Peer-led Groups Peer-led Groups Schedule
Anxiety & Depression
This Group utilizes the “Attacking Anxiety & Depression” series published by The Midwest Center for Stress and Anxiety. The group listens to 1 of 15 lessons, then discusses how the information and suggestions will help them in their personal recovery. We advise people interested in participating in the group to attend all 15 lessons, but it is not required to do so. Participants have also found that repeating the 15 lesson series has helped them to keep practicing the principles of the program, and helping others helps them.
This Group utilizes the principles discussed in “Taking Charge of Bipolar Disorder” by Julie A. Fast and Dr. John Preston, PsyD. In addition to the principles discussed in the book, group participants work with the “Overcoming Bipolar Disorder” Workbook. Participants meet to share their experiences, explore coping skills, and provide support to each other.
This Group uses a variation of AA’s 12 steps (with permission from AA) designed and published by Hazelden to be sensitive to the issues of people who live with co-occurring substance abuse and mental health disorders. The 2 conditions are often interwoven and trigger each other. It has been found that working on the manageability of both conditions simultaneously has helped people overcome the addiction and better manage their mental health disorder.
This group provides an opportunity for participants to find support for the day to day challenges that many of us face. The Group utilizes the “5 Emotional Stages of Recovery” as developed by the Tennessee Alliance for the Mentally ill, and the Tennessee Mental Health Consumers; Association. Participants share how their week has been: any challenges or successes, and any things they are struggling with. Group facilitators will typically find a common theme in what participants are sharing, and from that suggest a topic the group can discuss.
Pro-active Recovery (Procovery)
In her book, “Using Procovery to Heal Mental Illness”, Katheleen Crowley describes “procovery” as a manner of living that focuses forward toward rebuilding and healing the conditions in which traditional “recovery” may not be attainable. Group participants discussing the strategies and principles of Procovery as they pertain to their personal awareness. Participants are encouraged to look at their personal strengths, abilities, and attitudes, and find a basis from which to grow (heal) forward. Many of us cannot “recover” to a previous state of health because there has never been one. Procovery looks at how a person living with a chronic condition can move forward in their life even though the disabling condition (mental illness) remains.
This group meets to provide support to each other as the group participants seek to manage the challenges encountered living with schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorders. The popular book “Breakdown to Breakthrough” by Dr. Ty C. Colbert, Ph.D. guides group participants in education about schizophrenia, self-care strategies, and suggestions to help manage this condition. Participants meet to share their experiences within the context of the day’s reading; explore coping skills, and; provide support to each other.
Self Management and Recovery Training is a science-based addiction support group. SMART Recovery uses scientifically tested methods for addiction recovery. Group participants learn self-empowering skills that help them change the habits of addiction. Group participants work with each other to challenge addictive patterns, and support the positive changes toward a drug and alcohol free lifestyle. This program recognizes that the road to recovery is not always a straight line. SMART Recovery is a world-wide community and offers online support and meetings to compliment the person to person meetings available in the area.