Clinical Groups

A majority of our clinical groups are created and implemented in a closed session format that lasts on average 4-8 weeks. This helps with building group cohesion, establishing group norms and creating safety.

8 Keys to Safe Trauma Recovery Group

Leader: Patrick
Location: Virtual
Start Time: Mondays – 11:00am
Session length: 10 weeks

  • Fall Session: 9/12/2022 – 11/21/2022 *No group the week of October 3rd*
  • Winter Session: 1/9/2023 – 3/13/2023

Demographic: Adults
Maximum number of participants: 12

Requirements:Purchase or access to 8 Keys to Safe Trauma Recovery by Babette Rothschild. *If unable to acquire, we will provide you with a link to check out the book online.

Description: Regardless of where you are in your journey of trauma recovery, you may find that the reality is not a linear or simple process. You may feel that it is risky, without direction, and at times overwhelming. This group is an opportunity for you to gain your own sense of empowerment and safety in processing your experiences of trauma, learning tools and insights in a supportive and playful space alongside others.

As a book club group, we will be reading 8 Keys to Safe Trauma Recovery by Babette Rothschild. By discussing a different key to recovery each week, you will have the chance to playfully explore what works for you and your unique experience. A central goal of trauma recovery is to improve your quality of life. By attending this group, you can discover a greater sense of your own needs and a more helpful path for how to get there.

To join contact your provider or call (971) 266-6910

DBT Skills Group

Leader: Amanda
Location: Virtual
Start Time: Mondays – 5:00pm
Session length: 10 weeks

  • 9/12/2022 – 10/17/2022: Session 1- Mindfulness
  • 10/31/2022- 12/05/2022: Session 2- Distress Tolerance
  • 1/23/2023- 2/13/2023: Session 3- Interpersonal Effectiveness
  • 2/27/2023- 3/26/2023: Session 4- Emotion Regulation

Demographic: Adults
Maximum number of participants: 12

Requirements: Please bring pen/paper to engage in written activities.

Description: Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) founded by Marsha Linehan, is a group focused on building your skill set in four different areas: Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Interpersonal Effectiveness and Emotion Regulation. You may choose to attend one or all skill categories and there is no homework. We will start each group with a mindfulness practice and then discuss the skill, which might include reading and discussing a handout. 

Mindfulness Session: the practice of being fully aware and present in this one moment. 

Distress Tolerance: how to tolerate pain in difficult situations, not change it. 

Interpersonal Effectiveness: how to ask for what you want and say no while maintaining self-respect and relationships with others.

Emotion Regulation:   how to change emotions that you want to change. 

* definitions used from DBT Behavioral Tech website.

To join contact your provider or call (971) 266-6910

Nonviolent Communication

Leader: Patrick
Location: Virtual
Start Time: Thursdays 11:00am – 12:00pm
Session length: 8 weeks
Session Dates:

  • Fall Session: 9/22/2022 – 11/10/2022
  • Winter Session: 12/1/2022 – 1/19/2023

Demographic: Adults; anyone who would like to improve their communication skills with others and/or themselves; BIPOC & LGBTQIA+ clients are welcomed
Maximum number of participants: 12

Description: You are likely not the only person who has experienced challenges communicating yourself around others – it is a task much easier said than done. Somewhere along the way, we have learned that it is far too risky, difficult, or wrong to be honest about what it is we need and want. You may have wondered: it possible to express your feelings, get what you want, and grow your relationships with others all at the same time?

Nonviolent Communication (NVC) is a philosophy and practice of relating to oneself and to others, rooted in a spirit of empathy. NVC offers simple, profound methods for strengthening awareness, boundaries, compassion, and respect. NVC can help you bring more ease and confidence to your communication.

This group includes a range of structured activities, skill practices, and opportunities for discussion. You will get many opportunities to explore how NVC can enrich communication in your life. By attending this group, you are likely to have fun and empower yourself along the way.

