Treatment Mall Specialty Groups
Here are some example treatment mall groups.
Activity Process (Gender Specific)
Activity Process Group is a weekly group for men to discuss issues of concern to them, as well as introduce participants to some fun/healthy ways to deal with those issues. This group will use activities as a means to process a variety of things that can be difficult for men to discuss, such as issues with their father or fears of being a father, ethical questions, dealing with loss and forgiveness, and the impact music plays in their lives.
This group is an evidence based practice that follows the manual “Anger Management for Substance Abuse and Mental Health Clients”. It is produced by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The topics covered in this group are an overview of anger management, events and cues, anger control plans, cognitive restructuring, assertiveness training, and anger and the family.
Beyond Trauma (Gender Specific)
Beyond Trauma is an experiential psycho-educational program based upon Stephanie Covington’s gender informed curriculum and Francine Shapiro’s science-validated approach towards healing small and large trauma. During the 12-sessions participants will explore a variety of topics. What is trauma? How has trauma impacted my life? What can I do to effectively cope? Exploring these questions, and others, supports movement beyond trauma.
Cognitive Restructuring (Gender Specific)
Cognitive Restructuring is designed to help people examine their thinking process and how it leads to risky behavior. Group activities consist of thinking reports, which break down situations by those thoughts, feelings, attitudes, and beliefs that result in negative outcomes, and development of cognitive interventions to flip the script on those outcomes. The facilitator also uses various worksheets, activities, and videos designed to lead the participant to discovery of underlying attitudes and beliefs that result in risk, which is defined as any thought, feeling, attitude, and belief which results in behavior which is hurtful, harmful, dangerous, or destructive to the person or someone else.
Connections (Gender Specific)
Connections is a group based on the Shame-Resilience Theory and the “Connections Curriculum” by Brene Brown. This group is designed to help those in recovery to recognize and understand shame in order to create their own resilience to shame. Shame resilience will be created through development of authenticity, love and belonging, and a resilient spirit to increase the client’s ability to experience courage, compassion, and connections.
Co-Occurring Depression & Anxiety Management
Anxiety management group: in this group we focus on the creative and sustaining factors of anxiety. Group members look at how their anxiety problems developed and what is maintaining those anxiety symptoms. Treatment focuses on the understanding of these factors and relevant treatment interventions including cognitive behavioral interventions and exposure therapies. We also explore the interaction between substance abuse problems and anxiety disorders.
This group is geared toward individuals who struggle with major depressive disorder and related diagnoses. The group is based in cognitive-behavioral theory and material from Dennis Greenberger’s book “Mind Over Mood” is often presented. Group members receive psycho-education regarding the etiology, symptoms, and treatment of depression. They learn to identify early warning signs of depression and skills to intervene early. Behavioral activation techniques, creating daily schedules, and challenging depressed thinking are some of the core skills developed.
Co-Occurring Education & Skills
This group is designed to address issues unique to those who have been identified as having both a chemical dependency as well as a mental health diagnosis. Group members learn how mental illnesses such as anxiety and depression impact recovery from chemical dependency. They learn basic emotion regulation skills and distress tolerance skills that are absent or have eroded over years of substance use. Basic biology of both addiction and mental illness is covered with stress placed on the behavioral and emotional outcomes of the interaction between the two. Group members have the opportunity to receive support from peers and work in small groups.
Co-Occurring Recovery Life Skills
Co-Occurring Recovery Life Skills is a group that will be provided to clients with co-occurring disorders who need to learn about skills and resources available to them to aide in both their sobriety and stability of their mental health. This group is ideal for individuals that have made a commitment to sobriety and want to learn new life skills and set some goals to support this lifestyle change. This group will focus on mental health needs and how to achieve a healthy quality of life. Some of the topics for this group are as follows (but not limited to): Medications (how to ask appropriate questions of PCP), how to gain support for mental health needs, triggers for mental health, stabilization of mental health, shame surrounding mental health, and assertiveness skills in asking for help.
Family & Recovery
ShareHouse Family and Recovery group is for any person in any level of care who has completed the Introduction to Family group. This group is more extensive than the introductory group and group members are encouraged to find meaning into their relationships, gain insight into their current and past relationships, and find ways to have healthier relationships. Some common topics of group include (but are not limited to): making amends and forgiveness in families, communication, regaining trust, and many interactive activities based on family backgrounds.
The Family Education group is designed to educate family/loved one’s of someone who is in treatment by giving them a better understanding of addiction. It provides support for family/loved one’s who have a relationship with an addict.
Grief & Loss
Grief & Loss is designed to help individuals address unresolved loss/grief issues while in treatment. The focus of this group is on recovery from the unresolved emotional pain caused by death, divorce, and other losses. Recovery, in this group, means acquiring the skills to deal with loss directly, rather than masking or avoiding the emotional pain brought about by loss. The group is 1.5 hours in length, twice weekly, for a period of 6 weeks, and includes individual sessions.
Clients are educated on HIV and risk reduction (effects of alcohol & other drugs, personal behaviors, & combination of risky behavior and substance abuse), STI’s, drug and alcohol during pregnancy, hepatitis, tuberculosis, and mental health medications and their role in CD recovery.
