Member Class Schedule
Step Up offers over 60 different groups every week. A few examples of groups range are "Understanding Our Thoughts", "Managing Your Meds", "Yoga", "Art" and "Personal Growth and Potential". Groups are not only taught by staff and volunteers, but also by members. Such member-led groups include “Positive Thinking” and “How To Tell Your Story” (based on a NAMI concept).
Groups provide a safe and positive environment for members to learn about basic skills, whether communication and goal-setting or self-esteem and life skills. Just by being in a group, members practice important social skills and create lasting support systems. It’s helpful to practice and discuss ‘affirmations’, but it is also helpful to learn not to constantly interrupt. Both skills carry directly outside Step Up’s doors.
Groups involve "hands-on" sessions in specifics, whether for following recipes and balancing checkbooks or moving out of depression and communicating anger healthfully. At first glance, a group on balancing checkbooks seems very different from one devoted to taking steps out of depression. Actually, they are intertwined: a person who can balance their checkbook feels more in control and less depressed, while the person who has learned to combat depressive symptoms feels more in control and can balance their checkbook.
All groups, from drawing to calculating medication dosages, take concrete steps toward creating a set of practical tools for recovery and Step Up believes all are equally essential for the pycho-social recovery process of each member.