Group Programme

Vista Clinic’s daily patient programme consists of various activities, ranging from chapel services to therapeutic groups sessions to psycho-educational groups. The well researched and carefully developed programme assist patients in their recovery and ensures maximum benefit of their stay at the clinic.

Both therapeutic and psycho-educational groups cover a variety of themes. Therapeutic groups assist in the therapeutic assimilation of the patient, where the psycho-educational groups provides much needed information and insight into the patients need to promote recovery.

Browse below to see and overview of what the psycho-educational groups have to offer.

LIST OF GROUPS MAIN TOPIC/S DISCUSSION POINTS
Anger management Management of anger /aggression

What is anger?

The anger range

Anger – good or bad

The sources of anger

Physical reaction to anger

Types of anger

Handling anger

Anxiety Overview of anxiety disorders

Definitions

Kinds of anxiety

Dimensions of anxiety

Origins of fear

Contributory factors to anxiety

Coping methods

Anxiety breathing Breathing regulation

Introduction to breathing

During breathing

The diaphragm’s role in breathing

Breathing correctly

Hyperventilation

Practical breathing exercises

Anxiety disorders series

Biological

Psychological

Social

Spiritual aspects of anxiety disorders

Biological:

What is anxiety

Anxiety v fear

Types of anxiety disorders

Biological causes of anxiety

Comorbid or co-occurring with other psychiatric disorders

Psychological:

Hyperventilation or over-breathing

Cognitive behavioural therapy

Rational and Irrational thinking

Social: Social effects of anxiety disorders      

           Social causes of anxiety disorders

                Treatment of anxiety disorders

Spiritual:

Religion and Anxiety

Religion supports us when anxious

Spiritual pointers to assist with anxiety

Take one day at a time

Be careful of avoidance behaviour

Face the fear

Develop an attitude of gratitude

Meditate on the psalms

Practice God’s presence

Keep your spirituality strong

Balanced lifestyle The creation and importance of a balanced lifestyle

Definitions

The importance of a balanced life style

Physical elements

Psychological elements

Spiritual elements

Social elements

Financial elements

Believing in myself Self-esteem and the improvement thereof

Definitions

Origin of self-esteem

Consequences of low self-esteem

Divisions of self-esteem

Self-image improvement

Self-confidence improvement

Self-respect improvement

Change Management Dealing with change and the elements thereof

Types of change

Effects and responses to change

Attitudes towards change

Resistance

Self awareness

Support structures

Change facilitating tools

Communication Correct communication

Defining correct communication

Basic skills required for healthy communication

Barriers to healthy communication

Five levels of communication

Rules for effective communication

Conflict management Causes of conflict and the management thereof

Definitions

Causes of conflict

Conflict styles

Manipulation techniques

Overcoming negative techniques

Destructive beliefs Cognitive Behaviour Therapy approach to the reframing of negative / irrational thought patterns

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy model

Disputing destructive thought patterns

Identification of irrational thoughts

Replacing (reframing) destructive thoughts

Effects of destructive thoughts

Self talk

Integrating life (Facing the future) Overview of using the tools gained through therapy and re-integration plan after discharge

Expected reactions on discharge

Implementation (of tools)

Impact of re-integration on the individual

Re-integration Family

Re-integration work

Re-integration guideline plan

Forgiveness Clarification on the topic of forgiving

Defining forgiveness

Importance of forgiving

Methods of forgiving
Grief recovery Overview of and methods of dealing with loss

Framing the concept of loss

The five faces (stages) of grief

Moving towards recovery

Guilt Identification and processing of guilt

Identification

Causes of guilt

Consequences of guilt

Classification of guilt feelings

Types of guilt

Methods of dealing with guilt

Healing emotions Exploration of emotions and how to deal with them

Definitions

Components of emotions

Types of emotions

The consequences of emotions

Steps to deal with emotions

Relationship series Dealing with and understanding the elements of a romantic relationship

Definitions

Myths with regard to relationships

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy

Irrational and rational beliefs

Relationship phases

Relationship structures

Communication in a relationship

The five love languages

Characteristics of relationships

Conflict management

The four horseman

Manipulation

Mood disorder series

Biological

Psychological

Social

Spiritual aspects of mood disorders

Biological

Definitions

Types of depression

Biological causes of depression

Biological aspects of depression

Neuro-transmitters and how they should work

Effects of neuro-transmitters

Treatment for biological aspects of depression

Antidepressant classes

Electro convulsive therapy

Diet

Psychological

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy

Irrational beliefs

Rational beliefs

Toxic belief system

Disputing and challenging beliefs and automatic thinking

Social

Boundaries

Good mood diet

Social health pointers

Spiritual

Influences

Mood disorders and spirituality

Beliefs

Circumstances

Grief

Isolation

Anger

Guilt

Worry

Unforgiveness

Suicide

Hope and healing

Forgiveness

Renewing thoughts

Motivation Aspects regarding motivation

Definitions

Importance of motivation

Sources of motivation

Motivation enhancing pointers

Seeking solutions Practical solutions to problem solving

Aspects creating the need for solutions

Problem solving skills

Spiritual growth Principles on improving spiritual life

Read the bible – do bible study

Pray

Practise fellowship with others – worship

Willingness to change behaviour – obedience
Time management An overview of time influencing factors

Why is time management necessary

Time wasters

Time management balance

Time budget

Time saving pointers

Tools for effective time management

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