Group List

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Richard Hall Community Mental Health Center is pleased to offer many different groups available within our Outpatient Department. For more information and changes to our current group list, please contact our Access Center at (908) 253-3165. We accept Medicaid, Medicare and most third party insurances and a sliding scale is available upon request.


Fresh Start Recovery Group: The fresh start recovery group is for individuals dealing with co-occurring substance use and/or mental health concerns to feel as though they can start fresh in their lives and learn healthy coping skills to deal with stressors. Individuals will learn how to recognize triggers for unhealthy behavior and increase ways to positively manage them. Created within a safe environment, group members are free to discuss feelings, relationships and challenges they may be experiencing as well as successes.

Healthy Relationships: Most people want healthy relationships in their lives, but defining a healthy relationship can be difficult and often we have little to compare our relationships too. This group provides a safe place to discuss relationships; what makes them healthy and unhealthy, balancing power in a relationship and learning that healthy relationships are based on equality and mutual respect, not fear, threats or violence.

Anxiety Skills: This group is 12 week open group which clients can repeat twice. The group is skill based, and loosely based on The Anxiety & Worry Workbook; The Cognitive Behavioral Solution by David A. Clark and Aaron T. Beck (2012). Group members will learn how to define anxiety, different components of anxiety identify triggers and try coping skills in group such as deep breathing, mindfulness and cognitive restructuring.

Relapse Prevention 1: The purpose of the group is to offer members a sense of self-efficacy and stability in their ongoing level of functioning in the community. Studies have shown that people can learn to recognize and manage their symptoms and reduce the chances that they will relapse. If they do relapse, the symptoms may be less severe. Actions you can take before symptoms become severe can help lessen the effect of symptoms on your day-to-day life. Self-management can help you identify these early warning signs and create a plan to help with difficult situations.

Relapse Prevention 2: The purpose of the group is to offer a supportive environment as members strive to make healthy life transitions. Members may be experiencing challenges with ongoing psychiatric symptoms, poor ADLS, medication noncompliance, and lack of social supports. Members will explore how symptoms impact daily living, and build coping skills using CBT and DBT techniques. Members will be encouraged to exchange mutual support in an effort to prevent relapse while moving forward with life goals.

Relapse Prevention III: The focus of this group includes the development of coping strategies and skills that reduce the impact of the illness, the provision of support to manage symptoms and prevent relapse, and the reduction of stress for improved quality of life. Hope and the potential for recovery will underlay all of the interventions. Inclusive interventions will be psychoeducation materials, social skill training, cognitive-behavioral strategies, and behavior tailoring and relapse prevention techniques. (Adults)

Solutions: This is structured format group for the recovery from depression. In this group, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy techniques and psychoeducation are utilized. This group takes into account the barriers in the environment that contribute to clients’ challenges and encourages clients to seek practical solutions. This group operates on using group process through leader guidance, peer support, and feedback to positively influence goal achievement.

Strength and Support: This group will provide a supportive environment for members to explore how depression has impacted their lives. Members are encouraged to share their personal experiences while exchanging support with peers. The facilitator will provide educational materials about depression and will explore coping skills from various treatment modalities, including Strengths Based, CBT, and DBT. Group discussions will focus on helping members attain a balanced life and achieve personal goals.

Grief Group: Grief is experienced in so many ways -- physical, emotional, & spiritual—and every experience with grief and loss is both personal and unique. Individuals who are grieving wrestle with a wide range of emotions. This support group will provide a safe & supportive environment where individuals can process those feelings.

Open Art Studio: Open Studio Art Therapy is a group that offers a creative and supportive environment. Clients work on individual projects that are carefully selected as a result of deep looking and exploration that incites expression. Group format is open with clients following a course of 16 sessions that lead up to completion marked by client final show of work. Clients will be expected to participate in planning, creating, and exhibiting their work and be engaged in the group process, founded on the practices of witnessing and mindful listening.