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tele-PHP/IOP: Group Therapy Topics & Descriptions

If you are interested in La Cheim's tele-PHP/IOP, please see the virtual program page and then contact admissions.

Following is a current listing of our group therapy topics, along with a description of each group. Some group topics rotate and may not occur every week. This listing was last updated on 02/01/2021.

Please note that our "Suicidality Talk" and "Black, Indigenous, & People of Color (BIPOC)" groups require prior approval from your individual therapist. Be sure to talk with your primary therapist in advance if interested in attending. 

See also our list of group handouts and materials

 

MONDAY GROUPS

Check In Group (9:30am)

This group invites you to: introduce yourself by your first name; share your personal pronouns (she/he/they/etc.); describe a highlight of the previous day; set an intention for the day ahead and participate in a get-to-know-you question. The group is meant to help you gear up to make the most of your program day.

 

Open Process Group (10:30am)

This group is a chance to share about any topic on your mind – although take care to check with the group leader before sharing anything likely to trigger others (e.g. suicidal thoughts, abuse, etc.). Time is monitored and divided equally so all participants who want to share have equal time to share and receive peer support and feedback.

 

Recovery and Coping with Shame Group (10:30am)

This group addresses the impact of deeply held shame on mental health challenges in general, and how shame has an impact on addiction and compulsive behavior. We frequently address shame as an emotional state that interferes with intimacy, friendship, goals, and sobriety. We offer support and how to move forward with life's ambitions and to decrease the influence of shame so that we are more willing to act in the service of our values and needs.

 

Family Matters Group (10:30am, every other week)

This open group focuses on discussion and processing of issues pertaining to familial relationships. Here, ‘family’ is defined broadly and may include any close relationships, whether by origin or by choice.

About Life and Living Group (10:30am, every other week)

This group provides a forum for clients to share existential and philosophical issues. The purpose is to give voice to thoughts, questions (and answers?) about life’s meaning and purpose that preoccupy us in our struggles and along our journey.

 

Understanding Trauma Group (11:30am and 1pm)

This group is designed for addressing all things trauma-related with an understanding of how debilitating trauma issues can be. We discuss how trauma affects the brain and the body, as well as how we can use this information to not only manage our symptoms but to work through trauma recovery as well. We facilitate this process through psychoeducation by the most influential trauma and psychologically trained experts, as well as by using real-life situations to explore and process these perspectives. We also know this group can be triggering, so the facilitators take extra care in tracking and supporting the participants.

 

Beginner’s Mind Group (11:30am and 1pm)

In this mindfulness-based group, we explore the concepts of “beginner’s mind” and “mindfulness” and do two 5-minute sessions of mindfulness practice. After each 5-minute session, each group member is invited to share their experience.

 

Daily Closure Group (2pm)

Our final group of the day starts with sharing names and personal pronouns (she/he/they/etc.). Each client is then asked to reflect on present feelings as well as a highlight from the day. Next, clients are asked to confirm their physical and emotional safety for the night or weekend. The group closes with a practice of a coping/grounding skill or a fun group activity.

TUESDAY GROUPS

Check In Group (9:30am)

This group invites you to: introduce yourself by your first name; share your personal pronouns (she/he/they/etc.); describe a highlight of the previous day; set an intention for the day ahead and participate in a get-to-know-you question. The group is meant to help you gear up to make the most of your program day.

 

Open Process Group (10:30am)

This group is a chance to share about any topic on your mind – although take care to check with the group leader before sharing anything likely to trigger others (e.g. suicidal thoughts, abuse, etc.). Time is monitored and divided equally so all participants who want to share have equal time to share and receive peer support and feedback.

 

Grief Group (10:30am)

Group members are invited to share about their process with all types of loss ranging from the death of a loved one, the end of a relationship, a loss of identity, changes in health or level of functioning, and more. This is an opportunity to lessen the sense of loneliness we often experience with grief and support one another in finding meaning and healing.

 

Black, Indigenous and/or People of Color (BIPOC) Group (10:30am)

NOTE: This group requires permission to join. Please consult with your counselor before joining this group for the first time.

This process group is for members who identify as Black, Indigenous and/or People of Color (BIPOC). Participants are invited to speak about personal experiences and receive support from each another, including but not limited to topics on race, identity and belonging, or self- and community empowerment.

