Psychotherapy Groups

Depression Groups

CBT Basic Group for Depression

What is it?  This group is an introduction to Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), an evidence-based approach to reducing symptoms of depression. Group members will develop an understanding of factors that contribute to low mood and an introduction to strategies that reduce vulnerability to depression. The group will help members start to improve self-care, increase mindfulness, and challenge negative thoughts that get in the way of feeling better.

Who is it for? The group is geared towards individuals struggling with depression that are interested in learning a skills-based approach to reducing symptoms of low mood.

How often does it meet? It meets once per week, the first four Tuesdays of each month from 5:30-7pm. 

How long can I participate? This group has four sessions that are best completed in order. You can start any week of the month and then complete the four sessions from that point. If you miss one, you can always make it up the next month. After this group, many people move on to the CBT Advanced Skills Group for Depression.

How do I sign up? First, you must complete a New Patient Psychiatric Evaluation here in Michigan Medicine's Department of Psychiatry. Then you can start the group at any time. Just let your clinician know about your interest so you can be officially registered for the group. 

CBT Advanced Skills Group for Depression

What is it? A skills-based group where you can learn strategies to help you manage your depression. The group offers a supportive environment to aid in strengthening motivation to reach your goals.

Who is it for? Persons that are dealing with depression and would like to take a closer look at the behaviors and patterns of thinking that could be contributing to or maintaining your depression. If you want to better understand how your thoughts and behaviors affect your mood and work towards helpful behavior changes, this is the group for you.

How often does it meet? It meets once per week, Thursdays from 5:30-7pm. In January, 2019 (starting 1/8) the group will move to Tuesdays from 2:30-4pm. 

How long can I participate? Most people participate for around 12 sessions to start and then decide if they want to continue. You are welcome to continue as long as is appropriate for you.

How do I sign up? First, you must complete a New Patient Psychiatric Evaluation here in Michigan Medicine's Department of Psychiatry. Then you'll need to complete the CBT Basic Group for Depression here. Once you've done that, tell the clinician you are working with (or the CBT Basic Group for Depression group leader) that you want to move on to the CBT Advanced Skills for Depression Group.

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) for Depression

What is it? Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is designed to help people who suffer repeated bouts of depression and chronic unhappiness. It combines the ideas of cognitive therapy with meditative practices and attitudes based on the cultivation of mindfulness. The heart of this work lies in becoming acquainted with the modes of mind that often characterize mood disorders while simultaneously learning to develop a new relationship to them

Who is it for? People who have experienced recurrent episodes of depression but are currently stable and nearing remission and are able to practice the meditation exercises during the week between sessions.

How often does it meet? Weekly for 8 weeks. Right now we are waiting for enough people to express interest to schedule the next round. If you are interested, follow the "sign up" directions below to get on the waitlist. 

How long can I participate? You should plan to come for the entire 8 weeks. Some people have participated in the 8-week group more than once and have found it helpful

How do I sign up? First, you must complete a New Patient Psychiatric Evaluation here in Michigan Medicine's Department of Psychiatry. Then you will need to complete at least one of the series of groups on Cognitive Therapy for Depression. Once you’ve done that, tell the clinician you are working with (individually or through the CBT for Depression groups) that you want to participate in the MBCT group.

 

Anxiety Groups

CBT Basic Group for Anxiety

What is it?  This group is an introduction to Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for anxiety. You will learn about your anxiety, what may be causing it, and how CBT treatment will work. CBT is an evidence-based treatment that involves modifying thoughts and behaviors to help patients feel better and move toward their life aims.

Who is it for? Any person that is experiencing anxiety or panic that is interfering with their life. It will be most effective if anxiety is the primary problem with which you are dealing. Anxiety problems can include generalized anxiety and worry, social anxiety, specific phobias, panic disorder and agoraphobia, trauma-related anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder, and obsessive-compulsive and related disorders.

How often does it meet? It meets once per week, the first four Mondays (5:30-7pm) and Thursdays (10-11:30am) of each month. 

How long can I participate? This group has four sessions that are best completed in four consecutive weeks. You can start any week of the month and then complete the four sessions from that point. If you miss one, you can always make it up the next month. The four topics are Anxiety Management (Week 1), Relaxation (Week 2), Exposure and Desensitization (Week 3), and Cognitive Skills (week 4). After this group, many people move on to the CBT Exposure Group for Anxiety, the CBT Cognitive Group for Anxiety, and/or the Mindfulness for Anxiety groups.

How do I sign up? First, you must complete a New Patient Psychiatric Evaluation here in Michigan Medicine's Department of Psychiatry. Then you can start the group at any time. Just let your clinician know about your interest so you can be officially registered for the group.

