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Information About Our Clinical Services

About Our Clinical Services

A full range of psychiatric and psychological services, including testing and assessments are available on campus. Each student receives a Diagnostic Psychiatric Evaluation and medications if they are needed. Most of our therapists are trained in CBT and EMDR, a psychological therapy to speed recovery from Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, facilitate individual and family therapy sessions.

In addition, Mingus offers a variety of groups that address the specific needs of each student:

Mind-Body Connection is a therapeutic group designed to expand the idea of fitness as a body only endeavor.  This 10-12 week session will explore the interconnectedness of the mind and body to achieve overall wellness.

Thinking Errors is a therapeutic group designed to identify and correct cognitive distortions that are usually automatic.  Some errors are: mind reading, catastrophizing, jumping to conclusions, magnifying and all-or-none thinking.

Expressive Arts: Cathy Malchiodi, licensed art therapist, clinical counselor and author of several books on the topic of art therapy stated, “Art therapy is based on the idea that the creative process of art making is healing and life enhancing and that it is a potent form of communication.  It utilizes the creative process, which exists within every individual, to promote growth, self-expression, emotional reparation, conflict resolution, and transformation” (Malchiodi, 2007).  She adds that it is not only beneficial therapeutically in expressing one’s thoughts and feelings but can also restore “psychological equilibrium.”   The arts are often implemented as a source of expression when individuals, especially those who have experienced trauma, cannot express themselves verbally.  Moreover, it often reaches the unconscious.  Art therapy is never about the final product, although the final product may be satisfying, but, most important it is about the process.

This expressive arts therapy group will explore a variety of topics and implement an array of media.  Students will enjoy this enriching experience filled with color and images, yet, more important, can attain healing, purpose and a sense of self-worth in the process.

S.A.F.E. Self-injury, which often takes the form of cutting or burning, is best viewed as a coping strategy: Clients usually injure themselves because they want to avoid some painful emotion, and self-injury brings a sense of control over these unwanted feelings.  This group will analyze early childhood beliefs and relationships and then incorporate psychoeducation and cognitive–behavioral strategies into the session. Interventions are designed to reduce self-injury by increasing awareness of impulsive behavior and expressing any avoided emotions. The S.A.F.E. Alternatives® philosophy begins with the assumption that, although temporarily helpful, self-injurious behavior is ultimately a dangerous and futile coping strategy that interferes with intimacy, productivity, and happiness. There is no “safe” or “healthy” amount of self-injury. Dr. Lader and S.A.F.E. (Self Abuse Finally Ends) Alternatives also believe that self-injury is not an addiction over which one is powerless for a lifetime—people can and do stop injuring with the right kinds of help and support. Self-injury can be transformed from a seemingly uncontrollable compulsion to a choice.

Mindfulness/Stress Reduction: is a therapeutic mindfulness-based group using a combination of mindfulness, meditation and body awareness to reduce stress.   Student s will focus on in-the-moment ways to address physical health and emotional wellbeing.

Indigenous Cultural Enrichment: Students in this therapeutic group will learn about Native American cultural, ceremonial, and historical aspects of their heritage.  This 10-12 week group will foster self-esteem, knowledge about their history and an increased understanding of culture as a strength.  Specific topics to be covered would include teachings on traditional medicines used for prayer and healing, using culture as a coping skill, using traditional knowledge to make positive choices, and understanding historical context for current common psycho-functional problems in Native communities.

Sexuality and Gender:  Understanding all aspects of our identity is important to knowing who we are and how we interact in our environments.  Sexuality and gender identity, like our family and ethnic identities, is an important part of who we are and influences our choices and how we feel in different situations, environments, and interactions.  This therapeutic group will explore different sexuality and gender identifications and what they look like as well the social implications of these identities.  These discussions will increase understanding of our own sexuality and gender identity and increase understanding in the differences in other’s identities.  (10-12 weeks)

Seeking Safety is a present-focused therapeutic group designed to help students attain safety from trauma, PTSD and substance abuse.  Key principles include safety as the overarching goal in the cognitive, behavioral, interpersonal, and case management content areas.  (10-12 weeks)

Relationships 101 (Healthy Relationships) is a therapeutic group designed to examine the essence of and types of interpersonal relationships, including those with family members and peers.  How personality affects one’s relationships and codependence will also be explored.  (10-12 weeks)

T.R.A.U.M.A. (Toward Recognizing and Understanding My Abuse, Grief and Loss) meets for 10-12week sessions and uses trauma-focused CBT, a best-practice treatment for traumatized children/adolescents and their families to, address the trauma and loss issues experienced by our students.  Our students learn what trauma is, its process, and its impact on both the inner self (thoughts, feelings, beliefs, values) and the outer self (behavior and relationships). The connection between trauma and substance abuse is also explored during the 12-week sessions.  The major emphasis is on social skills building and total-being wellness. 

Empowerment over Exploitation Protocol: a 10-12 week, therapist-facilitated series of interventions designed to enlighten, empower and equip our girls who are at risk for, have been victims of, or are survivors of exploitation, including sex trafficking, prostitution and pornography.  It consists of a weekly Bibliotherapy group, a weekly support group, and a weekly process group all focused on survival, resilience, and recovery using a foundation of prevention and education; session topics will include: what is sexual exploitation; prostitution is not just sex for money; the price of prostitution; all eyes on relationships: is he my boyfriend or my buyer?   how do I recognize dysfunctional/inappropriate relationships?; peer/media pressure; luring by internet; pornography/sexting; recognizing and breaking the cycle of exploitation, substance abuse and incarceration; body image; STD/HIV prevention/intervention; sexual exploitation is sexual abuse/dealing with my trauma; building self-esteem and self-sufficiency; and life skills training.

Healthy Coping Strategies is a 10-12 week group that will distinguish between internal and external coping skills; use journaling as an effective de-escalation  and reflection choice; use exercise/activities, collaboration and role play to move from the maladaptive to tan adaptive skill set.

EAGALA (equine therapy) gives our young women another avenue to work through their struggles and the ability to form a relationship with another living being that will not judge them, but will love them unconditionally. For some students, traditional therapy is a struggle; equine therapy is another way for them to work through their treatment goals and achieve a positive outcome. This program is based on the EAGALA (Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association) model and all facilitators are EAGALA certified.  The facilitators utilize this form of therapy for individual, family, and group sessions.  Depending on each student’s treatment goals, she is given tasks to complete with the horses, utilizing metaphors to facilitate therapeutic processing.  EAGALA can be used for a wide variety of topics, including but not limited to: trauma resolution, chemical dependency, anger management, family relationships, self-ham, self-esteem, assertiveness, teamwork, boundaries, communication, decision-making, trust, and self-confidence.  Aside from weekly individual and family sessions, there are currently two EAGALA trauma groups that each meet on a weekly basis. (10-12 weeks)

Transitions is designed to prepare our girls to maintain their positive gains after discharge from Mingus.  The 10-12week sessions focus on real-world topics ranging from understanding, restoring and releasing relationships, intimacy vs. sex, “ pregnancy straight-talk.”, total being-wellness, relapse prevention, “what happens if I fall”, to life skills training/support,  which includes budgeting, resource development and the art of resume writing/interviewing.  Mingus’ transitional coordinator assists the clinical director with facilitation and a speakers’ bureau, comprised of local community leaders, provides experiential reinforcement.

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