What to Expect
"The slower you go, the faster you get there."
The group's founding principle is healing through understanding. Learning what trauma is, how it impacts us and how we heal is the first step. Working on this with an intimate, carefully chosen group of people who understand and can support each other is key.
Our 8-week intensive outpatient program runs Tuesday through Thursday from 4-7 pm. We also meet individually with each patient for a weekly check-in and communicate regularly with individual therapists for coordination of care.
*COVID UPDATE*: Currently we are doing all sessions online via Zoom
The different groups you will take part in every week focus on learning skills to heal -- how to develop and maintain healthy relationships, how to process our grief, how to enhance our well-being with positive life skills and how to be mindful and fully present in our lives. In process group, members can share about important things and know they will be heard and supported and they will also be able to give support to others. Group members become very close and many join the alumni groups that are offered after completion of the IOP.
Groups in the IOP are targeted to help members overcome the effects of trauma. Some common issues people with trauma face include:
difficulty in relationships, which can lead to loneliness and isolation
lack of understanding from others
poor sense of self
reliance on self-destructive behaviors such as substance abuse, eating disorders, and self-neglect to deal with emotional distress.
Before beginning the program, patients are assessed to make sure the program is a good fit for them, and we ask that patients complete a set of questionnaires before and after the program so they can have empirical data on how they have benefitted from treatment.
At enCOURAGE, we believe that a critical first step in dealing with trauma is education. We have found that even people who are in individual treatment for trauma still benefit from a foundational psychoeducational group that helps them define their trauma, understand their symptoms and evaluate treatment options. This information empowers them to set their own course for recovery with hope and understanding.
In our psychoeducational group, you will come to understand more fully what experiences in your life have been traumatic. You may also come to realize that self destructive behaviors are at least partially a result of trauma. You will gain hope in discovering that there are treatments and ways to heal.