Therapeutic Groups


Two or more patients may participate in therapy at the same time. Patients are able to share experiences and learn that others feel the same way and have had the same experiences. Therapeutic Groups are designed to serve individuals with impaired functioning who would benefit from a structured program providing curriculum-based services. Services are provided to build resilience, and to support the recovery and/or well-being of individuals and the integration of individuals served into the community. Through service provision, symptoms and/or needs will be reduced and individuals will experience an improvement in level of functioning in their environment. Therapeutic Groups are structured to improve the ability of individuals served to reside in the community. The program strives to continually improve service provision in order that individuals served experience an enhanced quality of life.

The Therapeutic Groups offer the following services to individuals served in order to meet established goals and objectives:

  1. Curriculum-based services designed to assist individuals with the following: understanding and coping with a psychiatric disorder; appropriate socialization and behavior; daily living skill acquisition; and educational/vocational development.
  2. Curriculum is provided on various methods of presentation including role play, guest speakers, trainer instruction/lecture, consumer instruction/lecture and hands-on training.
  3. Structured physical, recreational and arts/crafts activities.

Theater Arts Therapy: Horizon Ridge Clinic work with targeted population of abused and neglected children who turn their trauma into triumph. Through the journey of non-traditional therapy, children in the theatrical program learn to express their feelings and experiences through the use of dance, song and drama. Their destination is simple healing. Group therapy is provided to youth between the ages of 10-18. Groups are non-traditional in nature, in that visual and performing arts are used as a main treatment modality to increase self-awareness, self-esteem, and self-reliance. Various traditional treatment modalities are also used. Issues such as child abuse, drug and alcohol abuse, abandonment, parent/child conflict, adoption and violence are discussed during group. Youth can further enhance their growth and development, thus aiding them in becoming responsible adults.

Music Therapy: Horizon Ridge Clinic aids in fostering skills across the entire developmental spectrum for children with special needs and their typically developing peers. The program will encourage a child’s sense of exploration and wonder as they focus on targeted goals. Music is used to accomplish therapeutic and educational goals. Music helps to improve cognitive, social, physical, psychological, and communication functioning. Design and implement music sessions for individuals and groups based on the specific needs of the children. Music also provides an opportunity for the children to practice and generalize the skills they acquire throughout their school day.

Expressive Art Therapy: Horizon Ridge Clinic art therapy approach will work with clients, facilitated by the art therapist, use art media, the creative process, and the resulting artwork to explore their feelings, reconcile emotional conflicts, foster self-awareness, manage behavior and addictions, develop social skills, improve reality orientation, reduce anxiety, and increase self-esteem, among other goals. The goal in art therapy is to improve or restore a client’s functioning and his or her sense of personal well-being. Art therapy practice helps develop knowledge and skills in the usage of visual art (e.g. drawing, painting, sculpture, and other art forms), and the creative process, coupled with application of theories and techniques of human development, psychology, and counseling.