 

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) Group (11:30am and 1pm)

This group offers structured discussion of how thoughts influence and impact emotions and behaviors. In each session we do an exercise, including the Cognitive Triangle, Thought Distortion Journal, Thought Record, Mastery and Pleasure Record, Identifying Core Beliefs, and Dysfunctional Beliefs About Change. A key goal is learning how to challenge negative thoughts and/or use the mindfulness approach to observe our thoughts (defuse from our thoughts) in order to the evaluate them adaptively.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Skills Group (11:30am and 1pm)

In this core skills group, participants learn how the brain and body respond to emotional and physical triggers, as well as how these "survival mode" responses may work against our longer-term goals. This group teaches participants strategies to move beyond "survival" mode, by learning and practicing skills for distress tolerance, emotional regulation, mindfulness, and interpersonal effectiveness. This group combines lecture, discussion, small group breakouts, and exercises to help apply these new skills.

 

Daily Closure Group (2pm)

Our final group of the day starts with sharing names and personal pronouns (she/he/they/etc.). Each client is then asked to reflect on present feelings as well as a highlight from the day. Next, clients are asked to confirm their physical and emotional safety for the night or weekend. The group closes with a practice of a coping/grounding skill or a fun group activity.

WEDNESDAY GROUPS

 

Check In Group (9:30am)

This group invites you to: introduce yourself by your first name; share your personal pronouns (she/he/they/etc.); describe a highlight of the previous day; set an intention for the day ahead and participate in a get-to-know-you question. The group is meant to help you gear up to make the most of your program day.

 

LGBTQIA+ Group (10:30am)

Clients share, reflect, and get feedback on their struggles and goals, as seen and experienced through the lens of LGBTQIA+ identity. Issues often include: coming out; self-discernment; coping with rejection; negotiating polyamorous relationships; sexual health and expression; intersections of gender, sexual, and other identity dimensions; and recovering from familial, cultural, and institutional trauma. 🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍⚧️

 

Women's Group (10:30am)

A process group for female-identified members offering a space to speak about anything you might be holding in your heart or mind around moving about the world as a woman or female-identifying person. Whether you are seeking the support of other women, or just wanting to practice active listening, the women's process group covers a wide range of topics, including but not limited to the experiences of female-identifying people in today's world.

 

Men’s Group (10:30am)

A process group for male-identified members to share about personal topics and receive support from fellow group members.

 

Anger Management Group (11:30am and 1pm)

This group aims to facilitate discussions about anger and its many expressions. It will help you reflect on your own anger style, as well as how to implement tools and practices that can make anger more helpful and productive in everyday life and interpersonal interactions.

 

Boundaries and Safety Group (11:30am and 1pm)

Clients explore boundary types, boundary identification/implementation, boundary hurdles, and the link between boundary-setting and psycho-emotional safety. Clients receive peer support as they examine personal struggles and successes related to interpersonal, external, and internal boundaries.

 

Daily Closure Group (2pm)

Our final group of the day starts with sharing names and personal pronouns (she/he/they/etc.). You will be asked to reflect on present feelings as well as a highlight from the day. Next, you’ll be asked to confirm your physical and emotional safety for the night or weekend. The group closes with a practice of a coping/grounding skill or a fun group activity.

THURSDAY GROUPS

 

Check In Group (9:30am)

This group invites you to: introduce yourself by your first name; share your personal pronouns (she/he/they/etc.); describe a highlight of the previous day; set an intention for the day ahead and participate in a get-to-know-you question. The group is meant to help you gear up to make the most of your program day.

 

Open Process Group (10:30am)

This group is a chance to share about any topic on your mind – although take care to check with the group leader before sharing anything likely to trigger others (e.g. suicidal thoughts, abuse, etc.). Time is monitored and divided equally so all participants who want to share have equal time to share and receive peer support and feedback.

 

Intrusive Thoughts Group (10:30am)

In this process group, we discuss intrusive thoughts, paranoid ideation, hearing voices, and/or hallucinations. Also, we share information on how to understand these phenomena as well as how to cope with them as adaptively as we can.

 

Suicidality Talk Group (10:30am)

NOTE: This group requires permission to join. Please consult with your counselor before joining this group for the first time.

This group offers a safe space to discuss suicide ideation and how to deal with it for those who are dealing with acute or chronic suicidality. Group attendance requires a discussion with and clearance from your La Cheim therapist in order to join the group.

