Weekly Group Schedule
Group members will take part in various specialized groups every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 4:00-7:00pm each day. Learn more about the focus of each specialized group you will take part in below.
Extended Check-In 4:00pm-4:20pm
We will check in regarding how the previous week went and discuss any issues that came up over the weekend.
Cultivating Healthy Relationships Group 4:20pm-5:30pm
In this group, we delve into the concepts of attachment and mentalizing with an emphasis on experiential learning and development of skills.
Participants will consider how childhood experiences impact their adult relationships. In this group, we will strengthen skills in taking care of ourselves in relationships while being mindful of the needs of others. The objective of the group is to increase participants’ belief in their effectiveness in building and maintaining healthy relationships.
Psychoeducation Group: Coping with Trauma 5:45pm-7:00pm
In this group, we help participants understand trauma and how a history of trauma can impact one’s daily life and relationships.
Each week, the co-leaders or guest presenters will provide critical information for understanding trauma and effective coping strategies. Group discussion will enable members to explore ideas more fully. Patients will receive a workbook of material covered in the group.
Coping with Grief and Loss Group 4:00pm-5:30pm
In this group, we work on understanding how individual attachment history and trauma interact with and complicate grief.
Trauma can complicate grief and make it more difficult to cope. We consider different forms of loss that can accrue from trauma and learn about individual differences in grieving and clarifying personal patterns.
Positive Psychology 5:45pm-7:00pm
In this group, we focus on identifying individual strengths and strategies for optimizing their usage.
Most research and development of treatment interventions focuses on remediation of symptoms or problems in living. The Positive Psychology group is designed to help participants develop skills that are proven by research to increase levels of happiness. Individuals identify their signature strengths and use techniques to increase their access to the three pathways to happiness __ the engaged life, the meaningful life and the pleasant life. Each week, participants learn a new skill and discuss their practice of the skill learned the previous week. These skills are meant to be used regularly after completion of the group to improve quality of life, decrease depression and anxiety and increase their awareness and use of their character strengths.
Thrive Process Group 4:00pm-5:30pm
In this group, members will learn about themselves in relationships.
This is an interpersonal therapy group, which means that there is no formal agenda for each group meeting. Members are asked at the beginning of each meeting (1) to mindfully pay attention to their thoughts, feelings, and reactions as they occur moment to moment as the group takes place and (2) to report on what they notice. While this seems very simple, people often have a difficult time with this task. Most of us are so accustomed to acting on our thoughts and feelings that we seldom slow down to notice what is going on “behind the scenes” in our minds. What goes on in the back of our minds has an impact on how we interact in our everyday lives.
Mindfulness Group 5:45pm-7:00pm
In this experiential group, we will cultivate Mindfulness through mindfulness meditation and movement.
Mindfulness refers to a state of mind characterized by awareness and attention in the present moment, and by an accepting, curious, and non-judgmental attitude. The idea behind modern mindfulness training is that we can decrease stress and increase well-being by changing our relationship to our experience.
Meditation is a practice characterized by compassionate, aware, and non-reactive engagement with immediate experience. This practice of present-moment focus and awareness, openness, and curiosity allows mindfulness practitioners to develop equanimity (i.e., composure, level-headedness, serenity). Over time, the attitude of equanimity emerges in everyday stressful or difficult situations.