Mental Health Professionals blog

Group Therapy

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Here at Stairways’ Forensic Out-Patient clinic, all clients are required to complete at least one 8-12 week group, preferable shortly after the completion of the Intake process. Just like the camaraderie and strength in numbers found in AA meetings, many clients report  the feedback and support they receive from their peers in group plays a vital part in their individual journeys of recovery.

I run a weekly Men’s Issues Group, where the guys have an opportunity to discuss the ups and downs of their weeks, and how they navigate conflict, stress, decision-making and especially inter-personal relationships. We also look differences between men and women, such as innate brain differences which affect things like multi-tasking and listening skills. Finally, I gotta say that I continue to be impressed by the empathy, respect and support that our clients impart to each other on a daily basis.

Robert T. Ross, MSW LSW

Therapist, FOP clinic

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

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