Cognitive Skills Group for Anxiety

What is it? The purpose of this group is to teach patients the basic cognitive model of anxiety and other problematic emotions. You will learn how our thoughts and beliefs contribute to our emotions, how to identify and change unrealistic, inaccurate, and unhelpful ways of thinking and specific methods or changing them. You will also learn ways to combat self-criticism and increase self-acceptance and self-compassion. The goal of the group is to teach you skills to apply in everyday life.

Who is it for?  This group is appropriate for most everyone who struggles with worry, anxiety, panic, attacks, and other destructive emotions, including depression, guilt, shame, embarrassment, and anger.

How often does it meet? It meets once a week, the first four Mondays of each month from 5:30-7pm.

How long can I participate? Participants are encouraged to attend each group meeting and must start at the beginning of the month, as each session has a particular topic which builds on the one before. While the group ends after the four sessions, it is okay for participants to attend a missed session the following month.

How do I sign up?  You must first complete a New Patient Evaluation in our department of psychiatry and then complete the CBT Basic Group for Anxiety.  It may be helpful to discuss the group with your clinician before starting the group at the beginning of the month

CBT Exposure Group for Anxiety

What is it? A skills-based group where you can learn skills to start overcoming avoidance and fear. You may also find that the group offers a supportive environment to move through fear at a pace appropriate to you, and start feeling better.

Who it is for?  Persons that are dealing with anxiety problems that include avoidance. This avoidance may interfere with life aims and also reinforce the anxiety that we are trying to overcome. If you want to start chipping away at your avoidance and anxiety, this group is for you.

How often does it meet? It meets once per week, Tuesdays from 5:30-7pm. You must start at the beginning of a given month.

How long can I participate? Most people participate for around 12 sessions at first, and then decide if they want to continue. You are welcome to continue as long as is appropriate for you.

How do I sign up? First, you must complete a New Patient Psychiatric Evaluation here in Michigan Medicine's Department of Psychiatry. Then you'll need to complete the CBT Basic Group for Anxiety here. Once you've done that, tell the clinician you are working with (or the CBT Basic Group for Anxiety group leader) that you want to move on to the CBT Exposure Group for Anxiety.

Mindfulness-Based Treatment for Anxiety Group

What is it?  This group provides participants with an opportunity to develop their capacity to observe ongoing experience non-judgmentally, recognize and experience mindful states, ground in the present moment, distinguish between ‘thinking’ and ‘observing’, and learn skills to support anxiety management and exposure therapy.

Who is it for? The group is geared towards individuals with an interest in learning about mindfulness and developing mindfulness skills through practice.

How often does it meet? The group meets the first four Thursdays of each month from 5:00-6:30pm.

How long can I participate? This group has four sessions that can be completed in any order and can be started on any week of the month.

How do I sign up? First, you must complete a New Patient Psychiatric Evaluation here in Michigan Medicine's Department of Psychiatry. Then you can start the group at any time. Just let your clinician know about your interest so you can be officially registered for the group.

 

Dialectical Behavior Therapy Groups

Adult DBT Basic Group

What is it? A 4-week introductory group to learn about Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and the potential value of a mindfulness-based skills treatment. In the group you will learn about what the DBT Skills Group is, and the guidelines and assumptions of DBT training. You will learn about DBT’s biosocial theory, mindfulness, “dialectical” thinking, and ways to analyze our behaviors using “chain analysis.”

Who it is for?  Persons that are dealing with unhealthy patterns of behavior, emotions and thinking that are causing misery and distress. If you want to learn how to increase your flexibility and mindfulness and understand what is getting in the way of being effective, this group is for you.

How often does it meet? It meets once per week, Mondays from 4:00-5:00pm. It is a rolling group so you can start at any point in the month.

How long can I participate? Most people participate for 4 sessions, but you are welcome to continue as long as is appropriate for you.

How do I sign up? First, you must complete a New Patient Psychiatric Evaluation here in Michigan Medicine's Department of Psychiatry. Then you'll discuss with the clinician with whom you are working that you would like to learn more about DBT and want to attend the Adult DBT Basic Group.

