Groups at Island Counseling Center
Martha’s Vineyard Community Services’ Island Counseling Center provides a variety of groups for the community. Groups can be psychotherapeutic, psycho-educational or supportive. For more information on meeting times or any particular groups please call the contact person identified next to the group description or call 508-693-7900 ext. 225.
Caregivers Support Group
The Caregivers Group is a support group for caregivers and provides a forum for caregivers to meet and connect with others in similar circumstances. Group support and discussions include topics such as wellness, meditation, challenges and joys of caregiving, reducing stress and increasing knowledge on caregiving issues and needs. The Caregivers support group is partially funded by a Title III Grant from Elder Services of Cape Cod.
The group meets twice a month on the first and third Thursday of the month at 10:30AM in Conference Room 1 in Building C on the MVCS campus. For more information and confirmation of time and place please contact Allison McKinley at ext. 217.
Driver Alcohol Education Groups
The Driver Alcohol Education Program is for first and second offenders who come to MV Community Services mandated by the Court.
- Drug and Alcohol Education (DAE) Group for first DUI offenders: The DAE is a curriculum based series of classes that are psycho-educational in nature and cover topics relating to substance use and driving. Topics include substance use, abuse and impact, health issues and communicable disease, dual diagnosis issues, violence prevention, interpersonal/relationship skills, life skills, conflict resolution, anger management and communication skills. Individuals are primarily referred from the court after a first DUI offense.
- Second Offender Aftercare (SOA): The SOA is a psychotherapeutic group for individuals who have been convicted of a second DUI. The group meets weekly and discussion topics includes substance use and abuse, impact of substance dependency, achieving and maintaining sobriety, and developing alternative coping methods. Individuals are referred by the Court. For more information, contact Howie Marlin at 508-693-7900 x245.
An adolescent recovery education group focusing on the effects of substance use and abuse. The program is designed to engage and inform students and individuals (up to age 26) who have a desire to explore their relationship with substances. The goal of the group is to increase participant’s knowledge and understanding of the impact of substance use in their lives and expose them to alternatives to using drugs and alcohol. Each group is one and a half hours in duration and meets twice a week for six weeks. For more information about Pathfinders call 508-693-7900 x400.
Parents Apart is designed to assist parents in understanding the impact of divorce on children and provides parents with skills & tools to help their children adjust positively to the changes. For information on Parents Apart group time and location contact David Araujo at 508-693-7900 ext. 379.
Prostate Cancer Support Group
The Prostate Cancer Support Group is a support group for men and their significant others dealing with prostate cancer. The group meets monthly on the third Wednesday of the month at 4:00 PM in Building C in Conference Room 1 on the MVCS campus. Click here for more information.
A supportive group for loved ones (age 18+) of those experiencing substance abuse who are seeking an understanding of addictions and support. This group seeks to provide a safe space for loved ones to learn accurate and up-to-date information about addiction, recovery, treatment, and its effects, as well as provide support to each other and themselves in their roles as family and friends of those in active addiction or recovery. This group meets as a 6-week series on Thursdays from 5:30-7:00 pm at the Island Counseling Center on the MVCS campus. For more information contact Jaime Schwab at 508-693-7900 ext. 375.
Substance abuse affects more than the individual; it has a ripple effect on family, friends, and other loved ones. Gaining an understanding of addictions and speaking with others with similar experiences can help support your relationships and you in a difficult time.
Readjustment Counseling for War Veterans: Island Counseling Center offers focused individual and group services to returning war veterans. A support group meets weekly to discuss the challenges of reintegrating after the war experience. Please contact Tom Bennett for more information and group times at 508-693-7900 ext. 211.
Veterans Significant Others Support Group
Martha’s Vineyard Community Services, Island Counseling Center has been hosting a group for the Significant Others of Veterans since September of 2014. This group is held once per month and offers a confidential space for SO’s, (including spouses, partners, siblings, parents) to support one another. Clinicians are present to offer education about PTSD and secondary PTSD. Participants benefit from gaining insight into their Veteran’s behavior, as well as learning ways from the feedback from Clinicians and from other Participants to cope with the behaviors in order to preserve their sense-of-self and to enhance their relationship with their Veteran. Please contact Tom Bennett for more information and group times at 508-693-7900 ext. 211.
NAMI Support Groups
Would you welcome the support of other family members as you deal with the day to day challenges of living with a family member with mental illness? Would you like to have the support of others in a caring environment? Come and share your challenges as well as successes and learn about resources available to you and your family. This NAMI Family Support Group is a family member facilitated support group.
NAMI Group Meeting Dates & Times
- 1st Sunday of every month
Daybreak Club house (457B State Road, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568)
508-693-5872 for more information
- 3rd Wednesday of every month
Martha’s Vineyard Hospital Chapel (1 Hospital Rd, Oak Bluffs, MA 02557)
508-627-5249 for more information