Intro to Family
ShareHouse Introduction to Family group is for any person in any level of care who has significant relationships, which are of importance. It can be any relationship, such as a supervisor at work, co-workers, a sponsor, social support network, etc (not limited to familial relationships). Family or all other persons are not present; only members of this group are present. Members of this group will learn the effects of one’s chemical addiction on their relationships, discover how one’s family has played a role in addiction, and gain knowledge of why family involvement is very crucial to one’s recovery. Some common topics of group include family roles, enabling, boundaries, and repairing relationships.
Learning Sober Fun
A group designed to help clients learn how to have sober fun in our community. Clients in this group will go into the community to city parks, the Plains Art Museum, etc to find exciting sober activities that Fargo has to offer.
Men’s Group (Saturday)
Men’s Group is an open, process-oriented group designed to support and encourage continued sobriety during the treatment process. Time is spent discussing and processing weekly issues, situations or potential triggers that arise during early recovery. Participants will also discuss ways to problem solve situations. The group is able to provide feedback and to support one another in a safe environment. Additionally, time is spent planning and structuring the upcoming weekend.
Parenting group will be held twice weekly for 1 hour each session on Mondays and Tuesdays from 11-12. The group will include parents and/or pregnant women and will include the following topics for discussion: attachment; development; discipline; systems/dynamics; specific issues; role modeling; and family of origin influences.
Personal Recovery Planning
This group focuses clients on building a personal plan for their recovery. By the time a client completes this group, he or she will have a solid personal recovery plan that includes information in, but not limited to, the following areas: sober support, meetings, sponsorship, employment, safe housing, physical and mental health, finances, etc.
A group where all participants will learn the art of Qigong; breathing with intent and purpose.
This group is designed as a support for those who have stopped smoking or are trying to stop smoking. Some group topics include: meditation, development of coping skills to deal with urges/triggers to smoke, etc. Group discussion will cover dealing with struggles, urges, and coping skills used. Nicotine step 1-12, relapse skills, and the Mayo workbook for education will be used in the group.
A primary chemical dependency group designed to introduce evidence based practices to clients:
- Learn what chemical dependency is
- Understand how chemical dependency affects one’s life
- Learn healthy coping skills to maintain ongoing sobriety
This group focuses on recovery skills that are evidence based and introduced in Recovery Education. The main areas this group will cover are coping with cravings, challenging high-risk thinking, refusal skills, high-risk situations, SIDS, fire escape planning, and building support. This group also has clients keep a cravings log and complete a functional analysis of their recovery each week. The group uses role-playing often.
Recovery Skills in Action
This group will help the clients to address ongoing struggles they are having putting their relapse prevention skills into action within their daily lives. This group will supplement the education and skills the clients have already learned in the CD Education group and CD Skills group. This group will be interactive in that the clients will not only learn skills, but practice them in the group (role-playing, etc.). Clients will review how they are using their relapse prevention skills in their lives, what is working and what is not, in order to continue improving these skills. Topics that this group may include (but are not limited to) are: high-risk thinking, assertiveness skills, communication skills, and building sober support.
The goal of resolutions group is for clients to gain awareness into their addiction and move from the pre-contemplation or contemplation stages of change into the preparation stage of change. This group material is based on the TIP 35 manual: Enhancing Motivation for Change in Substance Abuse Clients and will use strategies that are non-confrontational.
State of Mind
State of Mind is based on the manual of “Integrating DBT with the Twelve Steps.” Some of the goals of the group are to teach clients to be in the present moment, use appropriate coping skills, increase interpersonal effectiveness, regulate emotions, and to live an engaging life in recovery. All of these goals will be worked on using DBT techniques along with integrating material from the 12-step program such as readings from the AA Big Book, NA Book, and/or other 12-step materials. Clients will also learn to use a variety of skills in times of distress and to recognize the usefulness of these skills in their recovery. Clients will practice these skills in group and with the use of worksheets, and they will continue to practice them in their daily environments.
The goal of this group is to gain an understanding of the importance of working the 12 steps. Some of the ideas clients will learn are: anonymity and confidentiality; discussion on what to expect in meetings; positions of 12 step programs with psychotherapy and medication; understanding spirituality; finding a home group; finding and working with a sponsor; working 12 steps and presenting 1-3 in group; 12 step recovery for young people/gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender people; non Christian faiths issues; members of minorities issues; jail or prison issues; women issues in 12 steps; and problems and solutions in early 12 step work.
Women’s Group (Saturday)
Women’s process group is an open process-oriented group designed to support and encourage continued sobriety during the treatment process. Time is spent discussing and processing weekly issues, situations or potential triggers that arise during early recovery. Participants will also discuss ways to problem solve situations. The group is able to provide feedback and to support one another in a safe environment. Additionally, time is spent planning and structuring the upcoming weekend.
Women’s Process (Gender Specific)
Women’s process group is an open, process-oriented group designed to support and encourage continued sobriety during the treatment process. Time is spent discussing and processing weekly issues, situations or potential triggers that arise during early recovery. Participants will also discuss ways to problem solve situations. The group is able to provide feedback and to support one another in a safe environment. Additionally, time is spent planning and structuring the upcoming weekend.