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Family Meetings and Education on Recovery

There are multiple services and programs available at Silver Hill to help either the adult or adolescent patient, together with their family, along the recovery process.  Learn more about the different meetings for patients and families.

Inpatient Family Forums
Transitional Living Family Programs
Intensive Outpatient Family Programs


Inpatient Family Forums

For patients receiving inpatient treatment and family members, Silver Hill Hospital offers several programs designed to educate family members about the patient’s illness, improve family communication and educate families to strategies that improve family functioning. Family Forums are organized so that coping strategies specific to the patient’s illness can be effectively addressed. Patients are encouraged to attend Family Forums with family members over 13 years of age.

Psychiatric and Co-Occurring Disorders Family Forums
The Family Forums at Silver Hill Hospital for Psychiatric and Co-Occurring Disorders are comprehensive, supportive and educational programs for families coping with the effects of mental illness, addiction, or both. Family members learn about the patient’s illness and are taught skills designed to improve understanding and communication. They will gain insight into the illness and learn to assess and enhance family coping skills. 


Acute Care Unit Patients
Time: Saturday from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Location: Acute Care Unit


Main House and Lodge Patients
Time: Saturday from 9:30 am to 11:30 am
Location: Martin Center Gymnasium
 
Adolescent Family Forum
The Adolescent Program’s Family Forum is a broad, supportive and educational program for families seeking to achieve recovery from the effects of their adolescent’s mental illness or addiction on their lives. This weekly series of educational and group discussions coupled with individual meetings with the treatment team helps families develop and enhance good communication skills, coping skills and problem solving strategies. The Family Forum works to meet the needs of the family caregivers and forms a support system for patients and their families.
  
Time: Wednesday from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm
Location: Patricia Regnemer Main House Third Floor

 

Transitional Living Family Programs

For Transitional Living patients and family members

Adolescent TLP Family Program – Weekly & Monthly Programs
This wide-ranging program contains both weekly and monthly components that address different aspects of adolescent illness and treatment:

Weekly Meetings
Family members and significant others who would like to learn the Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) skills, as the patient is learning them, are welcome to do so by attending this weekly DBT Family Program, which meets Wednesdays from 5:45 – 7:15 pm.

Eating Disorders Family Program
The program is designed for families who have a loved one suffering with an eating disorder. It is also geared to people who know someone or suspect someone may have an eating disorder, and will be helpful to those people who wish to learn more about the nature of these illnesses. The program provides information about the nature, course, and treatment of eating disorders and allows time for questions and answers. Participants will also have the opportunity to share personal experiences and offer support.
Time: Tuesday from 5:45pm to 7:15 pm
Location: Jurgenson Building

 
Monthly Meetings
The monthly program educates families about brain and emotional development in adolescence. It facilitates a greater understanding of mental illness and substance abuse and helps improve communication between patients and their families. It also provides supportive resources for families prior to discharge and helps prepare patients and their families for a successful return home. This program is divided into morning and afternoon sessions:
Morning 9:00am –12:45pm -- Family members only
Family members meet to receive education, information and support. There will be ample time for questions and answers with the program facilitator.
Afternoon 1:30 – 5:00pm -- Adolescent Patients and Family Members.
Patients and their families are encouraged to reflect on family relationships through supportive non-confrontational exercises, learn about family roles and dynamics to improve communication and focus on aftercare and discharge planning.

Addiction / Co-Occurring Disorders TLP Family Program
This is a four-day program for families of patients in our TLP to learn about the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of addictions and mood disorders. The program includes education about relapse prevention and aftercare strategies, communication strategies, conflict resolution and the opportunity to dialogue with other families in similar situations. Information on the neurobiology of addiction and mood disorders and medication education is also included in this program. Please check with your social worker for program dates.
 
Adult DBT TLP Family Program
Family members and significant others who would like to learn the Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) skills, as the patient is learning them, are welcome to do so by attending this weekly DBT Family Program, which meets Wednesdays from 5:45 – 7:15 pm.

Persistent Psychiatric Disorders TLP Family Program
This bi-weekly forum is for the families of patients in our Psychotic Disorders TLP. The program provides education, peer support and self-care. Families learn about symptom management, early detection of relapse and communication skills. Program meets Tuesdays from 4:00 - 5:00 pm. Please check with your social worker for program dates.
 
Chronic Pain and Recovery Center TLP Family Program
The monthly program provides an opportunity for family members and significant others to learn about the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of chronic pain and addiction. The program includes education about relapse prevention and aftercare strategies, communication strategies, conflict resolution and the opportunity to dialogue with other families in similar situations. Please check with your social worker for program dates.


Intensive Outpatient Family Programs

The Family Programs for the Intensive Outpatient Programs assist family members to regain stability in their own lives and develop concrete coping strategies at the same time the patient is working to do the same. These programs assist the families of patients who live at home while attending treatment at Silver Hill.

Addiction/Co-Occurring Disorders IOP Family Program
This monthly Family Night provides the family members of our patients the opportunity to better understand the patient’s illness and treatment. Subjects covered include understanding brain chemistry, bio-psychosocial aspects of illness, and improving communication skills with the patient. Please check with your social worker for program dates.

Adult DBT IOP Family Program 
Family members and significant others who would like to learn the Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) skills, as the patient is learning them, are welcome to do so by attending this weekly DBT Family Program, which meets Wednesdays from 5:45 – 7:15 pm.
 
Adolescent IOP Family Program 
Families join the teens for a multi-family meeting every Monday from 5:00 - 6:30 pm. The goal of this group is to introduce adults to the DBT modules and skills. Through the use of experiential exercises, adults and teens work together to practice the DBT skills they are learning. 
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