Clinical Activities

As part of the treatment at InnerWisdom, the client will be involved in some of the services listed below. There may be a difference in the intensity of the treatment, the length of time in treatment, the focus of the problem(s), the treatment plan goals and objectives, and the planned treatment outcomes for the Partial Hospital Programs, the Intensive Outpatient Programs and the Outpatient Programs. Each program has different objectives, different time frames, and different expected outcomes. In providing several different treatment options and programs, each client is assured of a flexible and individual plan of care. 

Advanced Stress Management and Behavior Modification: The negative reaction to stress is a learned behavior. If the body is expected to respond in a different way, the individual must learn a new behavior. This new response allows the individual to more easily relax during stressful situations, thus helping to prevent the development of stress related problems and illnesses.

Skills Group: This group utilizes cognitive-behavioral theories to help individuals look at their current belief system, self-defeating attitudes and thoughts, and their connection to feelings and behaviors. Clients are taught alternative coping skills, problem-solving skills, social skills, thought stopping skills, and positive affirming statements and behaviors.

Didactic Group Therapy: This is an equally important therapeutic modality, as there can be no change within the infrastructure of the individual's personality and psyche without first uncovering conflicting stored data, and ultimately learning new ways to use the information. Coping and life skills, as well as distorted thinking patterns and belief systems are highlighted in this intense format.

Expressive and Creative Arts Therapies: Creative arts and expressive therapies emphasize the simple act of creating. This can produce a sense of achievement and confidence that, in and of itself, has a positive effect on health. Artistic talent is not a requirement, since the goal is to involve the client in a creative expression of thoughts and feelings. An objective of these therapies is interaction. Often times these forms of artistic expression can free clients to share thoughts and emotions that are otherwise difficult to reveal in words and allows for painful, repressed emotional memories and thoughts to surface, where they can be explored, processed and resolved. 

Goal Setting Group: This group teaches how to set realistic short term and long term goals. Goals are set for the entire week and evaluated the following week. Progress in applying new coping skills, new communication skills, and expanding the support system is the main focus.

Group Therapy (Process Group): This is the most basic of all the therapeutic modalities. Each client learns to share problems in a supportive atmosphere with other people who have similar problems. The feelings and conflicts that led the individual to seek treatment are explored and new solutions are sought. As most people are reluctant to share their problems with others, group discussions lead to a shared sense of trust and a decrease in embarrassment and shameful feelings. 

Journal Writing: Journal Writing has helped many people release frustrations and sort out problems. It can actually assist in keeping one emotionally and physically healthy. We encourage individuals to keep their own personal journals. This provides a way for each person to express the feelings and events in their life in a private, yet intimate way.

Writing in a journal is more than simply keeping a record of daily activities. Writing about the feelings that are connected to problems are just as important as recording the facts. Describing a situation or event thoroughly, and recording what is felt at the same time, seems to help put things in perspective. It is also used as a way of tracking progress through the active recovery period.

Multi-family Group: This group teaches the client, family members, and/or significant others better communication and coping skills. A purpose of the group is to teach each individual about the warning signs of an illness, when additional help or intervention is needed, and actions that can be taken in the event of a crisis.  

Relapse Prevention Group: This group helps to identify early warning signs and symptoms of an illness. It teaches individuals to identify actions that can be taken when negative symptoms first appear. The internal and external triggers that may cause these symptoms to recur are also explored. Support systems are identified and maintained. Twelve-step support groups may be introduced and used as an adjunct to therapy.

Relationships Group: One of the most vital and often problematic aspects of an individual's life is a relationship with others. The basis of a healthy lifestyle is the development of trust and confidence in others with whom we relate. This group teaches ways to improve communication, intimacy, boundaries and conflict resolution in relationships. It explores codependency and addictive relationships, as well.

Step Support Groups: This group is a 12-step based support group that assists clients who are participating in an addiction recovery program, focusing on the development of an organized, focused recovery program. It addresses the addictive/compulsive disorders and their resulting behaviors. This group is open to family, friends, and significant others. Clients who have graduated from the program, or who are in one of the outpatient programs, are also encouraged to attend.

Stress Management: During the course of the training, participants will learn to recognize the signs of stress and how it affects the body. Each individual learns techniques for relaxation, such as deep muscle relaxation, deep breathing, and guided imagery and how these skills can be applied to day-to-day situations. Through repeated practice, a sense of mastery will be gained over stressful situations, and the individual will learn to cope more effectively.

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Our Skills

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Fabulous treatment program! Can’t put into words how grateful I am to have had the opportunity to come here.

  • 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.

    Bonnie Fall
    Former Student Intern