Martha’s Vineyard Community Services 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.
ARTiculation is an art journaling support group put on by CONNECT to end violence. The group focuses on themes related to healthy relationships and self-empowerment. No art experience necessary and all art supplies are provided. For more information or intake contact Hanna Halperin at 774-549-9667 x104.
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 Lyndsay Famariss at ext. 210.
Driver Alcohol Education Groups
The Driver Alcohol Education Program is for first and second offenders who come to MVCS 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, call 508-693-7900 x225.
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. To register and for more information on the group, call 508-693-7900 x384.
A mindfulness-based addiction recovery community that practices and utilizes Buddhist philosophy as the foundation of the recovery process. The group meets weekly on Tuesday from 5:30 – 6:30 pm at Vineyard House – Hazel Teagan room. For more information, call 508-693-7900 x411.
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.
A mindfulness-based addiction recovery community that practices and utilizes Buddhist. A support group designed to empower individuals to abstain from substance use and develop a more positive lifestyle. SMART Recovery utilizes ideas and techniques to help individuals change their lives from one that is self-destructive and unhappy to one that is constructive and satisfying. The group meets weekly on Thursday from 6-7pm at Vineyard House – Hazel Teagan room. For more information, call 508-693-7900 x411.
Transgender & Gender Non-Binary Support Group
Martha’s Vineyard Community Services offers a support group for youth and adults of all ages who identify as transgender, gender non-binary or any other of the multitude of identities on the transgender spectrum. The group meets Thursdays from 5-6:30 pm at the Island Wide Youth Collaborative (on the campus of MVCS). Call 508-693-7900 x274 for more information.
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.
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For additional support groups offered in the community, visit www.firststopmv.org