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 Assesments and Diagnostic Assessments with/without Chemical Dependency Evaluations
Healthy Choices Program: Healthy Choices are good for the entire family! Healthy Choices is a program designed to make healthy choices easier by providing groups for children and adults at the same time. Groups include a Mental Health Clinician, as well as a Registered Dietitian. Session goals for the groups will be similar so families can work together to make positive and healthy choices. Monday Groups are from 5:15-6:15 pm and address emotional or binge eating. Tuesday Groups are from 5:15 to 6:15 pm and address bulimia and anorexia. Transportation services may be available through the PrimeWest Grant in partnership with St. Joseph's Area Hospital Center for Weightloss Management. Nutrition education and cooking classes will also occur. Healthy Choices mental health and nutritional services can also be done on an individual basis.
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 Day Care 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 cover 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.
Mind, Body, Food Group: The Mind, Body, Food Group will meet weekly to assist persons in attaining and maintaining a healthy weight, reducing excessive exercise and/or stopping binging and purging behaviors. This group will meet Tuesdays from 11:00am to 11:55am. Group therapy for eating disorders can be incredibly helpful and healing. Therapeutic interventions will include cognitive-behavioral (i.e., reframing unhelpful thinking and experiementing with new behaviors), motivational enhancement (i.e., assisting each person in identifying individual motivators), step-wise treatment (i.e., identifying individual "stages of change" and providing support for moving towards healthier behaviors), and trauma-informed treatment (i.e., increasing understanding around how adaptations to adverse childhood experiences-ACEs- can become maldaptive in adulthood and teaching clients new ways to emotionally regulate.) Clients whose struggle with bulimiea or anorexia is jeopardizing their physical health will be recommended to meet with a Registered Dietitian for dietary support. Clients may be recommended to obtain a full physical if they have not had medical services in the past year. Family involvement in treatment is encouraged.
ABC Chemical Dependency-Related Services:
A Better Connection, Inc. provides non-residential chemical dependency services for adults as adolescents ages 10 and up. We also specialize in providing 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. Factors which are assessed in determining the proper level of care include recovery environment, readiness for change,
Levels of care available at ABC, Inc. include the following:
Level .5: Early Intervention/Education – adolescents or adults referred to this level of care typically are those that may be beginning to utilize alcohol or substances in a manner that is risky or abusive. (Note – all alcohol or substance use by persons under 21 is risky.) Treatment that is provided for this level of care consists of two to four hours of individual treatment with a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor or a Co-Occurring Therapist (i.e., licensed in alcohol/drugs and mental health).
Level 1.0: Out Patient – 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/o9r 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 Out Program – 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 is also approved to specialize in the treatment of 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 of co-occurring is the most effective treatment as persons often 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.