Therapy Groups

There are numerous reasons why people participate in groups. Some want to address a specific difficulty or area of concern regarding themselves or their families. Others join groups to enhance their knowledge and learn new skills. Still others seek the support that groups offer for those who share a common experience.

The Family Institute at Northwestern University offers a selection of Therapy, Support and Psychoeducational Groups. All provide the opportunity to address issues and concerns in a safe, comfortable setting.

Types of Groups

  • Therapy Groups utilize interaction, sharing and feedback to help participants address a wide range of issues, including problems in relationships.
  • Support Groups are usually organized around a problem or concern that is shared by all of the participants. Often these groups are designed to help people adjust to new situations or experiences.
  • Psychoeducational Groups help participants develop new skills as they share information and gain knowledge about a particular topic or issue.

Current Groups

  • The Anxiety Network - The Anxiety Network offers a place for young adults who are struggling with OCD and/or anxiety symptoms. The group provides psychoeducation on obsessive-compulsive disorder and anxiety disorders, along with professional and peer support. Every other Monday from 6:00-7:30 p.m. in Chicago. $65/session, insurance accepted (BCBS and Medicare) and sliding-fee scale available. Facilitated by Kelly Dunn, MA, LCP, 847-733-4300, ext. 668 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  • Boys Adoption Group - A boys adoption group, for 10-12 year old boys, is an activity-based process group, open to addressing all levels and phases of growing up adopted on the emotional spectrum. The group provides a safe, productive and fun space for boys to connect and share in this common life experience. Mondays from 6:00-7:15 p.m. in Evanston. $45/session. Facilitated by Chaaze Roberts, LMFT, 847-733-4300, ext. 630 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  • Co-Parenting After Divorce: How to redefine your relationship in the best interest of your children - Ending a marriage or long-term relationship is incredibly painful. This process is infinitely more complex when children are involved, because former partners are still engaged in the lifelong relationship of raising their children. Navigating and redefining this new type of partnership is difficult and often requires some support to ensure that children’s needs are at the forefront. In this 10-week course for parents, Dr. Jenna Rowen offers ways for parents to create an effective, healthy co-parenting relationship. Group will begin January 28, 2016 in Chicago. $77.50 per session, insurance is accepted. Facilitated by Jenna Rowen, PhD, 847-733-4300, ext. 686 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  • DBT Skills Training for Adolescents and their Families - Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is designed for both adults and adolescents to learn better ways of regulating and managing emotions. This is accomplished by helping clients learn to balance change with acceptance. It has been found to be especially effective in working with adolescents as this is a stage of life when managing emotions can be especially difficult. This group is designed to help teens or adolescents who struggle with issues of depression, self-esteem, anxiety, self-harm, anger or other forms of emotional distress. Mondays from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in Evanston. The cost is $130 per session, BCBS accepted. An initial assessment is also conducted before starting the group ($195). Facilitated by Sydnie Dobkin, MA, LPC, 847-733-4300, ext. 617 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Skill Training Group - Training group teaching mindfulness, interpersonal effectiveness, distress tolerance and emotional regulation. Participants who attend the skills training group must also attend individual therapy with a therapist who works within the Dialectical Behavior Therapy model. The Adult group meets Wednesdays 5:00 - 7:00 in Chicago, and the Teen group Wednesdays 5:30 - 7:30 in Evanston. The cost is $60 per session. Contact: Michael Maslar, 847-733-4300, ext. 648.
  • Flight School for the Fearful Flyer - This group is designed to help people overcome their anxiety about air travel. Participants will learn important information about air travel and helpful coping skills from an experienced anxiety treatment specialist. Wednesdays or Thursdays in Chicago at 6:30 p.m. $450. Facilitated by Paula Young, PhD, 847-733-4300, ext. 635 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  • The Men's Group: An inward journey to self-discovery - This is a "here and now" process therapy group that provides an opportunity for men to support each other and become more empowered in their personal, professional, and relational lives. Wednesdays in Evanston from 7:00-8:30 p.m. $55 per session and Thursdays from 11:30 a.m.-12:50 p.m. $55 per session. Facilitated by Chaaze Roberts, LMFT, 847-733-4300, ext. 630 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  • The Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy Group for Relapse Prevention - The Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy Group for Relapse Prevention is designed to give participants skills to prevent and manage relapse into depression and/or anxiety. Mindfulness exercises will be taught and practiced in the group. Participants will also learn a Cognitive Behavioral model of risk factors related to relapse in anxiety and depressive disorders. The group meets downtown on Mondays from 5:30-7:30pm. $65 per session; sliding-fee scale options also available. Facilitated by Sara Morrow, MSMFT, 847-733-4300, ext. 758, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  • Perinatal Consultation GroupThis group is for practicing clinicians who work with perinatal clients. The group is based on a hybrid of readings on theory, literature, and the latest research concerning treatment of perinatal women and families combined with case consultation and presentations. Participants will collaborate on topics and readings based on interests and current client presenting problems. CEUs are available at no cost. Group meets monthly on Fridays from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., with a six-month commitment at the Chicago location. $75 per session. Facilitated by Nikki Lively, MA, LCSW, 847-733-4300, ext. 716 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  • Rainbows - Certified Rainbows facilitators offer Rainbows support groups for elementary school-age children struggling with parental loss such as separation, divorce or death. Groups meet at The Family Institute's Northbrook location. Facilitated by Ellen Bee, MA, LPC, 847-733-4300, ext. 104 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information or to register.
  • Social Skills Group Intervention (S.S. Grin) program - Do you have concerns about your child’s social development, such as making friends, interacting well with peers or appropriately managing emotions? The Social Skills Group Intervention (S.S. GRIN) program is an evidence-based social skills group that will help increase your child’s comfort level in social settings and gain confidence to engage with others. This group is for 3rd-5th graders (ages 8-11 years) and meets weekly for 10 weeks. S.S. Grin is currently running in Northbrook. Wednesdays from 5:00-6:00 p.m., and is facilitated by Julie Peterson, PsyD, 847-733-4300, ext. 687 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. $77.50 per session, BCBS insurance accepted.
  • Stepmother Support Group - This psychoeducational and support group for stepmothers provides an opportunity to gain support, discuss common concerns and to better understand the typical challenges of recoupling and stepparenting This 6-week group will meet in Evanston and will be limited to 5 participants. The cost is $420 for six sessions. Registration is required. Facilitated by Amy Wagner PhD, LMFT, ABPP, 847-733-4300, ext. 615 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Family Institute also develops groups to accommodate the needs of local schools or organizations. Continue to check this site for updates on available therapy groups.

 
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