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Groups

The following groups are offered at the PSC. Please call the clinic to see if they are currently running or are scheduled to be offered in the near future.

  1. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Adult ADHD (Strategies to Improve Time Management, Organization and Planning:STOP group)
  2. The Incredible Years
  3. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Adults with Insomnia
  4. Social Skills Training Group Program: Children Ages 7 - 12 years old

Please read below for more information about each group.


1. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Adult ADHD

This group is intended for college students who have either been diagnosed with ADHD, or who are experiencing symptoms of ADHD (e.g., difficulty staying focused, disorganization, procrastination). The group will consist of approximately 6-8 people.

Specific topics that will be addressed include: awareness of ADHD deficits, planner use and scheduling, overcoming procrastination, prioritizing and planning, establishment and maintenance of organizational systems, follow-through on tasks, and long-range planning. The program also addresses symptoms of anxiety and depression as they can worsen the problems described above.

A detailed outline of the treatment is provided below. Please contact PSC at 443-3595 for more information.

Sessions:

Sessions 1 – 7

Skill building modules – Learning to self-regulate

  • Skill module #1: response inhibition
  • Skill module #2: working memory
  • Skill module #3: self-regulation of affect
  • Skill module #4: sustained attention
  • Skill module #5: task initiation
  • Skill module #6: planning
  • Skill module #7: organization
  • Skill module #8: time management
  • Skill module #9: goal directed persistence
  • Skill module #10: flexibility
  • Skill module #11: metacognition

Sessions 8 – 10

Cognitive Restructuring – Learning to think adaptively

  • Self-schema
  • Cognitive triad
  • Cognitive errors
  • Attributions

2. The Incredible Years

The Incredible Years (IY) program is an evidence based group intervention for parents that aims to reduce challenging behaviors in children and increase children's social emotional learning and self-control skills. Parents meet as a group with a trained facilitator. Parents are given opportunities to collectively and individually develop new strategies for managing their children and working together in collaborative partnerships.

The IY parent groups meet for 12 sessions, each lasting 90-minutes.

The following topics are covered in the group:

  • The importance of parental attention and special time with children
  • Academic, persistence, emotion & social coaching
  • Effective praise and encouragement
  • Using incentives to motivate children
  • Household rules, responsibilities, and routines
  • Monitoring children’s whereabouts
  • Clear and respectful limit setting
  • Ignoring misbehavior
  • Using time out for destructive behavior & extreme oppositional behavior
  • Imposing logical & natural consequences
  • Promoting reading skills
  • Dealing with children’s discouragement
  • Fostering good learning habits and routines
  • Parent involvement with teachers

3. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Adults with Insomnia

This group is intended for adults who are experiencing symptoms of Insomnia (e.g., difficulty initiating and/or maintaining sleep). The group will consist of approximately 3-8 people. We will meet for 6 weekly, 60 minute sessions beginning in October.

In these group meetings we will cover many non-drug techniques that have been proven effective for the treatment of insomnia. We will discuss the specific behaviors and thought processes that are important to the sleep process and how to engage in these behaviors and thoughts processes to help initiate sleep. These techniques will be used to naturally promote sleepiness at bedtime, help individuals to feel calm and relaxed at bedtime while learning to develop a comfortable sleep environment that naturally encourages sleep.

4. Social Skills Training Group Program: Children Ages 7 - 12 years old

Child Group

Sessions 1 – 10

  • Session 1: Introduction, rules, emotional thermometer
  • Session 2: Fact files
  • Session 3: SENSE
  • Session 4: Conversation towers
  • Session 5: Interpersonal effectiveness (getting what you want; getting along)
  • Session 6: Emotional Tool Box
  • Session 7: Piosonous thoughts / antidotes
  • Session 8: SODA
  • Session 9: Perspective taking
  • Session 10: Review

The first session focuses on establishing group rules for treating each other with respect, and on developing better emotional awareness of one’s self and others. Activities stress understanding gradations of simple emotions including happy, sad, angry, and afraid as well as more complex emotions including pride, guilt, and embarrassment.

Sessions 2 – 5 focus on receptive and expressive body language (facial expressions, body postures, and tone of voice) accompanying these emotions taught through modeling and role playing. Children learn how to use awareness of their own emotions as the basis for making choices about appropriate behavior during sad and/or stressful times. Children are provided with instruction about conversation skills. In this part of the training, there is an emphasis on ‘‘sharing the air,’’ ‘‘staying on the same page’’ with respect to context and topic, and ‘‘being honest.’’ The more subtle aspects of conversations, like taking turns in conversation, joining a conversation already underway, making comments, asking questions of others, using nonverbal indicators to express interest, and choosing appropriate topics, are included.


Sessions 6 – 10 include lessons about friendship, teasing, and bullying. Group and individual problem solving skills are taught. Some of the skills involved in problem solving are problem identification and prioritization, generation of feasible alternative strategies, and the evaluation of individual strategies. The focus is on the development of practical solutions, coping mechanisms, and self-control for these difficult interpersonal situations. These skills are taught, practiced, and reinforced through the use of a visual template, games, and role-playing activities. Perspective taking and empathy training are included, requiring the children to act out situations in which different people think different things or have different underlying motives.

Parent Group

Parent groups are jointly educational and supportive, with the goals of enlisting parents as co-teachers of the curriculum. Parent sessions start with a discussion of the elements of each lesson plan, and an explanation of the rationale behind the lesson.

Please contact PSC at 315.443.3595 for more information.