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Patients have access to both individual and group therapy. Therapy is based on a brief cognitive-behavioral intervention model with a focus on present/future focused skills development. Treatment plans are collaboratively developed between the individual therapist and the patient to address treatment goals that are dynamic and meaningful to the patient. Common treatment goals include addressing emotional and behavioral distress. Group therapy can provide present focus, skills based therapy to multiple patients who present with similar treatment needs. A group therapy format can allow for increased peer support, pro-social peer interactions, and an efficient delivery of evidenced based treatment. Examples of group therapy include:

Trauma Class: PSIMED utilizes several evidence based protocols that address trauma and co-occurring disorders such as substance use when group therapy is warranted.

IPV Survivors’ Group (DVIP): This women specific program focuses on issues faced by women who have been in abusive intimate relationships. Topics focus on understanding the coercive control tactics used by perpetrators, developing a safety plan for leaving an abusive relationship, and developing healthy intimate relationships.

DBT Skills Class: DBT Skills Class is offered as an open on-going skills based on Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), an empirically validated evidenced-based form of behavioral therapy that was originally designed to treat Borderline Personality Disorder. Skills class is practical and here-and-now in its orientation and focuses on teaching/promoting skills to improve distress tolerance, reality acceptance, self-regulation, better choice making, and objective/interpersonal/self-respect effectiveness.

Gender Identity Group (GIG): Gender Identity Group is for individuals who identify as transgender or gender nonconforming and wish to participate in therapy to address a wide range of issues related to gender expression and gender incongruence. The goal of the group is to provide support for individuals who may be exploring their gender or gender expression and prompt resilience and positive mental health.

Animal Assisted Therapy: Since 2016, PSIMED has used this resource in various correctional settings. The dog and handler go through extensive training and observation of the Animal Therapy licensing board to achieve this certification. Clients often relax any hesitations around the animals, making them more therapeutically amenable. Further, Harrison County Youth Drug Court added the Stars and Strides Equestrian Services as a group and family experience. Stars and Strides employs an Equine Specialist, licensed Social Workers, and utilizes local licensed counselors who volunteer to work with the program.

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