“Pre-vocational services” encompass interventions, strategies and activities in a partial care program that assist individuals to adopt basic work behavior, attitudes and skills. This includes such areas as decision-making, negotiating needs, interpersonal issues, managing psychiatric symptoms and adherence to medication schedules. Job search strategies, completing an application and mock job interviews are also included.
To maximize recovery, group focuses on different types of healthy behavioral strategies and incorporating these into one’s daily life. This includes meditation, yoga, mindfulness exercises, progressive muscle relaxation, deep breathing, walking meditation and chair exercise.
Stages of Change Group
In 1977, two well-known researchers, DiClemente and Prochaska, introduced a five-stage model, the Transtheoretical Model (also called the Stages of Change Model) to help professionals understand their clients and motivate them to change. At each stage, different intervention strategies help individuals progress to the next stage and through the model. Participants are able to identify their stage of change throughout the treatment process as a way to measure progress. The Stages of Change model is applied to address a range of health behaviors, including tobacco use, weight management, medication compliance, addiction, and physical activity, among other topics.
This psychoeducational group educates participants about trauma, with a combination of trauma-related topics and exercises intended to build skills in the areas of self-regulation, empathy, and interpersonal problem-solving. Content areas include: the nature of trauma; impact of trauma on emotions, relationships; trauma-related psychiatric disorders; and treatment modalities. Group focuses on developing cognitive/behavioral and interpersonal skills, using standard techniques such as role-play and cognitive restructuring. The emphasis is on teaching coping skills, discussion of the range of occurrences that can trigger PTSD, typical symptoms, and associated behaviors. Principles of self-care and recovery are included, as well as describing specific self-management techniques such as relaxation and affect management.