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STEP Family Support Group

Education and Peer Support for Families of Clients in Adult Mental Health Treatment Programs

Families play a vital role in the recovery of a loved one, yet taking care of a relative who has a serious mental illness can place considerable strain on the primary care givers and other family members. Recognizing the important role and needs of families, Skyland Trail offers the family Support, Training and Education Program (STEP).

six family members participating in STEP family education and support group

The group provides family members with the knowledge, skills and support needed to cope effectively with the unique challenges associated with caring for someone with a mental illness.

During the first hour, a mental health professional provides education and training to the group. The second hour is a support group in which families discuss what they have learned, dilemmas they confront or feelings they experience.

Upcoming STEP Dates & Topics

STEP is open to family members and important friends of adult clients enrolled in a Skyland Trail mental health treatment program. Families of Skyland Trail graduates and alumni may also attend. STEP is offered to Skyland Trail families free-of-charge and is made possible in part by charitable donations from the community.

STEP meets on Thursdays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Until further notice, Family STEP will only be offered through zoom online conferencing. We are limiting visitors to our campus to limit the spread of coronavirus and protect the health of our patients.

March 19, 2020
"I'm Not Sick" Motivational Interview Techniques with Dawn Collinge, LPC, NCC, MAC, ACS

March 26, 2020
5:30–6:30 PM: Opportunity for New Families: Overview of Terms and Concepts
6:30–8:00 PM: Support Group Only

April 2, 2020
DBT Skills with Charlotte Ives, LCSW

April 9, 2020
Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) with Christina Mitrisin, CPS

April 16, 2020
Thought Disorders and Substance Use in Young Adults with Ashley Kelly, LPC

April 23, 2020
5:30–6:30 PM: Opportunity for New Families: Overview of Terms and Concepts
6:30–8:00 PM: Support Group Only

April 30, 2020
Exposure and Response Prevention Therapy with Emily Wall, LCSW

People in Your Shoes

Listen as families describe their experiences with STEP.

Open to Skyland Trail Families

STEP is open to family members and important friends of adult clients enrolled in a Skyland Trail mental health treatment program. Families of Skyland Trail graduates and alumni may also attend. STEP is offered to Skyland Trail families free-of-charge and is made possible in part by charitable donations from the community.

ellen g and tim m parents of a Skyland Trail graduate

"You have gotten him here, and he is safe. Now rest and let Skyland do its work.' That was the kind reassurance we received from other parents and family members on our first night at STEP." 

Ellen's Story >>

Participate in Person, by Phone, or by Video

Family STEP sessions meet Thursdays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Goodman Training Room located downstairs in the Dorothy C. Fuqua Center. We are pleased to be able to also offer STEP through video and call conference. Please contact STEP Facilitator, Shelley Danser at sdanser@skylandtrail.org or 678-686-5956 for more information about video and call conference.

READY TO TAKE THE NEXT STEP?

Contact our admissions team to learn how Skyland Trail can help you or your loved one.