Group Counseling
Provides individuals with the tools in identifying dangerous use patterns. 

Special Programs Groups

ANAD Eating Disorder Support Group, First Tuesday of every month 6:30 p.m.

National Association of Anorexia Nervosa & Associated Disorders Support Group

Anxiety & Depression Group, Tuesdays 12:00 - 1:30 p.m.

Learn skills to overcoming your anxiety and depression, allowing you to make significant progress in the betterment of your daily life.

Grief Group, Tuesdays 4:00 - 5:30 p.m.

For individuals who are struggling with immanent loss such as being close to someone diagnosed with a terminal illness or the failing health or death of a loved one.

Adult DBT Group, Tuesdays 7:30 - 8:30 p.m.

This group will focus on intensive teaching of DBT skills (mindfulness, interpersonal effectiveness, emotional regulation and distress tolerance) in order to supplement the client's individual therapy.

Emotional Eating Group, Thursdays 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

What is emotional eating?  Consuming large quantities of food, usually "comfort" or junk foods, in response to feelings instead of hunger. 

Eating Disorders and Body Image Group, Thursdays 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

This group utilizes Acceptance and Commitment for body image concerns, including mindfulness, acceptance and value based behavior change, as well as psychological flexibility strategies.

Family Support Group, Thursdays 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

This group is designed to focus on family dynamics and/or patterns that both hinder and support recovery.  Topics that will be covered include communication, boundaries, and roles in families.  This group will provide a safe forum for families to support each other and gain information.

 

 

Community Support Program Groups

Groups meet at the Ben Gordon Community Support Campus at 631 South 1st Street.  More information can be obtained by calling 815-756-8501

 Art Therapy (Wednesdays 1-2 pm)  Group Description: Through the use of the book, projects have been done by individuals who experience illness, trauma or challenges in living, and by people who seek personal development. Through creating art and reflecting on the art products and processes, people can increase awareness of self and others cope with symptoms, stress and traumatic experiences; enhance cognitive abilities; and enjoy the life-affirming pleasures of making art. 

Get Inspired! (Wednesdays 9-10 am)  Group Description: In Get Inspired! Motivational Interviewing is used with the clients in order to provide them an empathic but directive approach in which the counselor provides feedback that is intended to strengthen and consolidate the client's commitment to change and promote a sense of self-efficacy. Clients will attempt to increase their awareness of the potential problems caused, consequences experienced, and risks faced as a result of the behaviors that cause them do become unmotivated. The purpose of this group in to increase individuals’ motivation for change and to be able to recognize behavior that may cause one to become unmotivated.


Anger Management (Wednesdays 11-12 pm)  Group Description: This group is geared toward helping clients with anger management skills building in order to assist the client with the development of functional, interpersonal, family, coping, and community living skills that are negatively impacted by the client's struggles with anger. This group provides clients with an overview of anger management treatment, events and cues to anger, anger control plans, education about the aggression cycle, cognitive restructuring, assertiveness and the conflict resolution model, how anger relates to family dynamics, and reviews of all topics covered. In this group clients will learn how to manage their anger effectively, stop violence or the threat of violence, develop self-control over thoughts and actions, and receive support from others. 

Communications (Wednesdays 12-1 pm)  Group Description: This group is geared toward helping clients with communications skills building in order to assist the client with the development of functional, interpersonal, family, coping, and community living skills that are negatively impacted by the client's struggles with effective communication. This group provides clients with: the basics of listening, giving and getting feedback, education about noise pollution, listening to learn, listening to decide, and listening to enable. This group also provides clients with education and practical application of 5 skills areas: verbal and nonverbal communication behaviors, starting a friendly conversation, keeping a friendly conversation going, ending a conversation pleasantly, and putting it all together.

Symptom Management (Thursdays 10-11 am)  Group Description: This group is geared toward helping clients with symptom management skills building in order to assist the client with the development of functional, interpersonal, family, coping, and community living skills that are negatively impacted by the client's struggles with effectively managing their thoughts, emotions, and behaviors as a result of their psychiatric symptoms. This group addresses distress tolerance skills (understanding, accepting, improving and tolerating distress); mindfulness skills; emotion regulation skills; and basic interpersonal
effectiveness skills. In this group, clients are assisted with the development of a crisis management plan and with learning the identification of risk factors related to relapse and the development of relapse prevention plans and strategies as they relate to the clients symptoms.

Assertiveness (Fridays 11-12 pm)  Group Description: This group is geared toward helping clients with assertiveness skills building in order to assist the client with the development of functional, interpersonal, family, coping, and community living skills that are negatively impacted by the client's struggles with effective assertion. This group provides clients with information about assertiveness – what it is, what stops them from being assertive and how to become more assertive. Topics include: what is assertiveness?, how to recognize assertive behavior, how to think more assertively, how to behave more assertively, reducing physical tension, how to say “no” assertively, how to deal assertively with criticism, how to deal with disappointment assertively, how to give and receive compliments assertively, and putting it all together.


Self-Esteem: (Mondays 1-2 pm)  Group Description: This group is to assist clients with the identification of individual strengths, resources, preferences and choices. This group is focused on understanding of self-esteem by identifying positive traits and talents about self, developing a consistent and positive self-image by identifying accomplishments and statements of self-acceptance. This group also focuses on conquering self-doubt, seeing your core worth, body appreciation.