Adult DBT Skills Group

What is it?  DBT is a compassionate type of behavioral therapy that is intended to help people move toward having a life that feels more meaningful and worth living. DBT includes four sets of behavioral skills taught in month-long modules:

  • Mindfulness: the practice of being fully aware and present in this one moment
  • Emotion Regulation: how to identify and change emotions that you want to change
  • Interpersonal Effectiveness: how to ask for what you want and say “no” while maintaining self-respect and relationships with others
  • Distress Tolerance: how to tolerate pain in difficult situations, not change it

Who it is for?  Persons that are dealing with unhealthy patterns of behavior, emotions and thinking that are causing misery and distress. DBT targets the issues that cause distress and teaches skills to deal with them without having to resort to self-defeating behaviors that increase guilt and shame. It does so in a framework, though, that helps us understand that we are doing the best we can, even though we need to learn ways that work better. If you want to learn how to increase your flexibility and mindfulness and understand what is getting in the way of being effective, this group is for you.

How often does it meet? It meets once per week for 4 months. There are two class times available: you can either attend on Mondays from 5:00-6:30pm or on Thursdays from 10:30am-12pm. In April 2018 the Monday night group will move to 5:15-6:45pm (permanent change).

How long can I participate? Most people participate for 4 months, but you are welcome to continue as long as is appropriate for you.

How do I sign up? First, you must complete a New Patient Psychiatric Evaluation here in Michigan Medicine's Department of Psychiatry. Then you'll discuss with the clinician that you are working with that you would like to learn more about DBT. Before starting the Skills group, however, you must complete the Adult DBT Basic Group that meets on Mondays from 4:00-5:00pm.

Perinatal DBT Skills Group

What is it? A skills-based group where you can learn techniques to address symptoms associated with Perinatal Mood Disorders and find support amongst other mothers. The group is comprised of four skill sets to offer education regarding perinatal mood symptoms, ways to manage strong emotions, skills to adapt to relationship changes and challenges, coping skills to tolerate distress, and strategies to increase self-awareness and attention.

Who it is for?  Women who are pregnant or within the first 2 years postpartum who are experiencing anxiety, depression or mood symptoms that impact daily functioning.

How often does it meet? It meets once per week, Mondays from 10-11:30am. 

How long can I participate? Most people commit to 4-6 weeks, however the group is taught in a 16-week format, fully covering the skills listed above. You are welcome to continue as long as chose.

How do I sign up? First, you must complete a New Patient Psychiatric Evaluation here in Michigan Medicine's Department of Psychiatry. Ask a clinician or staff member to enroll you in the DBT Perinatal Skills Group.

Adolescent DBT Multifamily Group

What is it?  The Adolescent DBT Multifamily Group is an evidenced-based skills group offered to patients and their families here at the Rachel Upjohn Building. It teaches adolescents and their parents skills to manage their emotions, relationships, and achieve greater balance in their lives. The group is structured around four modules: Mindfulness/Middle Path; Emotion Regulation; Interpersonal Effectiveness; and Distress Tolerance.

Who it is for?  Patients who struggle with regulating intense emotion, or have difficulty managing relationships, and are between the ages of 13 and 19.

How often does it meet? It meets once per week, Wednesdays 5-6:30pm for 11 weeks. The Fall session is from October to December, and the Winter session is from January to March. Patients can start at any time in the session, and do not need to start at the beginning.

How long can I participate? Most patients attend for one round of the 4 modules, while other families decide to repeat the session more than once.

How do I sign up? First, you must complete a New Patient Psychiatric Evaluation here in Michigan Medicine's Department of Psychiatry. Then you can express your interest in attending the Adolescent DBT Multifamily Group.

 

Perinatal Groups

Perinatal Adjustment Group

What is it? A 7-week skills-based group where you can learn basic cognitive and communication skills to cope with Perinatal Mood Disorders and find support amongst other mothers.

Who it is for?  Women who are pregnant or within the 2nd year postpartum who are experiencing anxiety, depression or mood symptoms that impact daily functioning.

How often does it meet? It meets once per week, Wednesdays from 1:30-3:00pm.

How long can I participate? The group runs in a 7-week rotation and you can drop in and out of the group as you please.  You may come weekly or as often as you can attend and you may repeat the 7 weeks as many times as you wish.

What will I learn?  The group will provide basic information about perinatal mood disorders, discuss the transitions of motherhood, managing our social supports and changes in relationships as well as our needs. We will evaluate our internal and external expectations regarding motherhood and discuss anxiety disorders, relaxation and coping strategies.

How do I sign up? First, you must complete a New Patient Psychiatric Evaluation here in Michigan Medicine's Department of Psychiatry. Ask a clinician or staff member to enroll you in the Perinatal Adjustment Group.

Perinatal DBT Skills Group

What is it? A skills-based group where you can learn techniques to address symptoms associated with Perinatal Mood Disorders and find support amongst other mothers. The group is comprised of four skill sets to offer education regarding perinatal mood symptoms, ways to manage strong emotions, skills to adapt to relationship changes and challenges, coping skills to tolerate distress, and strategies to increase self-awareness and attention.

