Groups and Classes

Chase Brexton offers a wide variety of Behavioral Health groups and classes to help you live your best life.

Find out more about the groups and classes we offer below:

Columbia

Between Us (Entre Nosotras)

What: A 12-week trauma group for Latina women.
Who is eligible: Current Chase Brexton patients
When/Where: Wednesdays, 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm, Columbia Center

Between Us (Entre Nosotras) - Children

What: A 12-week trauma group for Latino children and youth.
Who is eligible: Current Chase Brexton patients
When/Where: Wednesdays, 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm, Columbia Center

Moving Forward: Depression and Anxiety CBT Group, Always taking referrals

What: The Depression and Anxiety group is an 8 week psychoeducational and process group focused on coping with depression and anxiety. The focus of the group is to help people recognize the patterns in their thoughts and behaviors which keep them stuck and to learn how to replace them with healthier ways of thinking and coping.
Who is eligible: Patients may start at any time once they have completed the triage process. The eight sessions will repeat; patients may stay for all eight sessions and then move on or continue to stay in the group for as long as they would like to continue to practice what they have learned. 
When/Where: Wednesdays, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm, Columbia

Mt. Vernon

ABC's of HIV (ongoing)

What: Bi-monthly informational and support group, usually attended just once. For more info, contact the Behavioral Health Department at 410-837-2050.
Who is eligible: Newly diagnosed or new/returning HIV+ CBHS medical patients. Can be scheduled or drop-in.
When/Where: 2nd and 4th Tuesdays, 9:30 am - 10:30 am, Mt. Vernon Center

Addictions Program

For more information on Chase Brexton's Addictions Program, please click here.

Alzheimer's Support Group

What: An open group enhancing the lives of individuals living with memory loss and their caregivers, this group provides a safe and confidential environment for conversation, support, resources, and education. For more information, please call 410-837-2050 ext. 1107, or email lgbt@chasebrexton.org.
Who is eligibile: For individuals who are either affected by Alzheimer's disease, or caring for someone who is.
When/Where: 4th Wednesdays, 1 pm - 2:30 pm, Mt. Vernon Center

Club Med (ongoing)

What: A multidisciplinary bi-weekly, psychoeducational support group emphasizing medication adherence strategies with assistance with pill box filling. Club Med II is held on Thursdays at a different time. For more info, contact the Behavioral Health Department at 410-837-2050.
Who is eligible: CBHS HIV+ patients who have demonstrated a need for additional medication adherence support and could benefit from a supportive group environment.
When/Where: Club Med I: Every other Tuesday, 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm; Club Med II: every other Thursday 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm, Mt. Vernon Center

The Depression and Anxiety Group

What: Psychoeducation support group providing an opportunity to learn more about treatment approaches for depression and anxiety, reviewing several different coping strategies to include attention to self-care, how thoughts impact mood, the role of medication and a brief introduction to anxiety management strategies. Patients can start at any time and stay in the group until they have completed their 12 sessions, or elect to continue in the next group cycle.
Who is eligible: Patients who have had an initial assessment/evaluation with a provider in the behavioral health department and/or is an active patient at time of referral.
When/Where: Wednesdays, 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm, Mt. Vernon Center 

Dual Diagnosis Group

What: The purpose of the Dual-Diagnosis Group is to provide a supportive and interactive setting focused on: (1) increasing clients' knowledge and understanding of the unique challenges characteristic of co-morbid mental health and substance abuse disorders, and (2) providing clients with intermediate- to advanced-level, practical skills to help them manage and maintain successful recovery from their mental health conditions, including substance use. For more info, contact the Behavioral Health Department at 410-837-2050.
Who is eligible: A patient is eligible to participate if they have at least six months, stable, documented sobriety from alcohol and all other substances (except tobacco). Ideally, group members are engaged in behavioral health services with an individual behavioral health provider (general mental health, psychiatry and/or addictions provider), whether here at CBHC or elsewhere, with treatment preferably including mindfulness-based (e.g., ACT, MBSR) coping skills.
When/Where: Thursdays, 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm,  Mt. Vernon Center

HIV 101

What: Bi-monthly educational group, attended once by HIV+ patients prior to starting or re-starting ARV meds. ARV medication education and anticipating potential barriers to ARV medication adherence emphasized.
Who is eligible: Patients in the process of starting or re-starting ARV medication. For more info, contact the Behavioral Health Department at 410-837-2050.
When/Where: 2nd and 4th Tuesdays, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm, Mt. Vernon Center

HIV Women’s Group

What: Support and therapy process group addressing issues associated with HIV, such as stigma, disclosure, managing relationships, navigating care systems, mental health and other life issues. For more info, contact the Behavioral Health Department at 410-837-2050.
Who is eligible: HIV+ Women who are current Chase Brexton patients.
When/Where: Thursdays, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm, Mt. Vernon Center

Identity Talk

What: 10-week, unstructured, process-oriented group that focuses on the cultural intersection of race, gender, class, and social identity for gender diverse, transgender, and gender nonconforming (TGNC) people. The group focus will be on the interwoven complexity that cultural systems has on social marginalization and gender. Participants will have a safe space to discuss their cultural experiences as transgender and non-binary individuals, while receiving support and feedback from the facilitator and other participants.
For victims and survivors of intimate partner violence focused on healing, regaining strength, and connecting with other victims and survivors in a safe and supportive environment. For more information, please call 410-837-2050 ext. 1119 Who is eligible: Initial behavioral health assessments are required prior to the start of group. If you are interested in scheduling an assessment for this group please contact 410-837-2050 ext. 1119, or email lgbt@chasebrexton.org.
When/Where: Tuesdays, 5:30 - 6:30pm, Mt. Vernon Center

Intimate Violence Survivor's Group

What: For victims and survivors of intimate partner violence focused on healing, regaining strength, and connecting with other victims and survivors in a safe and supportive environment. For more information, please call 410-837-2050 ext. 1119, or email lgbt@chasebrexton.org.
Who is eligible: Initial assessment required prior to the start of the group.
When/Where: Tuesdays - Time and location provided upon enrollment.