Women/ Men Fitness Groups (Mondays 9-11 am)  Group Description: The community support program staff assists the clients with building and developing a healthy life style, promote wellness and develop positive coping skills through physical fitness. At the YMCA, the group indulges in group physical activities that require low to moderate participation and exercising such as walking laps around the track, running, jogging, stretching, indoor cycling, yoga, and weight lifting. Group members are also encouraged to participate in-group activity such as sports games, basketball and Frisbee toss, to help them develop social, communication, and problem solving skills.


Setting Limits and Boundaries (Thursdays 1-2 pm)  Group Description: The individuals in this group have difficulties in setting and maintaining appropriate social, relational, emotional, and physical boundaries with others. Group will read through each chapter of boundaries and share real-world examples including issues clients are currently going through or struggling with. The group assists clients in identifying unhealthy boundaries and learns how to set new, healthier boundaries.


Healthy Eating and Living (Mondays 11-12 pm)  Group Description: This group is geared toward helping clients with improving eating habits and creating a healthy lifestyle. This group provides clients with: education about nutrition and diabetes, and the 6 aspects to having a healthy lifestyle. This group also provides clients practical application of healthy eating through education about recipes, cooking, and preparing healthy, balanced, nutritious meals.

Attacking Anxiety (Wednesdays 1-2 pm)  Group Description: This group addresses anxiety tolerance skills such as, understanding, accepting, and managing their anxiety symptoms due to their diagnosis of Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Social Phobia, or Panic Disorder. This group addresses mindfulness skills; emotion regulation skills; and cognition skills. In this group, clients are assisted with learning the identification of risk factors related to relapse and the development of relapse prevention plans and strategies as they relate to the clients symptoms. Topics include: what is social anxiety? Calming techniques, thinking-feeling connection, unhelpful thinking styles, detective work and disputation, and self-management.


Thoughts and Feelings (Tuesdays 9-10 am)  Group Description: This group is geared toward helping clients with connecting thoughts to feelings. This group provides clients with information on how to identify and understand the connection between thoughts and feelings. The topics include: relaxation, worry control, coping with panic, ending depression, getting mobilized, stopping unwanted thoughts, changing your habits, overcoming phobias, problem solving, changing limited thinking, stress inoculation, testing core beliefs, controlling anger, and healing your past.


Symptoms of Schizophrenia (Thursdays 2-3 pm)  Group Description: This group is directed toward helping clients manage their symptoms of Schizophrenia through skill building activities in order to assist the clients in the development of functional, family, interpersonal, coping, and community living skills that are negatively impacted by the client’s symptoms of mental illness. This group also assists clients in the development of a crisis management plan and relapse prevention plan. This group provides psycho education on the symptoms of Schizophrenia and is geared to normalize client’s experiences with this mental illness. The group provides an opportunity for clients to share their symptoms in a safe environment while processing early warning signs to relapse, developing healthy activities/structured daily schedule, learning positive coping skills, and utilizing reality-testing techniques.

Build Me Up (Fridays 9-10 am)  Group Description: This group is directed toward helping clients manage their depression through skill building activities in order to assist the clients in the development of functional, family, interpersonal, coping, and community living skills that are negatively impacted by the client’s symptoms of mental illness. This group provides psycho education on symptoms of depression, identification of thoughts vs. feelings, and utilizes the ABC model in CBT to help clients restructure their thought processes to confront depressive thinking errors and improve overall functioning. Clients will learn how to develop balanced thoughts that promote improved self-image, increased motivation, and increased desire to engage in positive activities.


Music Appreciation (Tuesdays 11:30-12 pm)  Group Description: This group is intended to assist clients in utilizing music as a coping tool for any time during their daily lives. This group provides clients with the opportunity to share their interests, find new artists who they have not heard before, and recognize the impact that certain songs and their lyrics can have on them. Clients learn and practice utilizing appropriate communication skills and express their emotions throughout group as they identify what each song means to them and identify different aspects such as the instruments used.


Job Readiness (Thursdays 9-10 am)  Group Description: This group is intended to assist clients in preparing and finding competitive employment out in the community. Employment has been proven to be large part of assisting clients in improving their mental health. This group provides clients with the tools to help build their job skills including writing resumes, interviewing, and any other necessary skills that would be needed to help achieve employment out in the community. Clients discuss current job openings, address concerns, and participate in skill building activities throughout group.


WRAP (Tuesdays 10-11:30 am)  Group Description: WRAP was developed by individuals who have been faced with mental health challenges. The goal is to identify Wellness Tools that will help you in the recovery process. You will be educated on how to utilize these tools and implement them when you are struggling with feelings/emotions. WRAP promotes balance and it is completely developed by you! Key elements of WRAP reviewed in this group: Wellness Toolbox, Daily Maintenance Plan, Identifying Triggers and an Action Plan, Identifying Early Warning Signs and an Action Plan, Identifying When Things Are Breaking Down and an Action Plan, Crisis Planning, Post Crisis Planning.

 

Adult Groups

 

 

Child and Adolescent Groups

Adolescent Substance Abuse Group, Mondays  6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

 

Autism Spectrum Disorders and Asperger’s Disorder Group, Tuesdays 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Strategies, Resources and Support for parents of children and teens with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Asperger’s Disorder.  Split into two groups – Middle Schoolers and High Schoolers

 

Building Change, Wednesdays TBA

 

NSSI for Adolescents, starts the first Wednesday of March, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

This group is for all adolescents who are struggling with issues related to Self Injury.