The FOCUS program staff believes in engaging patients in their treatment. Using three activity level designations, they will assess a combination of factors such as physical, cognitive and emotional conditions to determine your activity level:
- Attended – attended by staff
- Accompanied – accompanied by peer/staff/family member
- Unattended/Independent – may participate unattended/unaccompanied
While this helps your treatment team monitor your treatment, the FOCUS program also includes the following components:
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
One of the most successful treatments for depression, bipolar disorder and other mood disorders is cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). A term used to describe a group of therapy approaches, CBT is based on scientific evidence. Focusing on a person’s behaviors, thoughts and emotions, CBT helps you understand the way in which all these facets of life affect one another. Rogers has more than forty behavioral specialists highly trained in CBT.
One approach of CBT treatment is called behavioral activation. With depression and other mood disorders, you may find your overall activity level is decreased and you have stopped finding joy in activities you once enjoyed. Behavioral activation helps you identify those activities and break them into small, less daunting tasks. By setting these small goals, you gradually work to increase your engagement in activities, at a manageable pace.
Cognitive restructuring, also referred to as thought challenging, is another technique our treatment team uses to help you identify your negative thoughts. It is common for those with depression or another mood disorder to classify the world around them in negative ways. Rogers works to help you evaluate the factual evidence for and against these thoughts so you can follow logical reasoning, rather than thought directed by your depression.
Dialectical-Behavioral Therapy Informed Skills
Another CBT-based treatment is dialectical behavior therapy (DBT). The FOCUS program adapts certain DBT strategies that include mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation and interpersonal effectiveness. Through DBT-informed skills, you will learn coping techniques that are easily applicable to your everyday life.
Personal Wellness Education
Individuals with depression, bipolar disorder or other mood disorders is often characterized by persistent low moods, leading to lack of interest in personal well-being. This not only includes loss of interest in activities but affects a person’s sleeping, grooming and eating habits. The FOCUS treatment team will work with you to help reinforce good nutrition and other healthy living patterns as a vital component to your individual treatment plan.
As with most Rogers’ programs, FOCUS also incorporates individual, group and family therapy sessions scheduled regularly throughout treatment in order to review your individual treatment plan, address any specific issues and provide additional components of long-term recovery.