Ongoing Groups:

Adolescent Female Process Group - High School
Day and Time: Mondays 7:00pm to 8:00pm beginning Oct. 2, 2017 - Dec. 11, 2017
Facilitators: Alyssa Abbate, Psy.D & Beanne Gremillion, M.A.
Location: Palos Behavioral Health Professionals in Palos Heights

This is an 11 week group specifically for female adolescents in high school (14-18 years old) who struggle with social skills, interpersonal issues, trauma, familial discord, self-esteem issues, etc. This group provides an opportunity for adolescents to interact with one another, discuss difficulties, provide support, listen to feedback, express emotions, and learn new skills. The goals of the group are to help the adolescents feel more comfortable in social settings, effectively express emotions, engage in self exploration, and learn more socially appropriate behaviors. All techniques are aimed at helping adolescents increase their assertiveness, self-awareness, autonomy, communication skills, and emotional maturity.

 

Middle School Boy's Social Skills Group - 12 to 14 year olds
Day and Time:
Mondays 7:00pm to 8:00pm beginning Oct. 9, 2017 - Nov. 27, 2017
Facilitators: Dr. Elizabeth Smith Psy.D & Patrick Kaulen Psy.D
Location: Palos Behavioral Health Professionals in Palos Heights

Social skills can be difficult for young persons.  The Social Skills Group for Middle School Boys offers children between the ages of 12 and 14 years old the opportunity to learn and practice proper social skills needed in a variety of life contexts including: home, school, and social outlets.  Members will have the chance to engage in a variety of activities in a supportive learning-based setting.

Focus of Group: Providing the opportunity for young boys to engage in and learn from structured social opportunities, while having support from clinical staff, in order to build problem-solving, conversational, and appropriate social skills necessary for life.

Goals of Group: Increasing awareness of self and others, identifying effective coping strategies and utilizing them efficiently in a group setting, identifying emotions of others and appropriately responding, and increasing cooperative interactions with others

 

Middle School Girls' Process Group
Day and Time: Thursdays 5:00pm to 6:00pm beginning Oct. 12, 2017 - Dec. 4, 2017
Facilitators: Angela Phillips, M.A. & Brianna Zumdahl, M.A.
Location: Palos Behavioral Health Professionals in Palos Heights

This is a 10 week process group formed for pre-adolescent females, specifically those in grades 5 through 8. The group is designed for girls in this age group who struggle with interpersonal difficulties, anxiety, family conflict, negative self-image, and emotion regulation. The goal of the group is to create a safe space in which members can form bonds with peers, discuss feelings/thoughts/ideas, and explore commonalities as well as individual differences. Group members will explore their understanding of themselves and the way in which they relate to others by gaining experience in discussing difficulties/fears/worries, distinguishing subtle differences in feelings, learning to articulate and receive feedback with peers, and develop age-appropriate social skills. 

 

Middle School Boys' Process Group - 8 to 11 year olds
Day and Time: Thursdays 5:00pm to 6:00pm beginning Oct. 12, 2017 - Dec. 4, 2017
Facilitators:Dr. Elizabeth Smith, Psy.D & Patrick Kaulen, Psy.D
Location: Palos Behavioral Health Professionals in Palos Heights

This is an 8 week process group formed for pre-adolescent males, specifically those in grades 5 through 8. The group is designed for girls in this age group who struggle with interpersonal difficulties, anxiety, family conflict, negative self-image, and emotion regulation. The goal of the group is to create a safe space in which members can form bonds with peers, discuss feelings/thoughts/ideas, and explore commonalities as well as individual differences. Group members will explore their understanding of themselves and the way in which they relate to others by gaining experience in discussing difficulties/fears/worries, distinguishing subtle differences in feelings, learning to articulate and receive feedback with peers, and develop age-appropriate social skills. 

