Treatment University Groups
Here are some example treatment university groups.
This elective group is an evidence based practice that follows the manual “Anger Management for Substance Abuse and Mental Health Clients”. 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.
Community Meeting (Gender Specific)
This group is designed to be a positive starting point for each client’s day. Clients are encouraged to state a goal for the day, things they are grateful for, and/or how they are feeling. In addition, clients can comment on a daily meditation reading and thank other residents for good things they have done. Contingency Management prizes are drawn during this group time.
The Core Group is offered 5 days per week and number of days attended is based upon clients’ needs and level of care. It consists of two parts:
- 2 hours where clients meet as a group with their primary LAC and clients have an opportunity to address their issues, concerns, and successes all related to treatment and recovery while in a supportive group of peers. Clients share and review individual assignments, participate in psycho-education on various topics related to the disease concept, relapse prevention, etc., and/or process here and now issues.
- 1 Hour consists of education and/or processing depending upon the scope of practice of the practitioner. A Nurse (RN/LPN), Mental Health Professional (LP/LPCC), or Case Manager (LCSW/LSW) each present 1 or 2 days per week on their area of expertise. Clients learn and/or share about issues related to the effects of substance use/abuse on their bodies including discussion of HIV/Aids, TB, STD’s, etc., mental health conditions/co-occurring disorders including the importance of medication compliance, and/or are provided case management and recovery environment information/skills building such as that related to housing, job seeking/maintenance skills, budgeting, accessing outside services, etc.
Distress Tolerance Skills
This elective group utilizes skills found in the DBT skills book; however, DBT is designed to target individuals with the chronic life management deficits that often result from personality disorders. Specifically, this group builds skills in tolerating distress.
HIR Group (Saturday)
This group is for clients in High Intensity Residential Treatment and is 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. The group can provide feedback and to support one another in a safe environment. Time is also spent planning and structuring the upcoming weekend. Alternatively, Psycho-education may be provided depending upon the scope of practice and expertise of the staff member leading the group.
Intro to Family
This elective group is for clients in any level of care who have significant relationships, 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 during this group, only group members. 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.
Men in Recovery (Gender Specific)
This elective process group will focus on topics that men struggle with in early recovery, such as masculinity, shame, violence, expressing emotions, and sexual issues.
NA Basic Text Study
This group explores a multitude of topics stemming from reading the Narcotics Anonymous Basic Text. It takes a unique way of looking at the NA Service Symbol (Our Symbol), the 12 Steps of NA, the 12 Traditions of NA, Fellowship, sponsorship, and service work. Group participants read out of the book and then process with group members their thoughts.
Substances and the Body
This information is incorporated into the Core group and provided by nursing staff. In this group, clients will learn about HIV and risk reduction (effects of alcohol & other drugs, personal behaviors, & combination of risky behavior and substance abuse), STI’s, drug and alcohol use during pregnancy, hepatitis, tuberculosis, and mental health medications and their role in recovery.
This information is incorporated into the Core groups each week and is designed to introduce psychoeducational topics to clients. Some topics include: learning what chemical dependency is, understanding how chemical dependency affects one’s life, and learning healthy coping skills to maintain sobriety.
Recovery Essentials Group
This Group Is Primarily Directed to Those Individuals in High Intensity Residential Treatment. This group uses the Matrix Treatment Manual as an instruction guide to recovery, especially in its early stages. It places a heavy emphasis on developing recovery skills to resolve problems and issues the individual would likely experience in recovery. It is important to remember that these skills are something that can be developed and used for a lifetime of sobriety. Some of the topics covered are: triggers and cravings, relationships in recovery, 12 step/other mutual support groups, resolving anger, family support, emotions and feelings, anticipating/ preventing relapse and other recovery skills important to continued sobriety.
This group is for clients in High Intensity Residential Treatment and is designed to show clients that they can have fun in sobriety. Clients and/or staff choose an activity each week and are chaperoned by staff to this activity.
Seeking Safety is a 6 week group that focuses on the co-occurrence of PTSD and substance use disorders. It includes basic education about both diagnoses as well as skills to manage acute symptoms (grounding, boundary setting, safety plans, etc.). Seeking Safety stresses the importance of physical and emotional safety in the healing process.
Shame In Recovery
This group is 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 client’s ability to experience courage, compassion, and connections
This group is focused on expanding individual spiritual development. It is not based on religion. However, some individuals might find religion is a strong component to their spiritual beliefs. It is built on the concept of the Japanese proverb, “there are many pathways to the top of the mountain but the view from the top is the same”. They individuals in the group are encouraged to explore the spiritual side of their beliefs and values. Individual beliefs are explored and shared with other group members. Everyone’s belief is respected, including those that are not spiritually minded. Addiction disconnects the individual from themselves, from family, their environment and from their higher power. Spirituality is about reconnecting to what’s important in the individual’s life. The group explores the individual’s experiences with happenings beyond human knowledge and understanding.
Substances and the Body
This class walks through the human brain; how it functions, and addiction and the human brain. You will learn specifically how about the addiction of alcohol, marijuana, synthetics, stimulants, and opiates, and how these all affect the human body. This class is taught through PowerPoints, videos, worksheets, and games.
This elective group consists of the clients completing steps 1 and 2, as identified by the Narcotics Anonymous Step Working Guide, and sharing them with the group for the purpose of identifying the process of the 12 step lifestyle and processing with the guidance of a Licensed professional.
This elective group is an orientation group to the facility, staff, and the roles they have at ShareHouse in addition to skills needed to benefit from group psychoeducation and treatment. The group also covers appropriate and inappropriate behaviors in group treatment. The clients are encouraged to ask questions about treatment rules and the general questions they are pondering as they enter treatment.
The First 164 Group
This group explores the first 164 pages of the book Alcoholics Anonymous. It is a study group in which sections of the first 164 pages are read and discussed. The discussion is focused on how the concepts presented in the book relates to modern day addiction and recovery. The book discusses the experience behind the concepts of the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous. Although the readings pertain to Alcoholics Anonymous, the concepts presented can and are being applied to any drug and many behavioral addictions.
Thinking For Change (Gender Specific)
This elective group is an integrated, cognitive behavioral change program that includes cognitive restructuring, social skills development, and development of problem solving skills.
Women In Recovery (Gender Specific)
This elective group is a gender specific group that focuses on four areas of a women’s life that have been identified as areas of concern in recovery. Curriculum is based on Stephanie Covington’s book and workbook ‘Helping Women Recover’ and focuses on self, relationships, sexuality, and spirituality.