A variety of therapeutic techniques are used during individual, family, and group psychotherapy depending on need.
Autism Spectrum Disorders
Grief and Loss
Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Chronic Pain Management
Rule 25 Assessments
Comprehensive Use Assessments
Animal assisted therapy: Animal assisted therapy has physical and psycho emotional benefits for individuals of all ages, and is particularly helpful for clients who enjoy options beyond that of talk-type therapy approaches. The intuitive manner in which animals interact with people facilitates slower, deeper breathing, heart rate/blood pressure regulation, muscle relaxation, physical/tactile comfort, playfulness, and relational attachment. Connection with an animal enables people to process and verbalize thoughts, feelings, needs, and experiences with greater ease, which can lead to reduced feelings of loneliness, isolation, and anxiety, as well as an enhanced sense of safety, confidence and self-acceptance. Children as well as adults can find engaging with a non-judgmental animal can create therapeutic opportunities that are beyond that of traditional talk type therapies.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR): An integrative psychotherapy approach that has been extensively researched and proven effective for the treatment of trauma. EMDR is a set of standardized protocols that incorporates elements from many different treatment approaches. To date, EMDR therapy has helped millions of people of all ages relieve many types of psychological stress. www.emdria.org
Somatic Experiencing: A psychobiological method for resolving trauma symptoms and relieving chronic stress. It alleviates traumatic shock, which is key to transforming PTSD and the wounds of emotional and early developmental attachment trauma. SE offers a framework to assess where a person is 'stuck' in the fight, flight, freeze, or collapse responses and provides clinical tools to resolve these fixated physiological states. It provides effective skills appropriate to a variety of healing professions. More information can be found at: http://www.traumahealing.com/somatic-experiencing/index.html
Incredible Years Groups: Incredible Years are Parenting Groups to support children in their social-emotional growth. The Babies Group is for parents of children ages 0 to 12 months, the Toddlers Group is for parents of children who are 1 to 3 years of age, the Preschool Group is for parents of children who are 3 to 6 years of age, and the School-Age Group is for parents of children who are 6 to 12 years of age.
Play Therapy: A variety of Play Therapy techniques are used with young children to resolve trauma and encourage healthy brain development.
SPARCS Groups: SPARCS (Structured Psychotherapy for Adolescents Responding to Chronic Stress) is a group that gives adolescents a new way to interpret the world around them to better understand and more appropriately respond. Group members receive new, more appropriate, coping skills to deal with stressful situations and emotions.
SPARCS Group for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders: This Group combines SPARCS Group information with Social Skills and Affect Regulation Skill to encourage successful, independent living.
TF-CBT: Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is an evidence-based practice that is shown to help children, adolescents, and their caregivers overcome trauma-related difficulties. The treatment addresses distorted beliefs and attributions related to the trauma and provides a supportive environment in which children are encouraged to talk about their traumatic experience. TF-CBT also helps parents to cope effectively with their own emotional distress and develop skills that support their children.
Total Transformation Program: A Parenting Program used for managing challenging behaviors in children and teenagers. This program can be learned on an individual or group basis. The techniques learned can also be used by Daycare Providers, Teachers, and other professionals who work with children and teenagers.
Anger Management: Strategies for Anger Management: For Teens & Adults helps teens and adults with handling their anger management in healthy ways. The curriculum covers areas of understanding anger, interventions for anger management and conflict resolution, and the differences between anger and abuse. Anger management sessions can be offered on an individual or group basis.
Domestic Abuse: The Duluth Model was founded in the 1980's and is the curriculum required by state statute for batterers intervention prevention. It is a way of thinking about how a community works together to end domestic violence, causing it to evolve all of the time. This may be offered on an individual or group basis.
ABC Chemical Health-Related Services:
A Better Connection, Inc. provides outpatient chemical health services for adults and adolescents ages 10 and older. We provide integrated treatment for co-occurring disorders. The level of care is decided on an individual basis as part of an assessment process that occurs at ABC, Inc. or other referral sources.
Levels of care available at ABC, Inc. include the following:
Level 1.0: Outpatient – adults or adolescents referred to this level of care are typically utilizing alcohol and/or substances in a manner that is risky and/or may be affecting their daily life functioning in such areas as relationships, responsibilities and employment/school. Treatment that is provided for this level of care consists of one to three hours of individual and/or group treatment with a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor or a Co-Occurring Therapist (i.e., licensed in in alcohol/drugs and mental health).
Level 2.0: Intensive Outpatient – adolescents or adults referred to this level of care are typically using alcohol and/or substances in a manner that is affecting their daily life functioning in such areas as relationships, responsibilities, and employment/school. Treatment that is provided with this level of care consists of nine or more hours of individual and group treatment with Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor or a Co-Occurring Therapist (i.e., licensed in alcohol/drugs and mental health).
Co-Occurring Treatment: ABC provides co-occurring treatment services. Co-occurring treatment means the treatment of chemical health and mental health at the same time. Integrated treatment treats both illnesses at the same time, often by the same provider or in combination with other providers based on risk and need. Integrated treatment may be provided by the same provider or in combination with appropriate providers based on risk and need. Integrated treatment of co-occurring is the most effective treatment as people don’t experience their struggles separately.
Adolescent Treatment: ABC’s Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselors have the education and experience required by the Department of Human Services to treat adolescents. Treatment involves both individual and family therapy.