Group Counseling

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Group Counseling

Mental and Behavioral Health Counseling

There are several group counseling options available at North Central Health Care for mental health, substance abuse, and addiction treatment. Each group follows a curriculum that integrates with each person's individual recovery and treatment goals.

Group counseling options require a referral from a North Central Health Care Outpatient Counselor or Therapist and are available at select North Central Health Care locations as the needs of our community change. Counselors and therapists collaborate with you to determine the best group therapy option for your unique situation so that you may achieve your individual recovery goals. A Behavioral Health Referral Form is required for admission in to all groups. Current group counseling options are as follows:

Anger Management | Tuesday from 2 p.m. - 3 p.m. for 12 weeks

The group is a structured format with a booklet and homework for each week. The goals of this group are to better manage emotions, develop assertive attitudes or behaviors, and to not act out aggressively. Facilitator: Laura Goergen

CBT Skills Group | Thursday from 4 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Clients who have a mental health diagnosis are eligible for this group. The group focuses on positive ways to deal with and decrease stress, improves self-care, and celebrates when group members positively deal with stress. Another focus of the group is to enhance self-worth and empower clients to develop assertiveness. Clients can participate in the group for as long as desired. Facilitator: Sheryl Hemp

Day Treatment | Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday from 9 p.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Clients participate in AODA Day Treatment for 6 weeks during which time they attend 6 one-on-one sessions. Facilitators prepare a topic for each day &/or a speaker from the community will come in to share their insight and expertise. The group practices new skills and tools to utilize in their recovery. Each session allows for discussion and processing any other topics the group wants to address. Regular attendance is required.

DBT Skills Group | Tuesday from 4 p.m. - 5 p.m.

The DBT Group is beneficial for a variety of individuals. The group focuses on the four components of mindfulness, interpersonal effectiveness, emotional regulation and distress tolerance for those individuals that would like to change behavioral, emotional and interpersonal patterns that have caused them to struggle in their lives. Open group, typically 16 weeks. Facilitator: Jennifer Jacobson

Driving With Care | Monday & Wednesday from 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. or 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. for 33 sessions

This is a specialized group designed for drivers with 4 or more OWI offenses. The facilitator uses Cognitive Behavioral approaches to help participants make better decisions, particularly as it relates to substance use. Driving With Care course cycles rotate between morning and evening in order to serve a wider audience. Each client is expected to remain in individual or group counseling for 8 months following completion of this course. Probation/Parole referrals only.

Dual Diagnosis Group | Thursday from 2 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Clients must have a mental health diagnosis and have struggled with substance abuse. Clients can participate in the group as long as desired; however, 16 weeks is typical. The group is free flowing and focuses on each client’s situation. The goal of the group is to empower clients to see how mental health and substance abuse interact in their lives and how to create balance. Facilitator: Sheryl Hemp

Relapse Prevention | Monday and Wednesday from 4 p.m. - 5 p.m. for 10 weeks.

For those clients that have been through a primary treatment program and would like an aftercare model to assist in ongoing recovery. Open group. Facilitator: Laurie Hines

Men’s Overcoming Trauma Group | Thursday from 3 p.m. - 4 p.m. for 12 weeks

This is a group for men who have experienced or witnessed a traumatic event and are finding that this is impairing their daily lives. This group is designed to assist men in developing safety and stability, to learn about the impact of traumatic experiences, and begin to improve relationships and daily functioning. Open Group. Facilitator: Caitlin Baldauff

Women’s Overcoming Trauma Group | Thursday from 1 p.m. - 2 p.m. for 12 weeks

This is a group for women who have experienced or witnessed a traumatic event and are finding that this is impairing their daily lives. This group is designed to assist women in developing safety and stability, to learn about the impact of traumatic experiences, and begin to improve relationships and daily functioning. Open Group. Facilitator: Caitlin Baldauff

Group counseling options require a referral from a North Central Health Care Outpatient Counselor or Therapist and are available at select locations as the needs of our community changes.