Who it is for?  Women who are pregnant or within the first 2 years postpartum who are experiencing anxiety, depression or mood symptoms that impact daily functioning.

How often does it meet? It meets once per week, Mondays from 10-11:30am. 

How long can I participate? Most people commit to 4-6 weeks, however the group is taught in a 16-week format, fully covering the skills listed above. You are welcome to continue as long as chose.

How do I sign up? First, you must complete a New Patient Psychiatric Evaluation here in Michigan Medicine's Department of Psychiatry. Ask a clinician or staff member to enroll you in the DBT Perinatal Skills Group.

MOM Power

What is it? A group for mothers and their young children. Moms will learn attachment-based parenting concepts as well as practice self-care skills at each session. Patients are invited to bring their children.

Who it is for?  Moms with depression, anxiety, PTSD or who endorse challenges in parenting.

How often does it meet? It meets weekly for 10 weeks. This is a closed group that is only offered certain times of the year. 

How long can I participate? Mothers may participate in one round of the program.

How do I sign up? If you are interested, speak with your current clinician about your interest. Please decide in collaboration with your clinician that the group may or may not be a good fit for your treatment plan. If you are interested in receiving information about future groups and being added to a waitlist, please contact Rena Menke, renaam@med.umich.edu.

 

Sleep Disorders Groups

Adult Insomnia Group

What is it? A four-week introductory course that will teach participants skills to improve difficulty falling and/or staying asleep.    

Who it is for?  People who have difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep, or waking too early.  

How often does it meet? It meets once per week for 4 weeks on Tuesdays from 4-5:30 pm.

How do I sign up? Please ask your clinician to refer you to insomnia group.

 

Bipolar Disorders Groups

No groups currently: check back soon for updates that will likely occur fall 2018.

 

Continuing Care Clinic Groups

Continuing Care Clinic Group for Healthy Coping

What is it?  This group teaches skills to be aware of coping styles that may not work, and develop more effective ways to to manage emotions.  The approach involves modifying thoughts and behaviors to help patients develop new relationships with their emotions, enabling them to move toward their life aims.

Who is it for? These sessions are for participants in the Continuing Care Clinic who are experiencing emotional suffering.  It can help with chronic anger, anxiety, depression, guilt and shame. 

How often does it meet? It meets once per week, the first four Wednesdays of each month from 2:30-3:30pm, except for December and May.

How long can I participate? This group addresses one of ten different problematic coping strategies for four weeks each month.  Participants can start any week of the month and continue attendance for as long as the sessions are helpful. 

How do I get referred to the group? First, you must complete a New Patient Psychiatric Evaluation here in Michigan Medicine's Department of Psychiatry. Then you must be referred by your provider and accepted into the Continuing Care Clinic.  After acceptance and completion of a brief assessment of problematic coping strategies, you may schedule attendance of sessions by phone or in person at Rachel Upjohn Building. 

 

Meds Plus Clinic Group

Meds Plus Clinic Group

What is it? This is a drop-in group for patients with stable, but chronic mental illness who need help with medication monitoring and problem solving around health issues. Patients should expect to be relatively stable on their current medications and not in need of frequent medication changes. Patients will receive medication management, socialization, and supportive psychotherapy in a group setting.

Who it is for?  Patients with chronic mental illness who are stable on their medications and with little or no need for medication changes and will benefit from group socialization.  Chronically mentally ill patients who are in need of supportive psychotherapy and socialization whose medications are monitored by an individual provider in the clinic may also be considered.

How often does it meet? The clinic meets every Thursday from 1–3 p.m.

How long can I participate?  Once you have been admitted to the group you may come on a drop-in basis as often as weekly or as infrequently as once every three months. You can participate as long as you like, as long as it seems appropriate to you and the group facilitators.

How do I sign up? First, you must complete a New Patient Psychiatric Evaluation here in Michigan Medicine's Department of Psychiatry. Ask your provider if it is appropriate to be referred to the Meds Plus group. The facilitators will contact you for an initial assessment and education about the group, at which time they will decide if the group is appropriate for you.

 

Early Psychosis Groups

Multifamily Group for Psychosis

What is it? A problem solving group, where you and your family members can discuss ways to overcome challenges faced due to psychosis and related concerns. You may find support from other young persons and family members who may have had similar challenges to yours, and who were able to overcome such obstacles.