To join contact your provider or call (971) 266-6910

Abusive and Healthy Relationships

Leader: Sam
Location: Virtual
Start Time: Thursdays at 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Session length: 8 weeks
Session Dates:

  • Fall Session: 10/13/2022 – 12/8/2022 *No group November 24th*
  • Winter Session: no winter session 

Demographic: Adults
Maximum number of participants: 14
Description: Domestic and relational violence affects millions of individuals across the world. Regardless of age, race, gender, sexual orientation/identification, religion, economic status, any person can be subjected to emotional, physical, or sexual violence at the hand of someone they love. However, the prevalence of this violence is difficult to accurately estimate, as so often it remains unspoken.

Through gathering in this group, members will be given the opportunity to connect over experiences they may have thought few others had. Where so often domestic and relational violence forces isolation, this group will offer the opportunity for connection and understanding.

Over the course of 8 weeks, members will discuss a wide variety of topics all across the range of experiences with domestic violence. Together, we will discuss the dynamics of abusive and healthy relationships, as well as warning signs of abuse, barriers to escaping such abuse among other topics aimed at helping all members learn how to identify their abuse, what to look out for, and how to begin healing, opening the door for creating healthy relationships in the future.​

To join contact your provider or call (971) 266-6910.

Transforming the Living Legacy of Trauma

Leader: Sam
Location: Virtual
Start Time: Thursdays at 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Session length: 8 weeks
Session Dates:

  • Winter Session: 1/5/2023 – 2/23/2023

Demographic: Adults
Maximum number of participants: 14
Description: Written for survivors of all forms of trauma, Transforming the Living Legacy of Trauma by Dr. Janina Fisher helps readers to better understand the impacts of trauma and how they have adapted to survive through it. Clients will read the workbook between sessions and process each chapter collaboratively, enabling them to reflect and build skills together and to recognize their experiences in others. This connection with community will be integral in building sustainable coping skills and moving toward resolution and healing.

To join contact your provider or call (971) 266-6910.

Food + Mood

Leader: Kristy
Location: Virtual
Start Time: Wednesday at 5:00pm
Session length: 8 weeks
Session Dates:

  • Fall Session: 11/30/2022 – 01/18/2023

Demographic: Adults
Maximum number of participants: 14
Description: Food is one of our most basic needs. However, nutrition information is frequently confusing, and learning to eat to feel well and nourished can be challenging. This class provides the basics of nutrition in a safe, supportive and non-judgmental atmosphere.

Topics:

  • Week 1: The mental well-being and nutrition link
  • Week 2: Macronutrients and micronutrients
  • Week 3: Food sourcing
  • Week 4: Shopping basics
  • Week 5: Balanced Meals
  • Week 6: Bulk cooking
  • Week 7: Healthy digestion
  • Week 8: Small steps for creating supportive habits

To join contact your provider or call (971) 266-6910.

Gaslighting

Leader: LeAnna
Location: Virtual
Start Time: Thursdays 4:00pm – 5:00pm
Session length: 11 weeks
Session Dates:

  • Fall Session: 8/18/2022 – 10/23/2022 *no group 8/25/2022*
  • Winter Session: 12/1/2022 – 2/09/2023

Demographic: Adults
Maximum number of participants: 14
Description: “Gaslighting” is defined as psychological manipulation where a person seeks to sow seeds of doubt in an individual, utilizing such methods as denial, contradictions, lying and misdirection. It is a form of emotional abuse that can cause people to question their reality, judgment, and self-perception. Gaslighting distorts truth to manipulate, creates confusion, and is a type of control. This group will explore the ways gaslighting can show up in three different types of relationships: professional, romantic and friends/family.

Over the course of 11 weeks this group will focus on: gaslighting influences, stages of recovery, and healing from the trauma of being gaslight. Together we will learn about forms of Gaslighting, discuss the dynamics of this form of psychological abuse, and how to begin the healing process.

The group will be structured as both educational and a therapeutic space. Group members are encouraged to share thoughts and feelings.

A journal reflection assignment will be given each week.

To join contact your provider or call (971) 266-6910.

