The PSR Program

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The Psychosocial Rehabilitation Program (PSR) at Thrive is designed to assist clients achieve the highest level of independence and recovery from psychiatric illness. Our curriculum-based groups help individuals understand their illness, learn coping

strategies to manage their symptoms, maximize their ability to live independently, and increase skills to effectively navigate their social environment.

To accomplish these learning objectives, groups run weekday mornings and are designed to address the following topics:

  • Symptom Management
  • Daily Living Skills
  • Relapse Prevention
  • Relationships/Communication
  • Coping Strategies
  • Stress Reduction
  • Problem Solving
  • Community Integration
  • Self Esteem

Through the group experience, clients have the opportunity to give and receive supportive feedback as they learn ways to overcome challenges together. Clients also share how they are using these skills to improve their daily lives.

PSR staff will work with clients and other treatment providers to develop a comprehensive plan tailored to a participant’s specific needs, with the ultimate goal of learning and practicing skills that enhance their quality of life. Clients will also be educated on community resources that can sustain their recovery after they are discharged from the program.

Call 708-383-7500 to learn more about the PSR Program.

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Coping Skills

This is a psycho-educational group that presents clients with a variety of coping skills to better manage difficult emotions, negative self-talk and challenging situations. Within a group setting, clients are provided psycho-education that pertains to various emotions and engage in discussions that allow for personal disclosure and feedback. Using the CBT model, clients make connections between their thoughts, feelings and behaviors through activities that model healthy, positive coping skills. Examples topics include:

  • Anger management
  • Anxiety
  • Stress reduction
  • Resentment
  • Guilt/shame
  • Self-esteem/confidence
  • Loneliness
  • Support systems
  • Emotional awareness
Morning Meditation

This is a stress reduction group where clients engage in calming techniques to help manage their psychological and physical symptoms of stress. Within a group setting clients participate in:

  • Light stretches
  • Guided imagery
  • Deep breathing exercises
  • Muscle relaxation exercises
Feedback & Support

This is a problem solving group that focuses on issues pertaining to immediate circumstances as well as planning for the future and resolving problems that interfere with client improvement and recovery. Group members participate by either disclosing personal struggles, or offering feedback and support for those who choose to share. This group assists clients in working through problems that hinder recovery, and promotes a safe and supportive environment where clients feel comfortable sharing and receiving feedback. This group indirectly engages clients in practicing:

  • Active listening skills
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Assertive communication techniques
  • Role-play exercises
  • Self-regulation
Goals Group

This is a daily living skills group that focuses on setting small, concrete goals for clients to accomplish within a timely manner. The SMART goal model (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Timely) is utilized to effectively teach clients how to break down goals into manageable and tangible increments, while also reinforcing personal responsibility and accountability. Clients are encouraged to expand upon accomplished goals on a week-to-week basis working to achieve their larger therapeutic goals. Examples goals may include:

  • Completing daily living tasks
  • Achieving personal goals
  • Reducing procrastination
  • Utilizing time management skills
  • Medication compliance
  • Self-care practices
  • Resource building
  • Engaging in social activities

This is a problem solving group that utilizes psycho-education and group discussions to help clients form and maintain positive connections and interactions with people in their lives. Examples of topics include:

  • Characteristics of healthy/unhealthy relationships
  • Establishing social supports/expanding social networks
  • Navigating family relationships
  • Navigating adult friendships
  • Boundaries, trust, respect and appreciation
  • Effective communication of emotions and utilizing assertive communication
  • Toxic relationships and managing difficult and unreasonable people
Skills for Life

This is a module-based daily living skills group that provides clients the tools to foster independent living abilities. These tools will further encourage clients to self- advocate and become more active within their community. Example topics include:

  • Employment
  • Financial planning and budgeting
  • Health and wellness
  • Organization
  • Utilizing community resources
  • Nutrition, meal planning, and grocery shopping
  • Dating today
Time Management

This is a daily living skills group focuses on time-management skills, organization, and problem solving techniques. Within a group setting clients utilize skills that may help them maintain productive, realistic schedules, implement planning techniques, and maintain organization. These skills may help clients to better achieve independence, maintain responsibilities, self-direct leisure time, and better prevent relapse. Tools utilized in this group may be:

