INDIVIDUAL/GROUP COUNSELING
LIFE SKILLS SUPPORT CENTER (LSSC)

Located on the 5th floor of Malcolm Grow Medical Center; 240-857-7186

Anxiety Management Program

The Anxiety Management Program is a 4-session cognitive-behavioral treatment program focusing on learning to alter symptoms of anxiety. Through application of techniques supported by the latest research, participants in this program are encouraged to recognize the physical, emotional and behavioral symptoms of anxiety; to develop skilled use of strategies for modifying thoughts and behaviors related to anxiety; to apply and practice these strategies through planned between-session exercises; and to improve functioning and problem-solving capabilities. The program consists of weekly classes held on Wednesday afternoons from 1400 - 1500 for 4 consecutive weeks. Contact LSSC for the start of the next available group.


Depression Management Program

The Depression Management Program is a 4-session cognitive-behavior treatment program focusing on understanding and learning to alter symptoms of depression. Through application of techniques supported by the latest research, participants in this program are encouraged to recognize the physical, emotional and behavioral symptoms of depression; to increase or resume participation in valued activities and physical exercise; to improve problem-solving capabilities; to develop skilled use of strategies for modifying negative thinking patterns; and to apply and practice these strategies through planned exercises. The program consists of weekly classes held on Wednesday afternoons from 1200 - 1300 for 4 consecutive weeks. Call Life Skills Support Center (LSSC) for the start date of the next available group.


Healthy Thinking Class (Different from "Healthy Living Workshop" at the HAWC")

The Healthy Thinking Class is a 2-session cognitive-behavioral treatment program focusing on understanding and learning to alter extreme ways of thinking. Through application of techniques supported by the latest research, participants in this program are encouraged to recognize the physical, emotional and behavioral symptoms related to extreme thoughts; to develop skilled use of strategies for decreasing the duration and intensity of these thought; and to apply and practice these strategies through planned exercise held on Wednesday afternoons from 1230 - 1330 for 2 consecutive. Contact LSSC for the start date of the next available group.


Behavioral Medicine Services (BMS)

Located on the 4th floor of Malcolm Grow Medical Center; 240-857-8942

Often when people have a chronic illness or pain condition, they begin to feel as if it is controlling their lives. Treatment at BMS is aimed at helping patients improve their quality of life, learn to do more in spite of any medical condition and in some cases reduce symptoms. Service is provided to patients with a wide variety of chronic medical or stress related conditions. A list of the more common conditions is as followed:

Insomnia
Tension and Migraine Headaches
Low Back Pain
Other Pain Conditions (e.g., neck, shoulder, pelvic)
Fibromyalgia
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Temporomandibular Disorders
Weight Management
Diabetes
Coping with cancer
If you think you may benefit from BMS services, please discuss the possibility of a referral with your medical provider. A referral from a medical provider is required. Call BMS if you have any questions.


Behavioral Health Consultants

BMS staff also oversees Behavioral Health Consults (BHC) services in the Gold and Women's Health clinics. The Behavioral Health Consultations (BHC) service is a program being made available to patient as a part of overall good health care. The purpose of this service is to offer assistance when stress, worry or emotional concerns about physical or other life problems are interfering with someone's daily life. A psychologist works collaboratively with the medical provider in the Gold and Women's Health clinic to target the patient's concerns. Ask your Primary Care Manager (PCM) or OB/GYN about a referral to the BHC. Consultation services are also being developed in the Oncology and GI clinics as well!


Pain Management Class

Physical Therapy and Behavioral Medicine Services offer a Pain Management Class. Through this class, individuals with chronic pain are trained in numerous pain management skills. The skills have been proven in extensive clinical research to improve the functioning, quality of life, coping skills and emotional well being of patients with chronic pain. The class meets weekly for 1.5 hours over a 6-week period, Wednesday at 1500. Each participant will receive a training manual.

If you think you may benefit from this class, please discuss the possibility of a referral with your medical provider. A referral from a medical provider to Behavioral Medicine Services is required. Call BMS if you have questions.


Stress Management

The Health and Wellness Center (HAWC) offers 4-class stress management program. Topics include recognizing stress and physical relaxation, reassuring thinking and managing interpersonal stress. Participants are encouraged to attend all three classes. Interested persons can call the HAWC at (240) 857-5601) to register and find out the start date of the next class. Classes usually start on the first Wednesday of each month.


Diabetic Management

The Diabetic Education Clinic (D.E.C.) offers a 4-part class on 4 successive Thursdays each month except August. Times of the classes are 1230-1600 hours each of the days. During 2 of the classes, BMS staff provides specific guidance on making behavioral changes related to Diabetes and more effectively managing stress. Attending the Diabetic Mini Session held on Tuesday from 0830-1230 in the Global Reach Dining room is a prerequisite. The identified person with Diabetes must have a referral from a physician. Family members are welcome to attend with the Diabetic person. The contact person is the Diabetic Educator, Frances E. "Fran" Olson at 240-857-6087. Call this number to reserve a place at these classes or for more information. Physicians making referrals should address the consult to Endocrinology MTF MG with the "reason for request" and request to schedule patient for the Diabetes Education Clinic classes.