Mental Health Professionals blog

Thinking for a change

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

“Thinking for a Change” is a program originally developed by the Department of Corrections Institute for state inmates. Members in this group learn various social skills, like identifying the emotions of others, being an active listener and how to respond to anger and how to apologize.

Members learn about the Conflict Cycle and use steps for problem solving using some Cognitive Behavioral techniques helping them to identify risky thoughts feelings and behaviors.  Members of this group complete a weekly "Thinking Reports" that helps them to assess a situation that has occurred during their week. The report helps the members recognize feelings during the situation, analyze the problem of the situation, and set goals to solve situation. 

Group members assert that this group helps them solve their problems in a pro-social manner. As one group member summed up, “Change your thinking, change your life".

Sarah Howard

Therapist, Forensic Clinic

Holistic Wellness

Monday, October 13, 2014

There are always many new things happening in the field of mental health. One of the most recent things that the Forensic Clinic is working on is having a holistic approach to approaching treatment needs. Recently in our General Mental Health Recovery and Wellness Group we have been discussing the importance of linking many systems together for a holistic approach to treatment.

These systems include many powerful supports for our clients; Blended Case Management services, Mobile Psychiatric Rehabilitation services, Homeless Case Managers, Probation/ Parole, Dual Diagnosis, Independent Living services, and many more. The idea that our clients need and receive a support team is nothing new to our field. The challenge has been linking each client to their own system to support them based on their own personal needs and desires.

Here at the FOPC, we will continue to link clients to the best possible systems to have wellness in their lives today.

Kari Thompson, LPC, CAADC

Impact Therapy

Monday, September 08, 2014

Have you ever felt motivated to change something about your life?  Last week, I was motivated to start lifting weights.  I felt great until the next morning when pain and stiffness woke me up.  I asked myself, “Do I really want to exercise?”  It hurts and it’s going to take work. 

Do you know how muscles grow?  They have to be broken down first.  Weightlifting causes muscle fibers to tear which ushers in a rebuilding process.  The muscle fibers repair themselves, building a stronger, bigger muscle.  But growth can’t happen unless the muscle is ‘changed’ through resistance.  The catch: Change is hard and people don’t change easily. 

I recently attended a DDAP training presented by Heidi O’Toole who introduced Impact Therapy.  Impact Therapy was developed by Ed Jacobs and is based on the premise that “people don’t change easily.”  The therapy recognizes that clients will struggle to change.  It offers counselors multi-sensory, concrete therapy strategies to help clients experientially envision change.  The Dual Clinic staff is committed to helping clients make changes to achieve their goals.  We are excited to make a stronger therapeutic ‘impact’ by welcoming the use of new skills and strategies.    

Krista Godlewski, BA

Stairways Behavioral Health Dual Clinic



Tina was pondering today...

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

I’m sure everyone has asked these questions of themselves at one time or another - Am I doing what I’m supposed to be doing?  Is this my place in life? Am I making a difference?

The answers to these questions come often in the most mysterious and unexpected ways. 

Yesterday I received a text from a number that I did not recognize and when I went to open it there was only an attachment.  The attachment opened up to a picture of a past client of mine standing on a hill covered in flowers, in front of a Montana highway sign, holding a hand- made sign that read:  I’ll never forget the hug and I am doing fine."

I knew at that moment that I am doing what I am supposed to be doing.   

Tina Loomis

Supervisor, Fairweather Lodge

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