Our group program includes a range of therapeutic and activity groups using open discussion, arts-based, patient educational formats. The group schedule is posted in the hallway on the bulletin board across from the nurses station.
Our hope is that patients find the group program helpful during their stay on the unit. Group therapy can provide a sense of structure and an emotionally safe place to talk about what is going on. In group therapy, members can give each other support and insight, and experience acceptance.
We understand that each individual on the unit is here for their own unique reasons. We do not require group attendance, but the group process can help to increase a sense of empowerment.
To provide a cohesive environment, group members are encouraged to stay throughout the group meeting. In the situations that lead to leaving the room, please try to exit quietly to not disturb the group in progress.
To fully benefit from the group, members are asked to please restrain from side conversations, which can be both distracting and disruptive.
We ask that food or open beverages are not brought into the group. If a beverage is needed, please have a cap or a lid to reduce the likelihood of any spills.
Encourages patients to express and understand emotions through artistic expression and the creative process.
Challenges and Goals Group
Offers patients a structured setting in which to set self-direction and thereby increase their engagement in treatment.
Patients learn how to shift distorted thinking with positive reframing.
Provides an opportunity to develop and enrich patients’ sense of being part of the community versus being isolated in a nonresponsive environment. Environmental responses can assist patients in reducing a sense of helplessness and hopelessness.
Patients are encouraged to share dilemmas and strategies from their own experience. This group often focuses on creating healthy boundaries and components of healthy relationships.
Assists patients to learn to identify and express their strengths and vulnerabilities in a nonverbal manner via experiential activities. Medium explored include assertiveness, boundaries, and appropriate expression of emotional states.
This group is designed to offer patients an alternative means of expression through structured writing themes and exercises.
Discussion is initiated regarding the stigma surrounding mental illness, including causes and effects, and the ways to cope with and decrease stigma.
In this informal gathering, patients exchange ideas, information, and suggestions on needs, problems, subjects, etc., of mutual interest.
This group initiates discussion regarding how individuals are affected by two separate illnesses, how the illnesses may exacerbate each other, and how symptoms can overlap and even mask each other, making diagnosis and treatment more difficult.
A variety of techniques are explored to express feelings and conflicts in a nonverbal manner and to connect with peers through group and individual projects and enable the patient to experience support in this process.
The purpose of the family issues group is to provide a time for patients to process issues related to their family relationships and how they impact their hospitalization. Other agendas may include ways to cope with stressful family situations or a discussion of specific family-related themes.
The purpose of the games group is to provide a relaxed, semi-structured environment for socialization and increased cohesion between patients. This environment may help patients to develop their awareness of the benefit of playful social contact.
This group is designed to promote a sense of physical well-being through participation in a variety of gym/fitness-based activities. Patients have an opportunity to engage in and lead games, exercises, and cardiovascular exercise.
The healthy living group provides tips for good eating and ideas for self-improvement in body, mind, and spirit.
This is a didactic and discussion group run by the nursing staff. This group focuses on basic information about medication use.
During meditation, patients focus attention and eliminate the stream of jumbled thoughts that may be crowding the mind and causing stress. This process may result in enhanced physical and emotional well-being.
Open Art Studio
This group offers patients opportunities to practice self-assessment by choosing whatever medium and method would be useful in the moment.
Patients practice mindful awareness to foster increased awareness of triggers, destructive habitual patterns, and “automatic” reactions that seem to control many of our lives.
The goal of the group is to allow patients to establish goals they feel they must meet before they can transition safely. Topics include the creation of a safety plan, including contact people, and symptom management.
The safety planning intervention is a collaborative effort between a treatment team and a patient. The basic steps of a safety plan include recognizing the warning signs of an impending suicidal crisis, using coping strategies, and identifying contacts who may help to resolve the crisis.
This group provides opportunities to address issues of self-esteem in a group context. Patients will develop appropriate ways of altering old thought patterns into healthy positive affirmations that will enhance a sense of self. Peer support may aid in reframing negative beliefs that impact self-perception.
Stress is a part of everyday life for everyone. Identifying stressors and responses can help design individual strategies for coping. Although stress is not itself a symptom of a specific disorder, it has the potential to worsen symptoms and make it difficult to focus on treatment and recovery.
The symptom management group is intended to help patients gain a clearer picture of their symptoms, learn to better track and manage their symptoms, and share challenges and successes they have encountered.
In this group, we address wellness issues in a supportive, safe, and nonthreatening environment. We also promote cohesiveness and an atmosphere that will encourage examination of self-care and wellness issues in the patient’s life.
This staff-led fresh air break is for interested patients who have Level 2 privileges.
This group helps patients have safe closure on their day. Goals include assessing community dynamics and allowing staff to address questions and/or tensions between community members before ending the day’s programming.
This group is based on basic principles of connecting breathing with simple yoga postures. The main objective is to help participants feel comfortable in their bodies. We focus on breathing, movement, strengthening, stretching, and resting.