  • Weekly/monthly planners
  • Forming “to-do” lists
  • Daily/hourly schedules
  • Responsibility/cleaning charts
  • Organization planning
  • Utilizing electronic calendars and alerts
  • Utilizing “meet-up” groups and community events
  • Shopping lists and meal planning
Relapse Prevention

This is a daily living skills group that focuses on tools and techniques to manage symptoms related to mental illness. Clients are given the opportunity to specifically articulate individual relapse prevention strategies to be utilized in a comprehensive symptom management plan. Instructional materials are also be used to assist in educating clients about mental illness. Topics for this group may include:

  • Emotional/behavioral self-awareness
  • Triggers and early warning signs
  • Crisis management and safety planning
  • Principles of recovery
  • Medication compliance
  • Communicating effectively with medical providers
  • Self-care
  • Coping skills
  • Mindfulness
Healthy Self-Concept

This is a self-esteem group that focuses on addressing irrational beliefs about the self and how these beliefs affect emotions mental and emotional health. Clients are presented with opportunities to evaluate their self-perceptions, learn how self-concept is developed, and obtain tools to combat imbalanced personal views of themselves. Instructional materials are utilized and clients are challenged to make connections between their thoughts, feelings and behaviors through creative activities that build an overall healthy self-concept. Topics for this group may include the following:

  • Social-emotional development
  • Recognizing and replacing self-defeating thoughts and beliefs
  • Unconditional human worth
  • Cultivating and reinforcing body appreciation
  • Self-compassion
  • Experiencing wholesome pleasure
  • Forgiveness and acceptance
Expressive Writing

This is an 8 week healthy self-expression group that encourages clients to identify, express and cope with emotions in a healthy, positive manner. This group is based on Dr. James Pennebaker’s model of “Writing to Heal”. Clients are presented with various writing prompts to help explore and discover how written expression is a powerful lens for processing emotional upheavals, identifying inner strength, and turning problems into possibilities. Clients are also presented with psycho-education regarding the writing process, participate in group reflections, and will practice writing for 20min within a journal that will be provided. Prompts for this group may include/address:

  • Distinguishing individuality
  • Improving self-esteem
  • Growth narratives
  • Personal narratives
  • Exploring values and beliefs
  • Envisioning future hopes and dreams
  • Various forms of letter writing


Mindfulness Basics

This is am 8-week practice-based Mindfulness group that provides psycho-education on the basic skills of Mindfulness. Clients increase self-awareness in the present moment, while learning ways in which they can decrease stress throughout the constant interactions with life’s experiences. This group will cover areas of:

  • Mindful eating
  • Deep and focused breathing
  • Meditation
  • Connecting with others
  • Informal mindfulness practices
  • Bringing mindfulness into daily routines
Trauma Group

This is a 24 week psycho-education-based, processing group that focuses on adverse effects of trauma, coping with difficult emotions trauma experiences, and making healthy behavioral changes that promote healing, forgiveness, and the ability to move forward. Example topics include:

  • ACE’s and Erikson’s stages of social-emotional development
  • How trauma impacts the brain
  • Trauma associated disorders: PTSD, anxiety disorders and depression
  • Grief, loss and abandonment
  • Emotional awareness/managing shame and guilt
  • Trust and boundary issues and development
  • Triggers and early warning signs of relapse
  • Maladaptive coping skills, suppressing emotions and avoidance
  • Healthy coping skills, self-care and psychological first aid
  • Trauma narratives/processing traumatic events
Meaning through Music

This is an 8 week healthy self-expression and practice-based group that encourages clients to identify, express, and cope with emotions in a healthy, positive manner through the use of music and lyrics. Clients will:

  •  Learn how to use music as an effective coping skill
  •  Explore the connection between music and memories
  •  Discover insight and meaning to better understand emotions and experiences
  • Learn how music fosters connections with others who express similar emotions and experiences
  • Participate in analyzing/writing lyrics to facilitate and further self-discovery