Mental Health Disorders
Recovery Road Medical Center provides intensive outpatient treatment
which is designed for patients who have an acute exacerbation of their
symptoms of a mental health disorder, but yet do not require inpatient
hospitalization and they can contract for safety in regards to thoughts
of harming their self or others. Some patients may have been recently
hospitalized but require a level of care that is more intense than
that which can be provided at the individual counselor or psychiatrist
level. The patient has to be organized enough to benefit from the treatment
program and not to be disruptive to other patients.
These patients may still require medication management, but at the
same time, their recovery may be hampered by recurrent negative thoughts
that exacerbate the mental health disorder. Through the group process
provided at the Recovery Road Medical Center the patient can experience
daily support as they are trying to stabilize their symptoms. They
learn techniques to help them challenge the negative thoughts and self-defeating
beliefs, while at the same time, developing needed skills such time
out, sharing and asking for help. The program can provide an intensive
training experience in using cognitive behavioral techniques in changing
self-defeating cognitions or attitudes.
Mental Health Intensive Outpatient
In addition to the groups that patients
attend, patients also meet weekly with their program counselor to monitor
progress towards their goals in their treatment plan. For those patients
without a referring psychiatrist one of the medical directors will
meet weekly with the patient regarding medication concerns or other
medical issues. Where there is a referring psychiatrist, he or she
may provide the weekly psychiatric consultation. The program is designed
to be able to work in parallel with a patient’s primary psychiatric
care and/or counseling program. Patient staffing is conducted weekly
at the center.
THE OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAM INCLUDE:
- Improvement in mood, anxiety and anger.
- Development of skills such as assertive communication or boundary
- Develop stress management techniques such as the ability to take
time out, share and ask for help.
- Development of relaxation techniques.
- Reduction in cognitive distortions which increase dysfunction and
increase depression, anxiety or anger.
- Addressing other co-occurring issues if present.
- Development of acceptance of self, based upon respect for each
- Ability to accept feelings and emotions and development of skills
to modulate them, rather than be afraid of them.
- Involvement of family and friends in mental health recovery.
TOPICS FOR MENTAL HEALTH EDUCATION GROUPS
- What are Feelings
- Self Soothing
- Crisis Management
- Relapse Prevention
- Drama Triangle
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
- Problem Solving/Goal Setting
- Stress and Caring
- Cognitive Distortions
- Medication Management
Cognitive Behavioral Skills and Practice
are integrated into the educational sessions and process groups.
- Daily thought and mood recording.
- Practicing Reframing of thoughts.
- 10 common cognitive errors.
- Core Belief and the Childhood contribution to Core Belief.
- Challenging negative distorted thinking and beliefs.
- Practicing techniques that work best for that individual.
At the end of the program the patient is provided with a discharge
plan and is referred back to the referring specialist.