White River Junction VA Medical Center, Vermont
Group Therapy Description
This 12-step support group is an open discussion meeting for all veterans who have the desire to quit drinking alcohol.
ACT is a form of behavior therapy, grounded in mindfulness practice. The goal of therapy is to help individuals be more skillful, effective and flexible in handling challenges that might interfere with their pursuit of a vital life. ACT asks the following question - “Given what is important to me, what am I willing to do and experience to move me in that direction in this moment?”
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
This psycho-educational group provides skills to create successful change. This involves the initiation of abstinence, the prevention of relapse, and the development of new ways to cope with negative thoughts.
Continuing Care Group
The Continuing Care Group is a psychotherapy group open to inpatients and outpatients. The focus of the group is on current issues in the person's life including relationship difficulties, depression, anxiety, and substance use. Group members are encouraged to talk about their experiences and offer feedback and support to fellow group members
Co-Occurring Disorders Group
This is a psycho-educational group for veterans who suffer from a mental health disorder and are addicted to alcohol or other drugs. This group provides veterans with skills to integrate and manage both disorders.
Depression/Anxiety Group is an open group. The focus is on helping participants respond more skillfully when they experience symptoms of anxiety and depression. The facilitators use a mindfulness based approach, often using experiential exercises and metaphors borrowed from ACT and DBT.
Life Beyond Mental Illness
Life Beyond Mental Illness focuses on recovery from mental illness. This group involves developing the capacity to utilize strengths, values and talents to build the life that you want.
Life Style in Balance
This is a psycho-educational group which teaches biological and psychosocial skills. The goal is to use these skills to help strengthen the neglected areas of an addict's life.
Loss and Healing Group
The Loss and Healing Group is a support group for veterans and their partners/spouses that meets weekly. The group shares and supports experiences of loss such as health, family member, friend, job, sense of self, and pets. Chaplain Joe O’Keeffe and Rebecca Robinson facilitate the group.
Medical Aspects of Addiction
This is a psycho-educational group that provides information on the long term medical consequences of excessive use of alcohol and other drugs.
Pain Management Group
Pain Management Group is a support group for veterans suffering with chronic pain. We check-in with the participants each week and chart their pain level, energy and mood over the past week. It is a forum for sharing information between participants and facilitators and for lending support.
Psychology Stress and Anger Management Group
Psychology Stress and Anger Management Group is an open group. The focus is on helping participants respond more skillfully when they experience problematic anger and stress. The facilitators use a mindfulness based approach, often using experiential exercises and metaphors borrowed from ACT and DBT.
PTSD Skills Group
This group provides information about Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). It includes education about the symptoms of PTSD and helps individuals identify healthy ways to cope with PTSD.
This is an open support and education group for partners of veterans or service members with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The purpose of the group is to provide support and PTSD information to partners of veterans and service members with PTSD to help facilitate the veteran’s/service member’s recovery and the partner’s well-being.
Contact for more information:
Ann Kraybill @ 802-295-9363 ext. 5653 or Lisa Harmon @ ext. 6033.
REBT is a practical, action-oriented approach to coping with problems and enhancing personal growth. This group helps participants uncover their individual set of beliefs (attitudes, expectations and personal rules) that frequently lead to emotional distress. Through REBT practices people learn how they needlessly upset themselves, and how they can empower themselves to lead happier and more fulfilling lives
Relapse Prevention Group
This is a support group for veterans to identify triggers that cause relapse. The group also provides educational support to help prevent relapse.
Seeking Safety is a present-focused therapy group to help people attain safety from trauma/PTSD and substance abuse. The group provides education on developing healthy coping skills. It also provides support as individuals apply those skills their lives.
Suboxone Support Group
This is a support group for veterans with opioid dependence. This group provides a support network and coping skills to help veterans avoid relapse and significantly improve their likelihood of long-term treatment success.
Vermont Vet-to-Vet is made up of all volunteers, with its sole purpose of helping Veterans recover from their mental illnesses and substance abuse problems. Peer support is provided through the Veterans own experiences, strengths, and hopes. Vet-to-Vet is open to all eras of combat and peacetime veterans. Vet-to-Vet is open to men and women.
Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP)
WRAP is a method of identifying + developing healthy coping strategies for managing psychiatric symptoms.Creating and following a Wellness Recovery Action Plan can help you to develop an increased sense of control in your life through concrete skills that will help you to manage problems related to mental health.
Learn to Crochet
This group is open to Veterans, family members and staff. Learn to crochet a scarf or bring a project you are working on. Yarn and crochet hooks will be provided. Crocheting is an excellent stress relieving activity. Tuesday 1pm Rec Therapy Office (Building 1, Room 1)
Painting for Relaxation
This group is designed to offer a safe space for Veterans to express themselves through painting. Painting for Relaxation gives clients creative tools, breathing techniques and a visual representation of their experience. Tuesdays 10am Rec Therapy Office (Building 1, Room 1)
Learn about yourself and find your inner writer and artist. Don’t worry if you can’t draw or struggle with writing; this group will make a writer and artist out of everyone! Bring your own journal or one will be provided to you. Wednesdays 1pm Rec Therapy Office (Building 1, Room 1)
Learn to Knit
This group is open to Veterans, family members and staff. Bring a project you are working on or use the yarn and knitting needles provided to create a scarf! Reduce anxiety by learning to knit. Friday mornings 9-12 Rec Therapy Office (Building 1, Room 1)