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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 Christie Stiff, MSMFT, 847-733-4300, ext. 763 for more information or to register.
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.