Trauma Stewardship: Helping the Helpers

Leader: Aileen
Location: Virtual
Start Time: Tuesdays 11:00am – 12:00pm 
Session length: 6 weeks
Session Dates:

  • Summer Session: 8/23/2022 – 9/27/2022 

Demographic: Adults
Maximum number of participants: 12
Description: A group for adults in the helping professions who are experiencing burnout, compassion fatigue and/or signs of vicarious trauma. By reading, exploring and discussing the book “Trauma Stewardship” by Laura van Dernoot Lipsky and Connie Burk, this group aims to provide support and validation for the difficult work required in the helping professions.
Trauma stewardship’s focus is to stay engaged and present while enduring hardship. We will have conversations on mapping your own signs of vicarious trauma, building connections with peers and shaping a plan to better sustain yourself at work. We will read and discuss chapters from the book, assess your own experiences and then develop and discuss a personal plan for you to practice.

***Having access to the Trauma Stewardship book is important for full engagement in the group. You can find the book in various forms (ebook, paperback, audio book) at some options below. If you have questions about this or need assistance, please contact ITTC. 

Trauma Stewardship web site:
https://traumastewardship.com/product/trauma-stewardship-everyday-guide-caring-self-caring-others/

Audio Book option:
https://www.audiobooks.com/m-audiobook/trauma-stewardship-an-everyday-guide-to-caring-for-self-while-caring-for-others/309199?utm_source=Google&utm_medium=Knowledge&refId=39146

Multnomah County Library options:
https://multcolib.org/search/site/trauma%20stewardship

Abe Books:
https://www.abebooks.com/Trauma-Stewardship-Everyday-Guide-Caring-Dernoot/31256709426/bd?cm_mmc=ggl-_-US_Shopp_Trade0to10-_-product_id=COM9781576759448NEW-_-keyword=&gclid=Cj0KCQjwxIOXBhCrARIsAL1QFCb-yB4ElA8uuOl2lcZwbjuiZnjmSbzQNjDyKW3S_3JfmJ9IaeD3bB0aAmx-EALw_wcB

To join contact your provider or call (971) 266-6910.

Creative Writing

Leader: Cheyenne
Location: Virtual
Start Time: Tuesdays at 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Session length: 10 weeks
Session Dates:

  • Fall Session: 10/11/2022 – 12/13/2022
  • Winter Session: 1/06/2023 – 3/07/2023

Demographic: Adults
Maximum number of participants: 10
Description: Each week there will be optional prompts for writing as therapeutic self-reflection, time set aside for writing together, and opportunities to share your work. You can develop your own creative voice and offer encouragement to others as they explore the written word.

You can choose each week if you would prefer to write just for yourself, or if you want your work to be heard by the group. There is no obligation to share if you’re not comfortable doing so. Writers of all skill levels are welcome!

To join contact your provider or call (971) 266-6910.

Learning to Listen

Leader: Joey Cressler
Location: Virtual
Start Time: Thursdays at 4:00 pm
Series Length: 1 hour
Session length: 8 weeks
Session Dates: 

  • Winter Session: 12/1/2022 – 1/19/2023

Demographic: Adults 18+
Maximum number of participants: 12

Description: This music based therapy group aims to engage the unconscious and learn to deepen our individual capacity to focus inward utilizing music as a tool to explore the self. Every week participants will listen to a curated playlist that explores themes related to the human experience while monitoring their emotions, sensations, imagery and intuitive responses. Weekly themes include: belonging, authenticity, change, shame, forgiveness and self-worth.

Poetry & Processing: Women’s Poetry for Coping with Trauma

Leader: Nicole Tabor
Location: Virtual
Time: Thursday – 5:00pm – 6:00pm
Session length: 8 weeks

  • Fall Session: 10/06/2022 – 11/17/2022 *7 weeks due to 11/24/2022 closure*
  • Winter Session: 12/08/2022 – 1/26/2023 

Demographic: Female Identifying Adults
Maximum number of participants: 6

Description:

A female-identifying group for learning and writing poetry as a coping skill for processing trauma. Build connections in a validating and supportive environment while learning helpful tools, and exploring topics such as life stages, grief, loss, self-compassion, family, relationships, generational trauma, as well as the body and body issues.