Who it is for?  Young adults who are dealing with psychosis (and related syndromes) and family members of those young adults. Psychosis and conditions that often co-occur with psychosis (such as depression, anxiety, substance use, relationship problems) can interfere with many aspects of your life, and it can be difficult for family members to know how to support their young adult living with psychosis.

How often does it meet? It meets on the first and third Mondays of every month from 5:30-7pm.

How long can I participate? Most people participate for about one year, and then decide if they want to continue. It is recommended that if you participate, you attend regularly. 

How do I sign up? First, you must complete a New Patient Psychiatric Evaluation here in Michigan Medicine's Department of Psychiatry. Once you have an evaluation, the clinician you see will determine the level of appropriateness for you and your family’s participation in the group.

 

Child / Adolescent Groups

Adolescent DBT Multifamily Group

What is it?  The Adolescent DBT Multifamily Group is an evidenced-based skills group offered to patients and their families here at the Rachel Upjohn Building. It teaches adolescents and their parents skills to manage their emotions, relationships, and achieve greater balance in their lives. The group is structured around four modules: Mindfulness/Middle Path; Emotion Regulation; Interpersonal Effectiveness; and Distress Tolerance.

Who it is for?  Patients who struggle with regulating intense emotion, or have difficulty managing relationships, and are between the ages of 13 and 19.

How often does it meet? It meets once per week, Wednesdays 5-6:30pm for 11 weeks. The Fall session is from October to December, and the Winter session is from January to March. Patients can start at any time in the session, and do not need to start at the beginning.

How long can I participate? Most patients attend for one round of the 4 modules, while other families decide to repeat the session more than once.

How do I sign up? First, you must complete a New Patient Psychiatric Evaluation here in Michigan Medicine's Department of Psychiatry. Then you can express your interest in attending the Adolescent DBT Multifamily Group.

MOM Power

What is it? A group for mothers and their young children. Moms will learn attachment-based parenting concepts as well as practice self-care skills at each session. Patients are invited to bring their children.

Who it is for?  Moms with depression, anxiety, PTSD or who endorse challenges in parenting.

How often does it meet? It meets weekly for 10 weeks. This is a closed group that is only offered certain times of the year. 

How long can I participate? Mothers may participate in one round of the program.

How do I sign up? If you are interested, speak with your current clinician about your interest. Please decide in collaboration with your clinician that the group may or may not be a good fit for your treatment plan. If you are interested in receiving information about future groups and being added to a waitlist, please contact Rena Menke, renaam@med.umich.edu.

Pediatric Exposure Group for Anxiety

What is it? A group focused on reducing avoidance to feared situations. 

Who it is for?  Teens (roughly ages 13-17) who are dealing with anxiety problems that include avoidance. This group is for teens who already have completed a course of exposure therapy and want a few extra booster sessions, or for teens who are in ongoing individual therapy and are motivated to tackle their avoidance at this time.

How often does it meet? This group is currently on hold. If you are interested, discuss this with your clinician, as the group is likely to resume once there are enough patients on the waitlist. 

How long can I participate? You can participate for one round of the group. We may run another round on a different day/time in the future; this is not determined at this time. There is no limit to the number of sessions you can attend.

How do I sign up? At this time, enrollment is limited to individuals who are current patients at the RUB. You may receive a referral from your clinician.

 

Chronic Pain Groups 

Coping with Mental Disorders and Pain (Emotional Health and Pain Group)

What is it? This is a skills-focused group that uses cognitive, behavioral, and acceptance strategies to help you manage chronic pain. Members will learn about chronic pain and skills to minimize and manage discomfort. Coping strategies to promote health and well-being will be introduced. 

Who is it for? Individuals who experience chronic pain that has interfered with mental health functioning and has resulted in unhealthy coping.  Appropriate candidates will report pain that has persisted for 3 or more months and will meet criteria for a mental illness and/or substance use disorder. 

How often does it meet? It meets once per week, Thursdays from 4:00-5:00pm. 

How long can I participate? This is a structured group with 11 sessions. The group has a rolling admission, that is, people can begin at any point and are encouraged to stay until they complete all the sessions.

How do I sign up? First, you must complete an Adult Psychiatry or UMATS New Patient Evaluation here in Michigan Medicine’s Department of Psychiatry.  You can let the clinician you see know about your interest so that they can contact the group facilitator.  The group facilitator will then reach out to you by phone to discuss appropriateness for you to participate and help you register. 

 

Compulsive Eating Groups

The Hunger Within

What is it?  The Hunger Within Workshop is a nationally recognized treatment program that takes the focus off food and guides participants through an intensive course of treatment designed to disentangle the psychological underpinnings which fuel and drive compulsive eating behaviors.  This concrete, step-by-step workshop explores the core reasons for overeating, identifies the triggers that precipitate a binge, and helps break the vicious cycle of emotional eating. 

