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Groups and Workshops

The Cohen Clinic hosts regular programming for veterans and their family members. For more information and to sign up, contact Outreach Manager Meghan Williams.

Monday:

Access Group (King Counts and Nancy Bandel)
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Access Group is intended to provide support, information and encouragement for clients who are
currently awaiting assignment to an individual therapist. We do psychoeducation and open discussion of
coping skills and members can share ideas as to how best to work through challenges. This group is a
safe space and any information shared with the group will stay within the group.

Tuesday:

Chronic Pain Group (Elizabeth Sherr)
11:00 am – 12:00 pm, starting September 25 th , 2018
Utilizing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Chronic Pain (CBT-CP) will encourage participants to adopt an active problem solving approach to managing the challenges associated with chronic pain. Techniques
such as guided imagery, mindfulness mediation/relaxation, SMART goal formulation, coping styles,
cognitive restructuring and sleep hygiene will be covered. The group will foster an understanding of
thoughts, beliefs, and behaviors and how social environments can impact chronic pain, encouraging
healthy behavioral and lifestyle changes.

Combat Veterans Group (Don McCasland)
2:30 pm – 3:30 pm, starting July 10 th , 2018
This group is for Post 9/11 combat vets, facilitated by a Post 9/11 combat vet. We will focus on issues
related to transitioning from a combat/military environment to a civilian environment, with a focus on:
relationships and communications with people who “don’t get it”, changing from a structured life to a
life where “anything goes, and no one cares about standards”, guilt and shame, goal setting, feelings of
a loss of comradery, and much more.

Next Steps (Kendra Lee)
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm, starting January 22 nd , 2019
This group is a weekly information session to offer support to clients before they begin therapy. Topics
covered include: What is Evidence Based Practice? Explanation of screeners and assessments during
intake and how progress is tracked. Self-Care. Mindfulness. Coping Skills. Local Area Resources and
Outreach opportunities in this community.

Wednesday:

Post 9/11 Women Veterans Group (Elizabeth Sherr)
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm (no start date)
This group is for post 9/11 women veterans. The group will focus on interpersonal skills and coping
strategies. Weekly topics will include: communication skills, relationships, navigating life outside of the
military, goal setting, women veterans’ health, comradery and much more.

Post 9/11 Women Veterans Group (Elizabeth Sherr)
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm, starting September 26 th , 2018
This group is for post 9/11 women veterans. The group will focus on interpersonal skills and coping
strategies. Weekly topics will include: communication skills, relationships, navigating life outside of the
military, goal setting, women veterans’ health, comradery and much more.

Making Marriage Work: An Education Group for Couples (King Counts and Julie Adams)
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm, starting November 7 th , 2018
During the “Making Marriage Work” group, you will learn what not to do and what you need to do in
your relationship to make it work and work well.  If the goal is a truly happy marriage, this group is for
you.

Caring for Caregivers: A Caregiver Support Group (Leahanna McDonald and Brittany Wilhelm)
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
This is an open support group for the caregivers of veterans, wounded service members, and
children/family members with special needs. This group will focus on self-care, psychoeducation, the
caregiving life style and empowerment, with the goal of reducing stress and improving quality of life.

Thursday:

Girl Power: A Support Group for Adolescent Girls (Tammy Leininger and Brittany Wilhelm)
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Together we’ll focus on positive ways to manage stress and other emotions, and build healthy
interpersonal skills. Weekly topics will include: Assertive communication, Problem solving, Building
resilience and self-esteem, Naming and taming feelings, Trust and intimacy and more!

Friday:

Choices – Anger Management Classes (Don McCasland)
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm, starting July 6 th , 2018
Class topics covered include:
• How to identify your “anger cues”
• Understanding the physical, emotional, and behavioral aspects of anger
• Creating and using a personalized anger control program

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