Wekiva Springs Center recognizes the individual needs of the patient and strives to meet these needs by offering a variety of therapeutic groups. Each group is led by a trained staff member with experience regarding the topic. Groups cover a wide spectrum of mental health and substance abuse issues beneficial during treatment and recovery. Each unit has two scheduled therapy groups as well as recreational therapy which patients are encouraged to attend. The group therapy model is widely endorsed as an effective treatment in the initial stages of the patient’s journey back to health.
Below is a listing of the types of groups that can and have been offered. The listing is not all-inclusive, but an evolving list as patient needs arise. Population needs dictate types of groups offered.
Emotional Management Group: A cognitive/behavioral group that teaches effective strategies in dealing with anger, shame, guilt, disappointment, embarrassment and other negative emotions that trigger inappropriate behavior.
Living Skills Development Group: Focuses on the development of life skills, which help patients cope with life stressors in the family and community systems. Group exercises for skill development include interpersonal/social skills, anger management, and problem solving skills, feeling/emotions identification and processing, communication skills, self-awareness/self-esteem and behavior/impulse control.
Goal Setting Group: Explores the use of goals in the patient’s daily structure to provide direction and motivation. Daily goals are established that are attainable. Review of these goals at the end of the day helps provide positive support to enhance self-esteem when goals are accomplished and explore obstacles to goals that are not accomplished. The patient is responsible for setting the goals so that a sense of self-responsibility and ownership can be established.
Goal Process Group: Allows each patient to review goals of the day and report on completion. Problem solving skills are taught, and the patient receives feedback regarding goals from staff and peers. Led by an MHA.
Assertiveness/Boundaries Group: Concentrate on teaching patients how assert themselves in a healthy fashion, and to distinguish between assertiveness and aggressiveness. The goal is to enable the passive person to gain confidence and self-esteem by becoming more assertive, and to enable the aggressively destructive person to modify his or her behavior by becoming effectively assertive. Group discussion, role-playing, sharing of histories, and rehearsals of newly learned behaviors are used in the learning process.
Communication Skills Group: Focused on specific problems related to verbal and nonverbal communications. The general goals are to enhance self-reliance and personal confidence through increased skills in accurate and sensitive communication with others. Patients with admitted interpersonal relationship problems are most appropriate for these groups. Therapists often will use role play or have patients rehearse scenarios from their own backgrounds.
Community Group: Provided for all patients, and is designed to address only problems encountered in daily living on the unit, learning how to cope with rules and regulations, and increasing skills for handling the inevitable flare ups that occur in a close living situation. While all patients attend, participation is the patient’s individual decision. Patients may choose to elect officers, conduct their own meetings, help establish rules of order, and take major responsibility in resolving their own daily living problems, all under the direction of the MHA supervised by the clinical staff. No progress notes are required unless a patient demonstrates highly unusual behavior.
Discharge Planning Group: Helps the clinician begin the process of helping patients with empowerment for their continued success in the community. The discussion focuses on the importance of follow-up care which will correlate better outcomes and less chance of a relapse. Patients gain understanding of numerous choices of services to suit their specific needs.
Recreational Therapy/Leisure Counseling Group: Introduction to leisure time activities that teach the patient how to arrange time to allow for recreation, how to enjoy recreational activities, and how to creatively devise new recreational endeavors. Such groups afford patient the opportunity to sharpen their interaction skills and develop cooperative abilities.
Chemical Dependency (CD) Group: Conducted by an experienced clinician with dependency experience and explores the disease concept of alcoholism and chemical dependency. The physical, emotional and behavioral aspects of abuse/dependency are taught. The designed 12- step program used is the Recovery Dynamics Program.
Narcotics Anonymous Meeting (NA): When appropriate, patients attend an NA group on grounds. In this group individuals in recovery from drug dependency present their “story”. Discussion follows. It is a 12-step program that is run by outside –community- volunteer leaders.
Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting (AA): When appropriate, patients attend an AA group on grounds. In this group individuals in recovery from alcohol dependency present their “story”. Discussion follows. It is a 12-step program that is run by outside- community- volunteer leaders.
Mental Health Education Group: Conducted by a therapist with experience working with mood disorders, anxiety, grief, victim mentality, and psychotic disorders. The patient is taught to identify unhealthy thoughts, unmanageable feelings and self-defeating actions that lead to relapse. Working on mindfulness and “getting to the present” rather than looking behind is the focus of these groups. Most groups surround the cognitive-behavioral modality.
Art Therapy: Weekly with a Certified Art Therapist. It utilizes various mediums to express/resolve issues of recovery.
Medication Education Group: Conducted by nursing staff and is designed to inform patients of risks/benefits of medications, and the importance of staying on their medications. In addition, the importance of communicating any concerns and questions to the patient’s physician is encouraged.