Mental Health Groups

Center Point Counseling offers a number of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) skills training groups for those interested in learning the core DBT skills in an effort to address personal issues; stress, emotional problems, relationships, etc. The emphasis with DBT is to reduce behaviors that decrease quality of life and health.

The core DBT areas include:

  • Mindfulness skills:  paying attention and making sense of the of the world in a way that relieves suffering
  • Emotional regulation skills:  establishing emotional patterns that bring pleasure, relief and stability
  • Distress tolerance skills:  coping skills, being able to take on the stress of daily life, to respond to situations without falling apart
  • Interpersonal skills:  learning which types of relationships and boundaries will work with which people, in which conditions

The weekly groups are two hours long and include time for homework review, a break, and class time for learning new skills.  The total group time is approximately 6 months.  Clients have remarked that the skills learned help them to be less impulsive, more selective of how they respond to people and situations, more capable of speaking up for themselves in an healthy manner, dealing with painful emotions, and getting through painful situations more effectively.  The emphasis with DBT is to reduce behaviors that decrease quality of life and health.

Each person in the group has an individual therapist in addition to the skills training group.  We accept referrals directly from clients, therapists, social workers, hospitals and other agencies.  Cheri Hagerman, MSSW, LCSW facilitates the DBT team and service delivery.

Restorative Justice Group offerings include:

Generalized Aggression:

This is a 12-week treatment group (or longer if violation or denial noted) meeting once weekly for an hour.  Generalized Aggression is a group normally referred to as anger management (non-domestic abuse).  However, this is much more than just anger management.  The following goals/skills must be reached in order to complete the group process:

  • Understand anger management and time outs
  • Understand the cycle of anger
  • Develop a prevention plan
  • Develop an understanding of emotions
  • Develop a plan for self-care
  • Understand the four primary forms of communication
  • Complete an autobiography
  • Identify warning triggers
  • Understand high risk behaviors

Corrective Thinking:

This is a 26-week cognitive replacement group (or longer if violation or denial noted) meeting once weekly for an hour.  The following goals/skills must be reached in order to complete the group process:

  • Understand and define ten thinking errors
  • Understand and define remorse/empathy in relation to the ripple effect/crime
  • Understand the continuum of criminality
  • Complete thinking error reports/weekly journal
  • Required to teach one group
  • Complete an autobiography
  • Identify warning triggers
  • Develop a prevention plan
  • Understand high risk behavior

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