 

Adolescent (High School) Male Process Group - Ages 14-18
Day and Time: 
Thursdays 6:00pm to 7:00pm beginning Oct. 12, 2017 - Dec. 4, 2017
Facilitators: Patrick Kaulen Psy.D & Brianna Zumdahl M.A.
Location: Palos Behavioral Health Professionals in Palos Heights

This is an 8-week group for male adolescents in high school (14-18 years old) who experience difficulties with interpersonal issues, social skills, family discord, identity concerns, confidence, and academics, among others.  It will provide participants the opportunity to interact and relate to each other, discuss difficulties, give and be provided support and feedback, and to acquire and practice new perspectives and skills.  The goals of this group include increasing interpersonal comfort and communication, promoting self-exploration and expression, and increasing effectiveness in managing stress and difficult situations and emotions. This group is run as an open-processing group, which means topics discussed are relevant to, and on-going in, group members’ daily lives.

 

Adolescent LGBTQ+ Process Group
Day and Time: Mondays 5:00pm to 6:00pm beginning Oct. 30, 2017 - Dec. 18, 2017
Facilitators: Elizabeth Smith, Psy.D & Catherine Jackson Psy.D
Location: Palos Behavioral Health Professionals in Palos Heights

Did you know youth who identify as LGBTQ+ are at an increased risk of suicidal ideation and self-harm, particularly when they also experience discrimination based on their sexual or gender identity? As students they are almost ten times as likely to have experienced bullying and victimization at school.

PBHP is proudly offering a 10-week interpersonal process group for any high school-aged adolescent (14-18 years old) of the LGBTQ+ community. Although a persons's sexual or romantic orientation or gender identity may not directly be a source of distress, people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or any other orientation or gender identity may find social stigma of living as a minority to be a source of stress, anxiety, guilt, and shame. 

Many of the concerns and life challenges LGBTQ+ adolescents bring to therapy are common among all people, including but not limited to interpersonal issues, family discord, stress and mood, identity concerns, and confidence. The goal of this group is to provide a safe space for adolescents to interact while providing support with specific goals, such as fostering healthy relationships, increasing interpersonal comfort and communication, prompting self-exploration and expression, and increasing effectiveness in managing stress and difficult situations and emotions.

This group is not intended to change a person's sexual orientation or gender identity or expression. The practice of conversion therapy with minors is illegal in the state of Illinois. It is also not aligned with the ethics of the professions of social work, psychology, psychiatry, or marriage and family counseling, which mandate therapists provide services to all people without discrimination. 

New group members must meet with a PBHP clinician prior to starting their first group for the protection of current and new members. Group facilitators are available to speak with parents and care-givers outside of group, however, Illinois confidentiality laws will be maintained. Please call with questions. We are here for you.

 

Middle School Girls' Expressive Therapy Group  - 5th - 8th grade
Day and Time: 
TBD
Facilitators: TBD
Location: Palos Behavioral Health Professionals in Palos Heights

This 8 week group is intended to provide middle school girls with an opportunity to learn and practice healthy ways of expressing internalized feelings related to:
•    Interpersonal relationships (family and peers)
•    Anxieties and Fears
•    Self-Concept
•    other emotionally dysregulated concerns

A variety of expressive techniques, such as mindfulness, movement, music, art, and sensory integration will be utilized to aid in the self-regulation of emotions. 

 

Mindfulness Group for Adults
Day and Time: TBD
Facilitators: TBD
Location: Palos Behavioral Health Professionals in Palos Heights

This is a 6 week group that can be especially beneficial for those who struggle with stress and anxiety disorders, mild to moderate depression, and chronic medical conditions. The curriculum involves learning mindfulness meditation practices and attitudes from the evidence-based Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program (MBSR) and incorporating them into daily life. It is an experiential skills group with supportive processing of experiences. Learn and practice effective calming, grounding, and focusing skills. Identify healthy resources to use during stressful times. Engage in supportive therapeutic group activities and discussion.