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Adult Psychotic Disorders Program

We use six different methods to treat adults with thought disorders.


Medicines are a key part of treatment program for many patients. The attending doctor or psychiatric resident orders medicines as needed.

Community/Goals Groups

These groups give patients a forum for discussing their challenges and goals. We strive to help patients form good problem-solving and goal-setting skills as well as healthy ways of communicating.

Psychoeducation Groups

Psychoeducation helps patients manage their symptoms through skill building and learning new ways of coping. The goal is to prevent relapse and re-hospitalization. We cover many topics in these groups, including:

  • Communication styles and skills
  • Anger management
  • Problem solving
  • Dealing with grief and loss
  • Family dynamics
  • Addiction
  • Abuse
  • Distorted thinking patterns

Activities Groups

Creative art exercises and music discussion groups help patients find healthy ways to communicate and express emotions. This in turn helps patients deal with the reasons why they were hospitalized.

Medication Education Groups

Our nursing staff goes over benefits and side effects of drugs with patients. We help each patient understand and follow his or her drug regimen. We strive to help patients stick to their prescribed medicine plans.


The goal of adult fitness time in the pool and gymnasium is to educate, instruct and allow for patients to experience exercise and activities which address the physical components of total wellness. Patients are encouraged to engage in some physical activity each day, and to include appropriate physical activities as part of their daily lifestyle upon discharge.