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INTENSIVE OUTPATIENT SERVICES

Synergy Counseling Center offers Intensive Outpatient Services (IOP) for men and women ages 18 and older struggling with substance abuse. Services include education classes on a variety of topics, group counseling, and individual counseling. Synergy Counseling Center offers individualized packages to meet each client’s unique treatment needs.

Synergy Counseling Center is located at:
1717 E. Republic Road, Suite D
Springfield, Missouri 65804

EDUCATION CLASSES

Anger Management

Anger management is designed to teach clients coping skills to manage their anger. This group focuses on identifying the primary emotions (such as sadness, rejection, disappointment, etc.) associated with anger. The group works on identifying situations that create intense feelings of anger and explores ways to cope with those situations in a healthier manner. This is a safe place for clients to relate to peers who are also experiencing anger while in recovery. The group curriculum is based on the SAMHSA Cognitive Behavioral Anger Management Workbook, with supplemental material incorporated as well​.

Helping Women Recover

Helping Women Recover is an evidence-based class for treating addiction by Stephanie Covington. This is an experiential workbook-driven class that integrates clients’ recovery from chemical dependence with their recovery from past trauma. This is a gender-responsive, trauma-informed curriculum which includes four modules. The modules cover Self, Relationships, Sexuality, and Spirituality. Over 17 weeks, the women participate in group discussions and activities, listen to lectures, and complete homework assignments to explore each of the four modules.

Helping Men Recover

Helping Men Recover, by Stephanie Covington and Dan Griffin, is a gender-responsive, trauma-informed treatment class for men. This model provides a clear understanding of the impact of male socialization on the recovery process, a consideration of the relational needs of men, and a focus on the issues of abuse and trauma. The participant’s workbook allows men to process and record their therapeutic experience. Over 18 weeks, men participate in group discussions and activities organized into four modules that emphasize the core areas of men’s recovery: self, relationships, sexuality, and spirituality.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills

DBT skills class utilizes a combination of psychoeducation, personal reflection, discussion, open sharing, and feedback to provide clients with opportunities to learn and explore the four key skills of Dialectical Behavior Therapy: Distress Tolerance, Mindfulness, Emotional Regulation, and Interpersonal Effectiveness. These skills can help manage overwhelming emotions by strengthening clients’ ability to handle distress without losing control or acting destructively and to better regulate their emotional responses. Group materials consist of Dialectical Behavior Therapy online resources by Marsha Linehan; The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Workbook by McKay, Wood, & Brantley; and Out of Control: A DBT–CBT Workbook for Getting Control of Our Emotions and Emotion-Driven Behavior by Melanie Gordon Sheets.

Grief and Loss

Education is provided on grief and loss. The Kubler Ross model is incorporated in teaching the five (5) stages of grief. Clients look at different types of loss and learn skills and tools for moving through the grief process.. Reactions to grief are normalized, and clients are introduced to support resources in the community​.

Mindfulness for Addiction

Using an integrative approach of CBT, DBT, and ACT, the Mindfulness for Addiction class focuses on helping to identify the root of addictive behaviors while providing healthy coping strategies to deal with stress, anxiety and depression that can come from experiencing a loss. Using Mindfulness exercises and lifestyle tips as well as the workbook by Rebecca E Williams, PhD and Julie S Kraft, MA, the facilitator will help you learn to cope with grief, stress and anger that can trigger addictive behaviors.

Co-occurring Disorders

This class addresses how addiction and mental illness interact. Clients will gain knowledge about co-occurring disorders and begin to understand how mental illness can contribute to addiction or how addiction can contribute to mental illness. Clients will also learn how drugs and alcohol change brain chemistry and what to expect during their time in recovery. Clients can expect to learn about common co-occurring disorders including eating disorders and diet pill addiction, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Clients learn definitions and understand that while any combination of mental health problems are considered co-occurring disorders, persons experiencing substance abuse and dependence often share similar dual-diagnoses linked to mood, trauma, adjustment, and personality. Materials used in this curriculum include evidenced based literature formatted for clients, condensed inventories for self-assessment, expressive arts activities, and interactive discussion focused on exploring self and linking peer experiences.

Healthy Relationships

This class is designed to help clients learn and apply tools for establishing and nurturing interpersonal relationships that support positive growth — as individuals as well as with partners, family, peers, etc.Materials used include The Relationship Workbook by Kerry Moles, along with academic and pragmatic writings and activities linked to the exploration of healthy interaction and boundaries, respect, honesty, realistic expectations, effective communication, goal-setting, and trust. Additional themes include autonomy, shared power, tenderness, time, long term commitment, and forgiveness. Materials are processed within a recovery theme that focuses on empowerment and placing one’s own wellness as a top priority, as opposed to the codependent patterns often embedded with substance abuse and dependence.