 

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) Group (11:30am and 1pm)

This group introduces the six core principles of ACT: diffusion, expansion, connection, observing self, values, and effective action (i.e. setting goals in line with one’s values and acting on them effectively). We do a short exercise for each principle. For those new to ACT: A = accept thoughts and feelings; C = connect with values; T = take effective action.

 

Just Relax Group (11:30am and 1pm)

This group offers the chance to practice a variety of calming techniques within a supportive community. Explore how returning to these foundational skills can help steady emotions and find moments of comfort. Learn more about what works for you and how to tailor these practices to be most helpful in your own life.

 

Daily Closure Group (2pm)

Our final group of the day starts with sharing names and personal pronouns (she/he/they/etc.). Each client is then asked to reflect on present feelings as well as a highlight from the day. Next, clients are asked to confirm their physical and emotional safety for the night or weekend. The group closes with a practice of a coping/grounding skill or a fun group activity.

FRIDAY GROUPS

 

Check In Group (9:30am)

This group invites you to: introduce yourself by your first name; share your personal pronouns (she/he/they/etc.); describe a highlight of the previous day; set an intention for the day ahead and participate in a get-to-know-you question. The group is meant to help you gear up to make the most of your program day.

 

Open Process Group (10:30am)

This group is a chance to share about any topic on your mind – although take care to check with the group leader before sharing anything likely to trigger others (e.g. suicidal thoughts, abuse, etc.). Time is monitored and divided equally so all participants who want to share have equal time to share and receive peer support and feedback.

 

Recovery and Coping with Shame Group (10:30am)

This group addresses the impact of deeply held shame on mental health challenges in general, and how shame has an impact on addiction and compulsive behavior. We frequently address shame as an emotional state that interferes with intimacy, friendship, goals, and sobriety. We offer support and how to move forward with life's ambitions and to decrease the influence of shame so that we are more willing to act in the service of our values and needs.

 

Work/Occupation Group (10:30 am, every other week)

In this process group, members share and discuss issues related to work, school, retirement, and volunteering. Topics vary each week. Past topics have included issues of occupation-related identity and self-esteem, issues and rights related to return to work, exploring jobs, school, and career interests, matching work styles and preferences to daily work, navigating changes in ability and occupation, building work-life balance, and understanding/improving professional relationships. In addition to sharing concerns and providing feedback, facilitator may provide practical guidance and help, and on occasion, may present materials of general interest to the group.

 

Memory and Focus Group (10:30am, every other week)

This process group supports individuals who have interest or concerns related to memory and focus. Group members have discussed challenges and concerns related to memory and focus changes related to mood (depression, anxiety), ADHD, medication, injury, memory repression/suppression, and age-related memory changes. The group typically alternates between traditional open discussion and support for individuals, and weeks with a short presentation and focused discussion, covering topics such as ADHD, memory-related accommodations, and living/caring for someone with memory and focus challenges.

 

Weekend Planning Group (11:30am)

La Cheim provides structure Monday through Friday; however, on the weekends many clients hold concerns regarding a lack of structure or setting a schedule. In this group clients share these weekend challenges and their management of these concerns. Examples of topics discussed: loneliness/isolation, boredom/restlessness, and relationship troubles. In addition, clients also address their weekend goals, identify social supports, and plan their management of useful self-care/coping skills.

 

Transition Planning Group (11:30am)

This group discusses transitions, particularly transition out of La Cheim’s PHP/IOP, as well as how to establish sustainable wellness. We also discuss other transitions and how to navigate them – for example, the process of change and how to manage it as well as adapting to change (e.g. COVID and shelter-in-place).

 

Yoga Group (1pm)

This group is open to all experience levels. No special attire or equipment is needed, just some space to move. Increase the communication between your mind and body by pairing gentle movements with expanded awareness of the breath.

 

Music Group (1pm)

Music group offers a therapeutic space for participants to share music with one another and find connection and meaning through the process. Participants are welcome to share a prerecorded piece of music that feels meaningful and enjoyable for them to listen to with others, or to play live music for the group.

 

Daily Closure Group (2pm)

Our final group of the day starts with sharing names and personal pronouns (she/he/they/etc.). Each client is then asked to reflect on present feelings as well as a highlight from the day. Next, clients are asked to confirm their physical and emotional safety for the night or weekend. The group closes with a practice of a coping/grounding skill or a fun group activity.