We offers a broad range of psychiatric services for children, adolescents and adults, including group therapy sessions. We hosts several groups regularly. If you’re interested in learning more on any of the groups listed below, please contact us for more information.
Men’s Domestic Abuse Group
The MPS Family Justice Men’s Program uses a 21-week psychoeducational format to hold domestically violent men accountable for their abuse.
All potential group members are provided a comprehensive screening to determine appropriateness for inclusion into the group. Those with severe, untreated mental illnesses or active chemical dependency issues are referred out until their conditions are adequately addressed and sufficiently stabilized.
All MPS Men’s groups are co-facilitated by a male and female team. Groups are limited to less than 10 members, but are open-ended, allowing new members to be assimilated with “veteran” members at any time.
The MPS Family Justice Men’s Program adheres to the Wisconsin Male Batterer Treatment Standards and strongly encourages participants to assume responsibility for all forms of intimate partner abuse. Safety from violence is always paramount, continually monitored and immediately addressed.
Program topics include:
- Domestic violence laws and consequences
- Causes and effects of abuse/violence
- Personal responsibility for intimate partner abuse
- Identification of abusive behaviors
- Relationship equality
- Sociocultural factors related to male violence
- Self esteem enhancement
- Anger management
- Conflict resolution
- Expressing emotions
- Working toward being a loving and supportive partner
- Development and use of support systems
- Decision making and problem solving
Adolescent & Adult Anger Management
This group accepts male and female participants. Court ordered referrals are accepted, although a participant does not need to be court ordered to participate in the group.
This group is appropriate for individuals struggling with the healthy expression of anger in many settings (e.g., work, school, home, friends). Topics covered include understanding anger triggers and cues, developing an anger control plan, the aggression cycle, coping with thinking that leads to anger, assertiveness, conflict resolution, and understanding how anger can affect families.
Participants are provided with workbooks that includes educational information about the topic of the week, as well as home assignments to practice skills and monitor anger between group sessions. Participants are required to attend at least 8 out of 10 sessions to successfully complete the group.
Adult Dialectical Behavior Therapy Program
The Midwest Psychological Services Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) Program is designed to help individuals learn and implement the four basic DBT skills:
- Distress tolerance
- Emotion regulation
- Interpersonal effectiveness.
This therapeutic group is tailored to address issues specific to individuals’ ages 15 and older. Not only will the DBT program provide psycho-educational and therapeutic interventions, it will also follow a process-oriented format, allowing participants to discuss personal issues.
An initial evaluation will be followed by an open-ended group format. New members are welcome to join at any time.
Program topics include but are not limited to:
- Emotion Regulation
- Distress Tolerance
- Interpersonal Effectiveness
- Thought Restructuring/Challenging Cognitive Distortions
- Effective Communication
- Healthy Boundaries
- Healthy Confrontation
Adolescent Dialectical Behavior Therapy
The 16-week Adolescent Dialectical Behavioral Therapy is a group therapy designed for adolescents struggling with regulating their emotions. Common referral issues include depression, anxiety, history of or current issues with self-harm, suicidal ideation, and trauma history.
- Mindfulness – Self-awareness of thoughts and emotions, learning about and how to use Wise Mind.
- Distress Tolerance – How to survive a crisis without making it worse, coping skills to help get through upsetting situations.
- Emotional Regulation – Learning about and understanding emotions, reducing painful emotions, improving mood/increasing positive emotions.
- Interpersonal Effectiveness – Skills for healthy relationships, learning about healthy communication.
Participants are required to complete an intake with one of the group therapists. All participants must agree to group rules before beginning the group, in order to ensure a healthy and safe environment for all group members. Male and female participants are welcome. Participants are STRONGLY encouraged to have an individual therapist.
MPS’s Mindfulness Group is a 12-week program for adults 18 and older that uses psycho-education and group discussion to allow for self-exploration, and learning and practicing mindfulness skills. Evidence has shown that the practice of mindfulness has been shown to increase self-awareness, insight and to provide individuals with tools to decrease a variety of symptoms, including anxiety, panic, adverse stress responses, depression, and chronic pain.
Weekly topics include:
- What is Mindfulness: Definitions, research, practices, practices, and benefits.
- Mastering the breath and shifting attention
- What prevents us from being mindful: Examining the clutter in our lives and in our minds
- Mindfulness for stress reduction
- The idea behind developing life balance
- Utilizing everyday moments for mindfulness in our busy, multi-tasking lives
- Monitoring our emotions and thoughts and discovering how to retrain our minds and bodies
- Living mindfully in our present moment while letting go of the past and worry about the future
- Using radical acceptance instead of unhealthy coping strategies
- Deepening self-compassion and developing self-awareness
- Mindfulness for physical pain
- Mindfulness for healthy relationships
- Using Yoga for Mindfulness practice
Please call (715) 381-1980 to check on group availability and to set up an initial appointment with the provider facilitating the Mindfulness Group. We will be happy to check on insurance benefits as well as provider availability.
