Group Counseling

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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. Group counseling options are as follows (check with your counselor or therapist for program availability):

Substance Abuse – Day Treatment | 6 weeks

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 | 16 Weekswomen talking in group

The Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Skills Group is beneficial for individuals who would like to change behavioral, emotional and interpersonal patterns that have caused them to struggle in their lives. The group focuses on the four components of mindfulness, interpersonal effectiveness, emotional regulation and distress tolerance.

Dual Diagnosis Group

Participants must have a mental health diagnosis and have struggled with substance abuse and may participate in the group as long as desire; 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.

Relapse Prevention | 10 weeks

For those clients that have been through a primary treatment program and would like an aftercare model to assist in ongoing recovery.

Substance Abuse – Intensive Outpatient Group

The Intensive Outpatient program provides a group setting for individuals struggling with addiction to alcohol or other drugs. The program is designed for those who need more intensive substance abuse treatment than typical outpatient services.

Driving With Care

Driving With Care is a specialized group designed for drivers with 4 or more OWI offenses or special circumstances. Participants will learn how to make better decisions, particularly as it relates to substance use. Each client is expected to remain in individual or group counseling for 8 months following completion of this course. Probation/Parole referrals only.

Men’s Overcoming Trauma Group | 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.

Women’s Overcoming Trauma Group | 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.

Anger Management | 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.

CBT Skills Group |

Clients who have a mental health diagnosis are eligible for this group. The Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) skills 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.

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.