Overview

Description

Goals

Who Can Benefit

Attendance

Life Steps Group Therapy

 

A socialization group with a skills training component.

 

A group which provides weekly support to individuals with a serious and persistent mental illness through a check-in period followed by related skills training components.

 

A group where participants can bring up concerns, gain encourage- ment, seek guidance, learn from each other’s experiences and focus on changes with healthy decision making.

 

An opportunity to gain social skills and support. Therapists assess client safety, stability, and progress on a weekly basis.

Program Description:

Clients may request referral to the Life Steps group. Anyone working with the client may also make a referral.

 

Life Steps is primarily a socialization group for individuals with serious and persistent mental illness (SPMI). The group meets once per week and involves a time for clients to present questions, concerns, requests and needs as well as a skills training lesson.

 

Check-in with each group member allows clients an opportunity to report on mood, medication compliance, sleep patterns, suicidality, and other areas of concern.  Life Steps facilitators assess client safety, stability and progress during this time.

 

This program is not exclusive to our current clients. Anyone can participate whether or not you receive services at FLMHC

 

Program Goals

 

Skills training lessons include but are not limited to topics such as:

• How to be more assertive

• Stress management

• How to deal with difficult people

• Budgeting

• Reaching goals

• Promoting positive self talk

• How to deal with anger

• Importance of medication compliance

• Healthy living skills through nutrition, exercise, sleep, stress reduction and relationships

 

Who Can Benefit?

 

Life Steps is designed for individuals who struggle with:

• Symptom management

• Lack of social support

• Difficulties in their home environment

• Difficulty with problem solving

• Obtaining and maintaining support services

 

Diagnostic categories appropriate for referral include, but are not limited to:

• Depressive Disorders

• Anxiety Disorders

• Psychotic Disorders such as Schizophrenia

• Bipolar Disorder

• Cognitive Disorders

Attendance

 

Following the completion of an initial assessment by a therapist, clients will be contacted with notification of when each group will begin. The groups are held at different times and dates. The therapist will try to match each person to the best time, date and group that will best fit the client’s needs.

 

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