Mental Health Therapy Education
The Process of Integrative Healthy Life Change
Dealing with the complex issues involved in addressing mental health problems can be confusing and overwhelming. Many find going to a mental health provider a bit intimidating if not scary. The providers at Midwest Psychological Services want to help you feel as comfortable and supported as possible in the process of overcoming your life problems. We feel it is important for you to be as informed as possible about mental health assessment and treatment.
This weekly, open ended psycho-educational group will cover the standard and state of the art therapeutic treatment approaches as well as the latest research and the related treatment ramifications of those findings. The group is intended for those in the beginning stages of individual therapy. The group will provide supplementary information that can enhance your therapeutic experience and provide psycho-educational group support that many find extremely helpful in developing new, additional coping “tools” in the positive life change process.
The following topics are examples of what is covered in the weekly meetings:
- Factors that are considered key in the initial assessment process and why
- How the process of change is gradual and multi-faceted
- The importance of adopting an attitude of exploration and curiosity
- The role and importance of complex systems in making positive life changes
- The role of adaptation in the development of psychological problems and their solutions
- Awareness of and sensitivity to emotions as an essential key to positive life change
- Neuroplasticity and why it is centrally important in making healthy life changes
- Positive personality trait change
- Assumption of personal responsibility in making positive life changes
Those interested in being considered for the group can call (715) 381-1980 for further information.
Midwest Psychological Services offers psycho-education and support to more effectively manage and cope with family conflict. Share your experiences and learn more ways to connect with your child.
Program Topics include:
- 1-2-3 Magic
- Bonding and attachment
- Stress management
- Consistency and structure
- Problem solving skills
- Alternative coping skills
- Blended, divorced and single parent homes
- Rewards versus punishment
The group meets weekly and is open ended which means new members are welcome at any time. It is an adult focused group, although some child participation asked. An initial evaluation is required prior to group involvement. Most insurances are accepted and self pay options if needed are available.
For more information, please contact us or call our office at (715) 381-1980.
Therapeutic Weight Loss Group
A Deeper Approach to Self Acceptance
Midwest Psychological Services Therapeutic Weight Loss Group offers a safe and secure environment in which you can explore the deeper issues that interfere with permanent weight loss.
This program uses both psychoeducational and process orientated formats to make permanent lifestyle changes utilizing a holistic mind and body approach. This open group for adult women meets weekly. Most insurance plans accepted.
PROGRAM TOPICS include but are not limited to:
- Body Image – Weight Loss
- Self Acceptance – Needs
- Media/Societal Pressures
- Relationships – Communication
- Healthy Lifestyles – Mindfulness
- Nutritional Counseling
- Stress Management
- Alternative Coping Skills
- Relaxation/Guided Imagery
- Family-of-origin Messages/Beliefs
- Disordered & Emotional Eating
Dissociative Identity Disorder Group
Research indicates the prevalence of Dissociative Identity Disorder( DID), formerly known as Multiple Personality Disorder or MPD, is 1.3-3 % of the general population. DID is usually the outcome of chronic and severe childhood trauma. The trauma can be from physical and sexual abuse, extreme and recurrent terror, repeated medical trauma, and extreme neglect. Most individuals with DID have suffered a combination of these types of trauma over a sustained period of time. Pathological dissociation generally results from being psychically overwhelmed by trauma. The dissociative phenomena seen in individuals that have experienced this type of prolonged trauma can be seen as a natural means of the mind to survive the horrors they experienced. The goal of treatment for DID involves increasing empathic and compassionate alter communication and cooperation in order to attain more rewarding and healthier life patterns.
Potential group participants are screened by one of our other qualified providers to ensure proper diagnosis and “fit” for the group. The assessment involves an initial interview and psychological testing. All group members are required to be receiving concurrent individual psychotherapy with a provider extensively trained and experienced in working with DID. The potential group member must be sufficiently emotionally and behaviorally stable before being allowed to join the group. It is highly desirable for group members to have successfully completed a Dialectical Behavior Therapy group program prior to starting the DID group.
The Dissociative Identity Group is an open ended group that meets once per week. Members can therefore begin the group at any time, provided there are opening for new members.
For more information, please contact us or call our office at (715) 381-1980.