Relapse Prevention

Matrix Intensive Outpatient Treatment, published by U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is a matrix-model, evidenced-based curriculum that offers a structured approach for treating adults who abuse substances. The model incorporates several elements, including relapse prevention, cognitive-behavioral interventions, psycho-education, family approaches, and 12-step program support. Clients receive information, assistance in structuring a substance-free lifestyle, and support to achieve and maintain abstinence from drugs and alcohol. The matrix method familiarizes clients with 12-step programs and support groups and teaches time management and scheduling. Clients focus on skills needed in recovery, identify their triggers, and become proactive in preparing for high-risk situations so as to prevent relapse. This is an open–ended class that clients may begin at any point and incorporates supplemental material and handouts from the SMART recovery program.

Connections – Shame Resilience

This 12-week group draws on empirically-based strategies to help clients recognize shame as a universal experience and embrace authentic living as a foundation for shame resilience. Topics include defining shame; practicing empathy; exploring triggers and vulnerabilities; practicing critical awareness; reaching out to others; and creating, embracing, and inspiring change. “Connections” engages clients on a cognitive, behavioral, and interpersonal level. Clients learn via group and personal exercises, handouts, and reading assignments.

Self-Esteem

This group guides clients through the process of learning about self esteem and engaging in interactive, experiential activities that will help boost feelings of self worth and improve self image. Class offers cognitive techniques for addressing one’s self-critical voice, responding well to criticism, fostering compassion for self and others, and assists in setting and achieving goals that will enrich one’s life.

SUPPORT GROUPS

SMART Support Group Meeting

Synergy Counseling Center is excited to offer a weekly support SMART Recovery meeting to our clients. SMART Recovery has been in place for over 20 years but is new to Southwest Missouri. This weekly meeting will take place at our Republic Road facility, day and time to be posted soon.

SMART Recovery meetings are an alternative support to traditional AA and NA meetings. SMART Recovery’s roots are based on a scientific foundation rather than a spiritual one. SMART recovery teaches increased reliance as opposed to powerlessness. SMART Recovery meetings are support group discussion meetings in which individuals talk with one another. SMART Recovery works to enhance and maintain motivation to abstain, cope with urges, manage thoughts, feelings and behaviors, and living a balanced life.

Synergy Counseling Center is not partial to any one particular type of support group/meeting and encourages attendance to any support groups (AA, NA, SMART Recovery) that are helpful in maintaining lifelong recovery.

Family Support Group

This group is open to family members of active clients in the program at Synergy Counseling Center and is free of charge. The group provides education on addiction and how to set healthy boundaries with loved ones in recovery. The group will provide valuable information on helping families cope with addiction and offers support and open discussion among the group members.

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Class Schedule

Class BeginsMonTueWedThurFri
9:00am-12:00pmSelf-Esteem
9:00-10:30am
Process Group
10:30am-12:00 (coed)
9:30am-12:30pmConnections/Shame Resilience
9:30-11:00am
Mindfulness
9:30-11:00am
Process Group
11:00am-12:30 (women) Jen
Process Group
11:00am-12:30 (coed)
Kristal
Co-occurring
Disorders
9:30-11:00am
Process Group
11:00am-12:30
(coed) Mark
12:30pm-3:30pm
(12:00-1:00 Friday)
Grief and Loss
12:30-2:00pm
Relapse Prevention
12:30-2:00pm
SMART Recovery Support
Group Meeting
12:00-1:00pm (coed)
Dan
Process Group
2:00-3:30pm (coed)
Jen
Process Group
2:00-3:30pm (coed)
5:30pm-7:00/8:30pmDBT Skills
5:30-7:30pm
SMART Recovery
Support Group
5:30-6:30pm (coed)
Dan
Co-Dependency/
Healthy Relationships
5:30-7:00pm
Anger Management
5:30-7:00pm
Process Group
7:30-8:30pm (coed)
Kristal
SMART Friends & Family
Support Group
5:30-7:00pm
(family members)
Julie
Process Group
7:00-8:30pm (coed)
Kristin
Process Group
7:00-8:30pm
(men)
Women in Recovery
( CLOSED)
5:30-7:00pm
Process Group
7:00-8:30pm
(women)
Kristal