This program uses Anger Management for Substance Abuse and Mental Health Clients. It is hoped that this anger management program will help substance abusing and mental health clients obtain effective anger management skills when experiencing anger problems. Reductions in frequent and intense anger and its destructive consequences can lead to improved physical and mental health of individuals and families.
DBT- Skills Training
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a cognitive behavioral treatment that was originally developed to treat chronically suicidal individuals diagnosed with borderline personality disorder (BPD) and it is now recognized as the gold standard psychological treatment for this population. In addition, research has shown that it is effective in treating a wide range of other disorders such as substance dependence, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and eating disorders. This group focuses on the skills training component of DBT.
The Victim Impact: Listen and Learn curriculum is geared toward helping offenders to become more aware of the impact that crime has on victims and to take responsibility for their actions and begin to make amends. The curriculum makes victims and their rights a central premise.
Enhanced Recovery Awareness
Uses Finding Your Moral Compass – a book written by an AA leader reviewing positive and negative values and discussing the place of each in moving on after recovery. This group is discussion based- evaluating the values and principles from the book and what place they have in the individual’s life goals.
Uses a variety of interactive journaling workbooks from the Change Company. Clients work individually on different journals or writing assignments and share with the group what they are learning about. Others in the group give feedback and support to each other.
Moral Reconation Therapy helps clients identify effects of negative behavior, impacts on relationships, and goal planning for creating a life that will have positive outcomes for the client and other around him.
Using the book Stop the Chaos, group members study how environmental and internal triggers can lead to relapse. They create a plan for how to handle life issues in a way that makes relapse less likely.
Strategies for Self-Improvement and Change
The Strategies for Self-improvement and Change (SSC) program is provided in steps or phases that are developed around three stages in the circle of change. The first phase builds knowledge and skills in several areas. It is the challenge phase of change. This phase consists of 20 sessions. Phase II is commitment to change. It focuses on strengthening one’s knowledge and skills in bringing about changes that lead to a more responsible and fulfilling life. This phase also focuses on one’s personal strengths and the problems identified in Phase I. Phase II consists of 22 sessions. Phase III moves into greater ownership of ones change. This is where one develops critical reasoning skills, learns how to resolve conflict, learns about lifestyles and activities to maintain change, examines work and job issues, and learns how to become a mentor for others.
Thinking for Change
Thinking for a Change (T4C) is a cognitive–behavioral curriculum developed by the National Institute of Corrections that concentrates on changing the criminogenic thinking of offenders. T4C is a cognitive–behavioral therapy (CBT) program that includes cognitive restructuring, social skills development, and the development of problem-solving skills.
Maps to Personal Power
This class uses Straight Ahead: Transition Skills for Recovery by TCU. The emphasis is on building and enhancing support networks for recovery in the community (12-step, family, friends) and on helping clients improve social skills, problem-solving, and perceptions of self-efficacy that foster recovery maintenance.
Tx Planning & Goals
TX Planning & Goals group is a unique group in that the clients are responsible for identifying their own challenges related to substance abuse, criminal conduct, and more personal issues (depression, anger management, family issues). The treatment plan is where the information gathered is used to put treatment into practice. A treatment plan is a map specifying where clients are in recovery, where they need to be, and how they can best use available resources (personal, program-based, or criminal justice) to get there. At a minimum, the treatment plan serves as a basis of shared understanding between the client and treatment providers. It presents an approach for sequencing resources and activities, and identifies benchmarks of progress to guide evaluation.
This group is open topic and allows clients to bring topics for discussion that are not covered in other groups or involve the group dynamics.
Through the IRT visiting program, family members are encouraged to attend visiting sessions which begin with a family education group. Topics that are covered include education about addiction, discussion on how addiction affects family members, and how to improve communication skills.
Cooking and Nutrition
The cooking and Nutrition course focuses on creating and maintaining healthy living through the foods we eat by teaching members to read labels, prepare a weekly menu with budget, and to prepare home-made recipes.
Productive Fathering guides fathers into being more actively and positively involved in their child’s development. This course covers specific common childhood situations such as depression in children as well as ways for the fathers to cope with such issues. The group members learn to develop better relationships with their children and children’s mothers through positive communication and respect.
A different client each week presents a recovery related topic of their choosing to the rest of the group. This encourages clients to share their expertise with each other, as well as practice research and preparation. The group participates in the education topic and then gives the presenter feedback.
Course focuses on personal relationships and situations that clients may encounter when re-entering their home lives. Group topics discussed vary from engaging in romantic relationships while in recovery to deciphering positive from negative peers.
Clients choose from a selection of motivational quotes and do a free-writing exercise based on the quote. Toward the end of the group, clients share their writings with the group and receive feedback.
Clients go off grounds with a staff member to learn about and practice physical activities. Activities include volleyball, Frisbee golf, tennis, walking/running, softball, etc.
Clients try out a variety of activities that can be helpful during times when stress or other negative emotions are making relapse prevention difficult. Some examples include: journaling, exercise, music, meditation, and prosocial activities with peers. This group is led by a different client each week so that clients can try a variety of activities.
Clients put information learned in Victim Impact to practice as they do volunteer projects in the community for non-profit agencies while supervised by staff. Some volunteer projects include: maintenance for an organization devoted to helping domestic violence, working with the Humane Society, and doing clean-up and maintenance for public grounds.
Planning the discharge process thoroughly and completely, to include housing finances, continued treatment and support groups, as well as community and family support.
This class uses the Living in Balance curriculum by Hazelden. Clients learn about psychoactive substances and the effects that the substances can have on the body and mind. The class also reviews healthy lifestyle recommendations.
Clients work on building information and skills needed to job search upon release. They are able to build resumes, work on computers for job search, and look up information for applications. Role playing is used to help build job search and interviewing skills.
Group members are encouraged to explore several stress relieving techniques through many mediums including clay, paint, creative writing, and chalk.
This client uses the workbook Socialization, a part of a core module of A New Direction, Hazelden’s evidence-based pioneering treatment program. This workbook helps clients explore difficulties building relationships based on trust and respect.
Clients view documentaries and other educational videos to help develop their understanding of addiction and the effects that various substances have on themselves and the community.
Clients participate in a variety of team oriented activities. This helps to build trust, communication skills, leaderships skills, and teamwork within the group.