The Adult Inpatient Treatment Program of Providence Behavioral Health provides a structured, supportive environment for patients with behavioral health concerns who need 24-hour nursing care to ensure safety and well-being. Treatment focuses on evaluation, stabilization and assistance for these patients and their families. We then link them to resources in the community for ongoing treatment.
The focus of treatment is stabilization. The primary form of treatment is group therapy. Patients are scheduled for groups based on their individual needs. They are encouraged to attend groups each day as part of their treatment plan. We offer the following groups:
- Community meeting and goal setting. This group meets each morning to plan daily goals and activities and to discuss problems that may arise.
- Exercise group. A gentle-exercise group provides release of muscle tension and joint stiffness and helps patients prepare for the day. Both sitting and standing exercises are used. Each patient participates as he or she is able.
- Psych-education. This group focuses on each patient’s personal growth and helps the person develop healthy coping skills. Topics for the group can include communication, conflict management, distorted thinking and support systems.
- Structured task. Our care team selects and organizes a specific task for patients to complete as a group. The team provides help for those who find it difficult to concentrate, retain information, solve problems or independently manage unfamiliar tasks.
- Independent task. Patients may explore leisure interests and, at the same time, work on problem-solving and organizational skills in an unstructured group setting. This helps patients learn to adapt and be productive and to maintain independent functional skill while hospitalized.
- Group therapy. Patients meet in a group setting to discuss the issues that brought them to the hospital. Group therapy provides an opportunity to understand more about patients’ thoughts, feelings and behaviors.
- Activity groups. Patients come together for a structured leisure activity. Activities can include games, music, holiday decorating or artwork.
- Movement therapy. This group incorporates structured and expressive movement exercises in a nonjudging environment. Emphasis is placed on integrating body and mind experience and promoting tension release.
- Expressive therapy. Expressive therapy gives patients an opportunity to use art and/or creative writing to express and communicate feelings and thoughts.
- Relaxation group. Patients learn different relaxation techniques to decrease physical tension and increase stress hardiness.
- Addictions group. This group gives patients an opportunity to learn more about the interactions between drug/alcohol use, addictive behaviors and emotional problems.
- Values group. A chaplain leads patients in reflecting on the meaning of life and values at a time of personal crisis. Issues related to illness, grief and life changes are addressed in a nonjudgmental, confidential outlook that embraces many different viewpoints and philosophies, all of which can contribute to a healthier, more holistic life.
- NAMI support group. NAMI is the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the nation’s largest grassroots organization for people with mental illness and their families. Provided through NAMI of Multnomah County, this group offers support, education and advocacy as well as invaluable connections with peers who understand the challenges and joys of those who live with mental illness.
- AA support group. Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with one another in order to solve their common problem and help others recover from alcoholism. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. There are no dues or fees for AA membership; AA groups are self-supporting through contributions. AA is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization or institution; does not wish to engage in any controversy; and neither endorses nor opposes any causes. The primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics achieve sobriety.
- Medication group. A registered nurse explains the importance of medications in recovery. Patients learn what to expect therapeutically and whether medications they are taking have side effects that they should know about.