The focus of this group is to develop your creative process as a way to cope with and process trauma through poetry. There is no requirement to share as the aim of this skill is to practice for yourself as a means to process the past, present, and future. We will be learning through a weekly poem to unpack and process a theme, meaning, and poetic mechanics. We will not be writing in group together, but rather discussing what comes up for you when reading or hearing the poem, and using the poem as a prompt for our own coping process outside of group.

To join contact your provider or call (971) 266-6910

Eating Disorders and Disordered Eating Support Group

Leader: Annie
Location: Virtual
Start Time: Wednesdays at 3 pm
Session length: 7 weeks
Session Dates:

  • Winter Session: 11/15/2021 – 02/14/2022 (Full) 
  • Spring Session: 3/23/2022- 5/07/2022- Session 2

Demographic: Adults who are in active recovery from an eating disorder.
Maximum number of participants: 10
Description: Do you feel guilty after eating? Do you feel shame or perhaps even hatred towards your body?   Do you find yourself saying, “No one understands what it’s like to fight this battle every day”? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this group is for you.

Eating disorders often occur following a traumatic or stressful event, often something to control when life feels so very out of control. Eating disorders do not happen in isolation, but co-occur with experiences of trauma, anxiety, depression, and mood disturbances. What makes eating disorders that much more challenging to recover from is that we live in a culture where these behaviors are very often affirmed and even celebrated.

In each of our group sessions, we will explore a topic relevant to recovery, whereby group participants can find support and solidarity. Eating disorders thrive in silence, secrecy, and shame. Speaking your truth, sharing your story as you feel safe and comfortable to do so, and finding solace and comfort with fellow survivors can be a transformative conduit to liberation.

It is important to note that although eating disorders have historically been portrayed as only impacting white, cis gender, female identified persons, no one is immune from struggling with an eating disorder. Research shows that they effect individuals of all sizes, ethnicities, genders and orientations. However, many people do not seek help due to the stereotypes and stigma that undergirds these conditions. All genders, orientations, sizes, and ethnicities are welcome in this group.

Topics:

  • Meeting 1: “But You Don’t Look Like You Have an Eating Disorder”- Dispelling the Myths, Debunking the Stereotypes
  • Meeting 2: “My Body Was Free; My Mind Was Not”- Identifying and Challenging Eating Disordered Thoughts
  • Meeting 3: Diet Culture, Intuitive Eating, Health At Every Size
  • Meeting 4: Body Image and Body Liberation
  • Meeting 5: Emotions Are Your Friends
  • Meeting 6: Identify Your Triggers and Let’s Build the Toolbox
  • Meeting 7: Art Therapy: Create the Recovery You Envision

To join contact your provider or call (971) 266-6910.

Grief Exploration through Writing

Leader: Kristy
Location: Virtual
Start Time: Tuesdays 1 pm
Session length: 6 weeks
Session Dates:

  • Fall Session: 11/29/2022 – 1/03/2023

Demographic: Adults
Maximum number of participants: 14
Description: This 6-week class will incorporate review of the six stages of grief as well as time for reflection, writing and sharing. The goal of the class is, through writing, to explore our relationship with grief and the changes it has brought to our lives.

You may be grieving a person, a past relationship, a major life change, a pet, a past self or something else entirely. Everyone is welcome, regardless of your stage of grieving or your specific type of grief.

No previous writing experience is necessary.

To join contact your provider or call (971) 266-6910.

Enrollment

If you are NOT currently a client with ITTC/Bloom, please follow the link below and complete the “Group Inquiry Form” and we will contact you via your preferred method.

Link: Group Inquiry Form

 

If you are currently a client at ITTC/Bloom, let your clinician know which groups you are interested in enrolling in and they will help you.