Who is it for?  Participants who have tried “everything under the sun” to break the cycle of emotional eating and want to address psychological root causes.   

How often does it meet? Once a week for 12 weeks.  Tuesdays (9:30-10:30am and 12-1pm) and Wednesdays (1-2pm and 5:30-6:30pm) at 2101 Commonwealth, Neuropsychology Services. Fall workshops run September-December.  Winter workshops will begin in January. 

How long can I participate? Most complete the 12 week workshop once or twice then have the option of participating in a follow-up or supplemental group. 

How do I sign up?  Call (734) 763-9259 to register.   For billing questions call:  (734) 936-5855. Group members must also complete an individual new patient psychiatric evaluation as a part of their group participation.  

 

The Hunger Within Follow-up Workshop

What is it? The Hunger Within Workshop Follow-up group is an 8 week follow-up group to the original Hunger Within Workshop. 

Who is it for? Individuals who have completed the original Hunger Within Workshop, who want to build on the concepts and receive additional support for healthier eating behaviors and body image.

How often does it meet?  Weekly.

How long can I participate?  The group is 8 weeks. Individuals can take it as often as they would like, with insurance coverage.

How do I sign up? Contact the Neuropsych clinic at 734-763-9259 to register.

 

Substance Abuse (UMATS) Groups

Discovery Group (Adult Patients)

What is it? This is a group designed for individuals who may be uncertain about the role of alcohol or drugs in their lives or whether they want to make changes. Group members come together to explore topics involving the role of substances in stress, daily emotions and situations, values, relationships, etc. Members explore situations and thoughts that relate to substance use, consider their thoughts on reducing or changing their use, practice stress reduction, identify social supports, etc.

Who is it for? Adults who express a willingness to explore their substance use and are willing to keep track of their use from week to week.

How often does it meet? Every Thursday from 4-5pm.

How long can I participate? Six sessions are expected to obtain official group completion. There 8 rotating topics and participants can come to all 8 sessions if they wish. he group has a rolling admission, that is, people can begin at any point and stay until they complete all the sessions. Participants are encouraged to meet individually with a UMATS therapist prior to completion of the group.

How do I sign up? Ask your current providers in the Department of Psychiatry about eligibility or complete a New Patient Evaluation in UMATS or the Department of Psychiatry and your clinician can determine whether you may be eligible for this group.

Intensive Outpatient Program (Adult Patients)

What is it? An intensive, structured treatment program aimed to assist patients in stopping drug and alcohol use and developing the skills to maintain a substance-free lifestyle.

Who is it for? Adults who are ready to commit to abstinence from drugs and alcohol and who need frequent treatment contact in order to initiate recovery. Most group members either do not require medical detox services or have already completed a medical detox.

How often does it meet? Mon, Wed, and Fri from 9AM-12PM, rolling admission. Members must attend all 3 sessions each week.

How long can I participate? 12 sessions are required for completion of IOP. Group members can expect to participate in the group for 4 consecutive weeks.

How do I sign up? An intake evaluation must be completed in UMATS to determine eligibility for IOP.

Early Recovery Group

What is it?  Early recovery is a time for readjusting to life without drugs or alcohol. Achieving and maintaining sobriety requires changes in your lifestyle, relationships, coping skills, and most other areas of your life. All of this change makes people in early recovery particularly vulnerable to relapse. This group provides a source of support and additional focus on skills to maintain gains made in recovery.

Who is it for? Adults with at least one month of abstinence who are committed to abstinence.

How often does it meet? Two weekly groups are offered: Tuesdays 6-7:30pm and Wednesdays 6-7:30pm.

How long can I participate? Group members tend to stay in the group for at least 6 months. 

How do I sign up?  Complete an evaluation with the UMATS program to determine if this group is an option for your treatment. 

Dual Diagnosis Group (Adult Patients)

What is it?  Treatment for individuals who experience both substance use and serious mental health concerns to assist in the challenges of managing multiple conditions.

Who is it for? Individuals with both substance use disorders and serious mental illness.

How often does it meet? Thursdays 2-3:30pm

How long can I participate? Duration of participation is determined by patients and their providers.

How do I sign up?  Complete an evaluation with the UMATS program to determine if this group is an option for your treatment. 

