SBHS Outpatient clinic’s psychiatrists and advance practice nurses provide medication consultation and management to children and adolescents ranging from four to 18 years of age. Our patients’ parents also participate in this process and receive education on their adolescent’s medication(s) and behavioral or mental health struggles. SBHS therapists and counselors provide individual, group, and family therapy and counseling designed to provide structure and education to help youth and their families manage difficult behaviors. All forms of our therapy serve to encourage development or strengthening of alternative ways to respond to stressful situations and to communicate & interact more effectively with family members, peers, and other people in the adolescent’s community.
SBHS Outpatient Service offers the following groups that typically last for 10 weeks:
- Anger Management Groups
- Controlling Anxiety Groups
- Grief and Loss Group
- Social Skills Groups
- ADHD Groups
- Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) Group for Adolescents
- Drug and Alcohol Group
- Parent Support Group
- Autism Spectrum Disorder Parent Support Group
Clients who sign up for groups are expected to attend 10 consecutive sessions to graduate from the program. Upon completion of the 10th session, the group therapist will provide recommendation to families for continued participation or graduation from the group. Please continue reading to learn more about groups currently offered at SBHS.
Anger Management Groups
This group is appropriate for a child who struggles with controlling himself or herself when upset, has tantrums, and is aggressive toward others. This group will help your child or teenager learn to more effectively manage feelings of anger in safe and productive ways. It will also lead to reduction in frequency of tantrums and incidents involving demonstration of aggressive behaviors.
- Anger Management Group for Children 3 to 9 years; Tuesday 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.
- Anger Management Group for Pre-Teens 10 to 13 years; Thursday 5:00 – 6:00
- Anger Management Group for Adolescents; Monday 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Controlling Anxiety Groups
This group assists participants in building skills needed to negotiate school anxiety, social anxiety, and general anxiety. This group teaches participants how to more effectively manage stress, how to make their worries seem smaller, how to speak up for themselves, and how to feel better about themselves.
- Controlling Anxiety Group for Children 3 – 9 years; Saturday 11:00 – 12:00
- Controlling Anxiety Group for Pre-Teens 10 – 13 years; Saturday 11:00 – 12:00
Grief and Loss Group
This group helps children work through losses they have experiences including death, moves, or divorce. This group is held on Wednesday from 6:00 – 7:00,
Drug and Alcohol Group
This group is for teens who are using alcohol or other drugs, but do not require level of level of care provided by the Intensive Outpatient Adolescent Substance Abuse Program. This group is for adolescents ages 13 through 18 and takes place on Wednesday from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Dialectical Behavioral therapy (DBT) Group
This group is designed for adolescents who struggle with self harming behaviors or depression. This group teaches participants how to regulate emotions and make healthy choices.
Social Skills Groups
SBHS Social Skills Groups prepare children and pre-teens for success at school and home by building skills essential to managing conflicts, surviving and responding to bullying, getting along with others, and establishing and maintain healthy boundaries.
- Social Skills Group for Children ages 3 to 9; Tuesdays 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.
- Social Skills Group for Pre-teens 10 to 13; Thursdays 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.
- Social Skills Group for Children with Autism; Saturdays 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
SBHS ADHD groups provides education on ADHD and teach strategies for improving time management and organization, achieving academically, and building social skills to promote improved functioning at home and at school.
- ADHD Group for children ages 6 to 11; Saturday 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
- ADHD Group for adolescents ages 12 to 17; Saturday 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Parent Support Groups
SBHS offers weekly support groups that teach skills and strategies parents can employ to manage their children and adolescents challenging behaviors. These groups also provide parents with opportunity to spend time with other parents who experience the same difficulties and concerns for their children and teens, and to learn from professionals who specialize in treating children and adolescents
The general Parent Support group is held Wednesday evenings at 7:00 p.m.
The SBHS Autism Spectrum Disorder Parent Support Group is a specialized parent support group for parents of children who have autism. This group is designed to provide parents with skills and strategies essential to better understand and care for their children and teens. This group is held on Saturdays from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m., the same time as the group for children who have autism.