Among others, the following strategic concepts are commonly used therapeutically with the clients treated at InnerWisdom, Inc., in both the Partial Hospital Programs and Outpatient Programs.
The Social Support System Approach focuses on the individual's need for emotional and other support from family members, close friends and the community at large. It also focuses on the specific help these individuals can provide in helping to reduce interpersonal conflict and/or stress by helping the recovering person cope with high-risk situations and attitudes.
The Lifestyle Change Approach focuses on helping individuals develop and sustain new ways of feeling, thinking and behaving. Healing is not the same as being cured. Healing is a process of becoming a whole person - body, mind and spirit – in the best of all possible worlds. Healing is helping individuals find their own personal pathways to getting well again, in an effort to optimize their chance of recovering from their illness. When people open themselves up to the emotional pain caused by life threatening events, childhood traumas, grief issues, or other present or past stressful situations, life is able to take on a new meaning. The healing comes from surrendering to life as it is, with all the joy, anger, sadness, and emotional pain included.
Healing also comes through sharing the painful journey with others. Suffering brings people together in unusual, but wonderful ways. Wisdom is gained as a result of the suffering, enabling individuals to view living from a different perspective. Lives are forever changed, and life-styles dramatically altered, through the efforts of the individual as he interacts with a group of supportive and accepting people.
The Cognitive Behavioral Modification Approach, used often with individuals presenting on an outpatient basis, emphasizes identifying internal and external cues associated with negative behavior and distorted thinking. One of our most positive healing tools is the mind. It can only be used, however, if it is taught to assist in the process rather than hamper it. The experience of excessive stress, the thoughts of death, the memory of fearful events, the belief that one lacks worth, or thinking pessimistic thoughts can lead one to behave in self-destructive ways. These things must be changed. Negative behaviors must be identified, and core beliefs that led to the destructive behavior must be uncovered, if the mind is to be engaged as a positive force in healing.
Old behaviors die hard and old beliefs surface with even the best of intentions. Many of these seemingly irritating habits have grown into addictions or habits, which are more difficult to control or manage. Behavior modification techniques, 12-step programs, meditation, reflection and religious prayer, psychotherapy and hypnosis are all useful tools when it comes to helping the mind to change. Gaining a deep sense of guidance available through a spiritually based life is paramount if an individual is to be successful in gaining control of the beliefs the mind is willing to accept.
Only through a concerted effort in the gathering of new information and in the establishment of new beliefs, can a person really change their mind and therefore change their life.
- Most essential is our core competence in recovery. We maintain an experienced team, advancing our company-wide objective for highly applicable and cost effective mental health treatment.
- We know how to manage a crisis. We provide a rapid response to any situation as we can quickly evaluate the problem, stabilize the condition and anticipate a positive outcome.
- We apply our skills and expertise to help motivate individuals and groups to work together for the betterment of communities.
- Our client community is diverse and varied. This diversity is reflected in our treatment staff, allowing for healthy therapeutic relationships to develop.
- We understand that other people's feelings are central to emotional well-being. Modeling this philosophy is essential for success. Our treatment programs focus on social awareness - the ability to understand and respond to the needs of others.
What Our Clients Say
Everyone made me feel welcome; the staff and clients, from my first day. If I felt lost or confused, I was pointed in the right direction or was given information to answer my questions. I had time to get adjusted to everything without feeling hurried.
Alumnus, June 2014
All aspects of the program were special. The staff was kind, well trained, professional, and experienced. Treatment was tailored to each person’s needs, complemented by group therapy. My transformation has been wonderful.
Alumnus, March 2013
InnerWisdom provided an approach to treatment that renewed my spirit, mind, and body. I would recommend the program to any of my family and friends. The environment is nurturing for anyone needing an environment for recovery.
Alumnus, Nov 2013
I am very grateful that my treatment was at InnerWisdom, Inc. This place is very special and that is because of the staff and caring environment.
Alumnus, August 2012
Fabulous treatment program! Can’t put into words how grateful I am to have had the opportunity to come here.
Alumnus, December 2012
Inner Wisdom has a Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) where patients meet in groups with a therapist on a daily schedule. Patients have a variety of mental illness diagnoses, including Bipolar Disorder, Schizoaffective disorder, Schizophrenia, and substance abuse, which interfere with their ability to live a full and productive life. Students will have the opportunity to shadow therapists, facilitate therapy groups and Psychoeducation groups, meet individually with patients, and understand the case management required by Medicare and private insurance companies. Students work under a variety of therapists and can observe different styles and strengths. A strong team approach is encouraged. Students have the opportunity to get direct experience with patients and to use their skills creatively in offering therapy.
Former Student Intern 2014