Health Professional Recovery Group (Adult Patients)

What is it? This is a group designed to help Health Professionals navigate early recovery through education, skill development, and relationships. Group members are encouraged to establish understanding of their substance use disorder, and develop strengths, in order to meet their potential without the use of addictive substances. This is a confidential,  therapist-led group where members discuss thoughts, emotions, and behaviors related to their work, and personal lives that impact their ability to live substance free.

Who is it for? Any licensed health professionals who are struggling with a substance use disorder. This group is also associated with the Michigan Health Professional Recovery Program as an approved provider of services.

How often does it meet? There are currently two groups: Mondays from 5:30-7pm and Thursdays from 9-10:30am.

How long can I participate? The minimum commitment suggested is three months. The majority of the members are participating for two years as a part of the Michigan Health Professional Recovery program. Members may be welcome to continue as long as is therapeutic.

How do I sign up? Complete a New Patient Psychiatric Evaluation in the UM Addiction Treatment Service. Your therapist can then discuss the group referral with the group clinician.

CBT for Addiction (Adult Patients)

What is it?   This group is an introduction to Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for addiction. Members will learn about cognitive (thoughts) and behavioral skills to cope with cravings, triggers, stressors, emotions, and interpersonal relationships that contribute to substance use disorders. CBT entails identifying the links between situations, thoughts, and feelings and how each effects behavior, including substance use. 

Who is it for? Adults who mild to moderate substance use problems, or those who are seeking relapse prevention treatment who have completed an inpatient or intensive outpatient program.

How often does it meet? Every Tuesday from 4-5:15pm.

How long can I participate?  This is a structured group with 15 different sessions. The group has a rolling admission, that is, people can begin at any point and stay until they complete all the sessions.

How do I sign up? New patients must complete a New Patient Psychiatric Evaluation in UMATS to ensure the group is the appropriate level of care, prior to group referral. Current patients can join the group following a referral from their clinician.

Young Adult Discovery Group (Adolescent and Young Adult Patients)

What is it? A motivational interviewing (MI) group focused on psychoeducation regarding substance use in adolescents and young adults as well we increasing insight in members regarding their behavioral choices and consequences of substance use. This group is sometimes seen as an “introduction” to substance use disorder treatment.

Who is it for? Adolescents and young adults who are being seen in the Department of Psychiatry who feel, in collaboration with their treating clinician, that exploration of substance use patterns could be beneficial to mental health treatment and/or psychosocial functioning. 

How often does it meet?  Every Tuesday from 4:30-5:30pm.

How long can I participate? Most members participate in this group for at least 1 month, sometimes as long as 6 months. The duration of group attendance is determined collaboratively with the provider and the patient (and family, when appropriate).

How do I sign up?  Current patients in the Department of Psychiatry, can ask their clinician for group referral. New patients should schedule a New Patient Evaluation (NPE) in UMATS for an evaluation to determine eligibility for the group and any other treatment options.

Adolescent Intensive Outpatient Program (Adolescent and Young Adult Patients)

What is it? A skills-based group for adolescents and young adults focused on psychoeducation, relapse prevention, building and maintaining wellness in sobriety and supporting one another in recovery.

Who is it for? Adolescents and young adults that are motivated to remain sober “one day at a time” from substances of abuse. This group also offers a family support component.   

How often does it meet? Monday 4:30-6:00pm, Wednesday 4:30-5:30, and Thursday from 4:30-6:00pm. Family support group occurs concurrently on Wednesdays from 4:30-5:30.

How long can I participate? Members complete 12-24 sessions at minimum, determined in conjunction with their program therapist. 

How do I sign up? Current patients in the Department of Psychiatry, can ask their clinician for referral to UMATS for consultation/evaluation and to determine eligibility for this group. New patients should schedule a New Patient Evaluation (NPE) in UMATS for an evaluation to determine eligibility for the group and any other treatment options.

Young Adult Early Recovery Group (Adolescent and Young Adult Patients)

What is it?  A skills-based aftercare group for adolescents and young adults focused on psychoeducation, relapse prevention, building and maintaining wellness in sobriety and supporting one another in recovery. This group is typically completed after conclusion of intensive outpatient treatment or another type of care.

Who is it for? Adolescents and young adults that have successfully completed an intensive outpatient program or have been sober at least 30-90 days and continue to be motivated to remain sober “one day at a time”. To facilitate peer support this group runs in coordination with the Thursday intensive outpatient group for adolescents and young adults.

How often does it meet? Every Thursday from 4:30-6:00pm 

How long can I participate? Most members participate from 3 to 6 months, the but the length of involvement is best determined in collaboration with your clinician.

