Daily Treatment Plan/Review Group
Held daily, this group is designed to help develop goals and a plan of care, to assess how your treatment is progressing, to plan specific goals for the day, and to review overall treatment goals. Our treatment team is an interdisciplinary group that consists of our Medical Director, Dr. Paras Harshawat, the psychiatrist involved in your treatment, the Chief Nursing Officer, Admissions Department, Therapists, Charge Nurse and Technicians involved with your care. It is in this treatment team meeting that the daily review of your progress by all team members involved in your care will help to determine if changes are needed.
Group Therapy is offered several times daily and has a number of purposes: developing explicit treatment goals, identifying problems, engaging patients in the therapeutic process, and encouraging patients to continue therapeutic work after discharge. Group therapy is essential to assessing the post-hospitalization coping skills of our patients and their ability to regain the confidence they need to restore quality of life in a social setting.
Psychoeduational groups are held several times daily. These groups involve discussing specific topics, taking part in exercises, and completing assignments. Groups in the hospitalization program include:
- Day-to-Day Skills
- Life Skills
- Anger Management
- Medication/Diagnosis Education
- Cognitive Skills
Each class lasts between 30 minutes to an hour. Medication/Diagnosis Education Group is taught by a Registered Nurse. All other groups are led by qualified members of the Treatment Team. The selection of groups for your loved ones treatment plan is individualized and determined both by initial and on-going assessments by the treatment team and your input during hospitalization.
Structured activity groups are held daily. Expressive Therapy includes a variety of activities designed to help you learn more about yourself, learn how to solve problems, express feelings in appropriate ways, reduce stress, and improve relationships with others. Therapeutic recreational activities held at Harsha Behavioral Center include arts and crafts, sports and exercise, card games, board games, puzzles, video games, singing, reading, creative writing, reminiscing, music and pet therapy and discussion groups. Expressive and recreational therapy helps individuals reduce depression, stress and anxiety and to channel energy and ideas constructively.
Mindfulness is paying attention on purpose to what is happening in the present moment without judgement and with kindness. Many people often find themselves spending their time worrying about things that have already happened, or are anxious about things that may happen in the future. The mindfulness groups assist patients with finding various ways to help their minds and bodies relax, ultimately feeling less stressed and overwhelmed with various emotions.
Music helps to promote wellness, manage stress, alleviate pain and express feelings. Music can also inspire our patients to engage in group activities. Our patients benefit from music class weekly on all of our units. We also have a bluegrass band that volunteers once a month in our Savera Geriatric Care Unit.
Studies have shown that pets can have a beneficial effect on health and well-being: providing companionship, love, increased physical activity and emotional responsiveness.