Last Drag (Smoking Cessation Group) - held numerous times throughout the year, continuously taking referrals 

What: Six group "classes" that follow the American Lung Association's Freedom from Smoking guidelines. In addition, free nicotine replacement patches are offered to group participants at the fourth session. For more info, contact the Behavioral Health Department at 410-837-2050.
Who is eligible: Current patients who wish to quit smoking. 
When/Where: Wednesdays, 2:30 - 3:30 pm, Mt. Vernon Center

LGBT 50+ Support Group

What: An ongoing community support group for LGBT adults ages 50+. This unstructured social support and process group speaks honestly about experiences and challenges in a confidential, open, and accepting environment. Topics include healthy relationships, active community engagement, family connections, work, retirement, health and wellness, etc. No initial assessment needed; walk-in or call 410-837-2050 ext. 1107 for more information.
Who is eligible: LGBTQ adults 50+
When/Where: 1st and 3rd Thursdays, 2 pm - 3:30 pm, Mt. Vernon Center

LGBT 50+ HIV Group

What: For victims and survivors of intimate partner violence focused on healing, regaining strength, and connecting with other victims and survivors in a safe and supportive environment. For more information, please call 410-837-2050 ext. 1119 or email lgbt@chasebrexton.org.
Who is eligible: Initial behavioral health assessments are required prior to the start of group.
When/Where: Wednesdays, 3:30 pm, Mt. Vernon Center

Mindful-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)/Stress Management

What: The Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)/Stress Management group incorporates mindfulness to help people reduce or manage reactions to stress and develop strategies to reduce experience of overall stress. Participants are encouraged to practice skills learned in group in between sessions to reinforce learning. People who experience depression, anxiety, chronic pain and/or who are faced with significant life and community stressors could potentially benefit from attending this group.
Who is eligible: A Behavioral Health Initial Assessment/Triage is required.
When/Where: Mondays, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm, Mt. Vernon Center

SAGECAP 50+ Lunch & Learns

What: Monthly discussions and training centering around essential area of interest to LGBT elders. Attendance is free. For more information or to RSVP for the next Lunch & Learn, please call 410-837-2050 ext. 1049, or email lgbt@chasebrexton.org.
Who is eligible: LGBTQ adults 50+
When/Where: 2nd Thursdays, 12 pm - 1:30 pm, Mt. Vernon Center

Transcendence: Pathways to a Healthy Transition

What: Transcendence is a time limited (12-weekly sessions), psycho-education and skills (i.e. Interpersonal effectiveness, insight oriented decision making, and self-advocacy and self-efficacy skills) based group focused on supporting healthy gender transitions. This group provides a confidential and trans-affirmative forum for individuals to explore topics and access information and resources necessary for a healthy gender transition. For more information, please call 410-837-2050 ext. 1119 or email lgbt@chasebrexton.org.
Who is eligible:   Transsexual, transgender, genderqueer, gender nonconforming, and gender questioning individuals who have completed an initial assessment/evaluation with a provider in the behavioral health department, and/or is an open Chase Brexton patient at time of referral.
When/Where: Mondays, 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm, Mt. Vernon Center

T Time  - Taking ongoing referrals

What: T time is a process-oriented group that provides a safe and trans-affirming space for Trans* and gender nonconforming (TGNC) individuals. Participants will discuss their experiences as binary and non-binary Trans* individuals and receive support and feedback from facilitator and other participants. Participants are provided with the opportunity to be in the community, to provide and receive feedback on topics such as interpersonal functioning, family dynamics, and developing a sense of self, and discuss their lived experiences as TGNC individuals in varied stages of transition.
Who is eligible: Clients do not have to be connected with any other Chase Brexton Health Care services to be eligible but should complete an initial assessment/evaluation with a Behavioral Health provider. All potential members will meet with facilitator for a group screening in order to assess appropriateness of group prior to beginning. For more information, please call 410-837-2050 ext. 4019.
When/where: Mondays, 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm and Wednesdays, 5:00 - 6:00 pm, Mt. Vernon Center

Women’s Support Group - Ongoing, open group, taking referrals

What: Process oriented group intended to be a safe, welcoming place where women can get support on various issues in their life and learn to build healthy relationships. With support from facilitators and one another, group members will also receive feedback about their interpersonal interactions. Group is highly collaborative so that the women “help me to help you.” Group topics include, but are not limited to: creating and understanding healthy relationships, boundary setting, understanding codependency, self-care and self-awareness.
Who is eligible: Woman 18+ seeking a safe space to gain support from other woman. Initial assessment/evaluation with a provider in the behavioral health department and/or is an active patient at time of referral.
When: Fridays, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm, Mt. Vernon Center

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