How do I sign up? Current patients in the Department of Psychiatry, can ask their clinician for referral to UMATS for consultation/evaluation and to determine eligibility for this group. New patients should schedule a New Patient Evaluation (NPE) in UMATS for an evaluation to determine eligibility for the group and any other treatment options.

Family and Friends Therapy Group for People Affected by a Loved One's Addiction

What is it? This is a therapy group for adult family members and friends who are experiencing stress, anxiety, anger and/or sadness because of a close relationship with a person who is abusing drugs or alcohol. The goal of the group is to help you cope with your feelings, learn about addiction so that it gives you a better understanding of how to take care of yourself. This is a group for you. It is meant to offer you support and care while you learn ways to find yourself again – outside of the role of caretaker.

Who is it for? This group is for adults who are struggling with feelings of worry, sadness, anger and fear as a result of trying to assist or deal with a spouse/partner/family member or close friend who is abusing drug and/or alcohol.

How often does it meet? It meets once per week, Thursdays from 6:00-7:30pm. This group will start in September, 2018. 

How long can I participate? Most people participate for 3-6 months. You may continue as long as you are finding it helpful.

How do I sign up? You must first complete a New Patient Evaluation here at Michigan Medicine Department of Psychiatry – UMATS. Ask to schedule with Nancy McCorry, LMSW to be evaluated for the Family and Friends Therapy group.

Parent Therapy Group (for those affected by a child's substance abuse)

What is it? This is a therapy group for parents with adolescents or young adults (under the age of 25) who are abusing drugs/alcohol and may also have mental illness. The goal of the group is to help parents cope with the illness of their child, learn about substance use and how it can affect the family and provide resources for recovery and hope. This group is meant to offer you support and resources, as family is proven to be a vital role in the recovery of a young person.  

Who is it for? This group is for parents whose children are currently enrolled in the UMATS program. Parents with children participating in the adolescent IOP are required to attend a minimum of 4 sessions as a part of the program. The group is open to all parents who want to learn more about substance use, connect with other parents and gain resources for their child’s recovery.

How often does it meet? It meets once per week, Wednesday’s from 4-5pm.

How long can I participate? A minimum of 4 sessions is recommended. You may continue as long as you are finding it helpful.

How do I sign up? You must first complete a New Patient Evaluation here at Michigan Medicine Department of Psychiatry – UMATS. Ask to schedule with Sarah Rollins, LMSW or Lori Shulman, LMSW to be evaluated for the Parent Therapy group.

 

 

Support Groups

Support groups for depression and bi-polar illness

What is it?  We offer bi-weekly support groups for adults (over 18) who are being treated for depression and /or bi-polar illness.  The groups are offered, free of charge, and people are welcome to attend who are being treated in our psychiatry department but we also welcome people from the community.

We also offer a group for family members, held at the same time, who have a relative or friend who is depressed and/or bi-polar.

Content and structure of groups: The groups for patients and their families are facilitated by social workers and some information is provided about resources and the illnesses, but the groups focus on group members sharing their experiences with the illnesses and coping strategies.  The power of support groups comes from sharing and also being understood by people who have undergone similar challenges and experiences.

How often do the groups meet? The groups meet on the second and fourth Wednesday of every month, from 6pm-7:15pm and the rooms are listed by the front desk.

How long can I participate? There are no rules about how long people can or should attend.  Some people attend for a few weeks, some people for many months, and some come intermittently.

Cost and signing up: The groups are offered free of charge and there is no need to sign up.

Family Education Workshop for Depression and Bi-polar illness

What is it?  The Family Education Workshop is an educational workshop for patients and their families to provide education and information about depression and bi-polar illness.  We request that nobody under the age of 16 attend.  The format of the workshop is to offer a powerpoint lecture, accompanied by copies of the slides. The 50- minute lecture reviews epidemiology, treatments, etiology (causation), discussion on the impact on families living with these mood disorders.  Following the lecture, there is time for questions and also we encourage participants to engage in conversation and sharing with each other.

Who is it for? This workshop occurs monthly and is not a recurring experience.  It is intended for people to come once and learn, and then move on to attend our support groups.  Anybody having a friend or family member experiencing a mood disorder is welcome to come.  Patients are also welcome to come.

When does it meet and how do I sign up? The workshop meets six times a year, every other month.  It is held the first Wednesday of the month and meets from 6-8pm in the lower level conference room.

We require that people sign up by calling 734-764-0210 and speak with Sue Wonnacott. Alternatively, people can also register on-line and that information is on the Department of Psychiatry and/or Depression Center websites.

There is no cost. People receiving treatment in our Department of Psychiatry are welcome to attend and we also invite community members.