At Nautilus Behavioral Health, we believe that learning and applying new skills is often needed for growth and improvement. Groups can be an ideal setting in which participants can receive structured assistance learning and using new strategies for managing a variety of situations, emotions and behaviors. Groups can be helpful when the issues youth and families are dealing with are very focused. Groups are also a great way to practice and get feedback on new skills, which can increase the likelihood that participants will be successful when using these strategies in their everyday lives.
What kinds of groups are offered?
Groups offered at Nautilus Behavioral Health cover a variety of topics, including:
Adjusting to new medical diagnoses
Coping with chronic physical health problems
Improving adherence to medical regimens
Effectively parenting children with physical health problems
Managing life with a new baby
Helping your child develop healthy sleep habits
Learning what to expect when your child has ADHD
Managing your child's problem behaviors
Coping with stress
Learning relaxation and/or mindfulness skills
Learning how to become more assertive
Resolving conflicts with peers
Strengthening family relationships
Coping with caregiver separation and divorce
Fostering your child's independence
Improving organization and time management
Learning study skills to increase academic success
Planning for life after high school
The groups offered at Nautilus Behavioral Health are educational in nature and are not group therapy or support groups. As such, they are short-term (1-5 sessions) and involve teaching, discussion and practice. For multi-session groups, the groups are "closed," meaning that new participants cannot start after the initial session. This minimizes group disruption and ensures that everyone who is participating receives all of the information. Some group members may also be engaged in therapy, while others use group as a stand-alone service.
How do I request group services?
When we have upcoming groups planned and scheduled, they will appear on the Calendar page. However, you may be interested in a group that is already underway or one that has not yet been scheduled (from the above list of prospective topics). If you are not already a patient at Nautilus Behavioral Health and would like to participate in group services, please call us at 904-432-3321 and select option "2." Leave a detailed message on our secure voicemail system, including your name and number and we will promptly return your call. You can alternatively complete the form on our Contact page by clicking here. Please be sure to note whether there is a specific upcoming group or prospective group in which you would like to enroll. If you are a current therapy patient and are interested in participating in a particular group, please let your psychologist know and she can help you enroll.
When you receive a callback, you will be asked about what specific group topic(s) interest you, the general nature of your concerns, and some basic background information about your child and your family. Based on that preliminary contact, if you decide that Nautilus Behavioral Health seems like a good match for you, you will be asked to complete a New Patient Information Form before participating in your first group session. This will help us better understand the issues your family is dealing with and your preferences for communication and scheduling.
At Nautilus Behavioral Health, we will do our best to make enrolling in a group a simple process.