The program is short term, intense, change oriented and focuses on skill building. Members are expected to focus on their own goals and support, and help facilitate other members in the growth.
- No “sick talk.” This means problem-focused talk. Instead, the focus is on solutions, problem solving and developing the skills needed to change the patterns and/or cope with them.
- Much personal growth can come from piggybacking on other peoples’ work, learning from their experiences and getting to know them as individual human beings. Respect is to be shown to group members. This means supporting each other, paying attention when someone else is working, giving direct honest and respectful feedback of your experience of them and their situation, encouraging each other and not trying to analyze them.
- No dating or romantic relationships with other group members.
- Group members may be a support for each other outside the group. However, group guidelines and goals are to be observed.
- Strict confidentiality. No member shares what is heard or learned about anyone else outside of the group. This includes the identity of other members. No personal taping sessions.
- Regular attendance is expected throughout the duration of the program. Please call if you are not going to be able to make a scheduled session: Linda Johnson, M. Ed., LPC 573.815.3620 or Steve Weddle, Ph. D., 573.815.3740.
- Active participation is important for getting the most out of the program, this includes asking questions, respectfully expressing disagreements, goal setting, practice and doing homework.
- The group does not take the place of individual therapy and it works in tandem with your psychiatric medication.
- If you are actively suicidal and are not ready to make a no-suicide commitment during the period you are in the group, then this group is not appropriate for you at this time and we will help you make other arrangements.
- While you will learn ways of dealing with intrusive thoughts, memories and flashbacks, if they are significantly interfering with your ability to attend the group, outside individual therapy will likely better meet your need.
- You will come to the sessions without being under the influence of alcohol or other chemical substances not taken as prescribed by your physician.