Yoga for Mental Health
Yoga for Mental Health is a group therapy intervention that combines yoga practice with mindfulness, guided imagery, progressive relaxation techniques, and/or coping skill building activities that are culturally relevant and trauma informed through group discussion. This 1.5-hour group therapy intervention seeks to help one cultivate self-confidence, clarity, and inner peace. Yoga is recognized as a form of mind body medicine. It offers both physical and emotional benefits which include but is not limited to an increase feeling of calm and well being, restring balance to the body, mind, and spirit, and reducing anxiety and depression by boosting oxygen levels to the. Yoga combined with other evidenced based cognitive practices encourages individuals to become resilient to stressful situations and increase one’s capacity to make positive choices by improving one’s outlook.
Animal-assisted therapy (AAT)
Animal-assisted therapy (AAT) – Animal-assisted therapy is a goal-directed intervention in which an animal that meets specific criteria is an integral part of the treatment process. These programs are usually directed and delivered by human health or human services professionals with specialized expertise that is within the scope of practice of their profession. Animal-assisted therapy is designed to improve human physical, social, emotional and cognitive (e.g., thinking and intellectual skills) function. Animals may be formally included in activities such as physical, occupational or speech therapy. Therapy programs are provided in a variety of settings and may involve individuals or groups. In AAT, specific goals and objectives are determined for each Member and their progress is evaluated and documented. Animal-assisted activities provide opportunities for motivation, education and recreation to enhance quality of life
DWI (Driving While Impaired) Program
The DWI Program uses the PRIME for Life curriculum to reduce the social and economic impact of DWI through public awareness, education, prevention programs and research. The agency provides ADETS, short term, and longer term treatment in both the Huntersville and Salisbury offices. Substance Abuse Intensive Outpatient Treatment (SAIOP) is offered in the Huntersville, NC office only.
Developmental Disabilities Program
SIMS consulting & Clinical Services intellectual disabilities program is designed to work with members to develop and maintain quality services reflecting the needs and wishes of people identified with a developmental disability and their families.
In Home Intensive Supports is available to support members in their private home, when the member needs extensive support and supervision, to assist with positioning, intensive medical needs, elopement and/or behaviors that would result in injury to self or other people.
In Home Skill Building provides habilitation and skill building to enable the member to acquire and maintain skills, which support more independence. In Home Skill Building augments the family and natural supports of the member and consists of an array of services that are required to maintain and assist the member to live in community settings.
Home Supports are habilitation and support services, which provide training and assistance to members in order to acquire and maintain skills that support independence.
Specialized Consultative Services provides expertise, training, and technical assistance in a specialty area to assist family members, support staff, and other natural supports in assisting members with developmental disabilities who have long-term intervention needs.
Personal Care Services include support, supervision, activities of daily living such as bathing, eating, dressing, personal hygiene, and the preparation of meals.
Program goals include:
SIMS Consulting & Clinical Services Inc.'s medication management program is designed to treat a wide range of psychiatric and behavioral issues with an emphasis on improvement and continued stabilization of individual's level of functioning and alleviation of biologically based psychiatric symptoms that interfere with functioning. Therapeutic goals of the program include: (a) stabilization of psychiatric symptoms or acute crisis and (b) return of premorbid level of functioning. Medication Management Services Components include the following:
- • Psychiatric diagnostic assessment -- A psychiatric, medical history and mental status examination, diagnosis on five axis's, laboratory evaluations deemed appropriate and recommendations for treatment
- • Individualized medication evaluation and management -- Prescription of appropriate medication(s) and review of therapeutic effects and side effects (laboratory monitoring of specific agents)
- Appropriate use of laboratory services and referral(s) to other specialists
- Regular and timely documentation of required clinical rating scales
- Appropriate clinical documentation in an individual's care record, including justification for diagnoses and rationale for choice of pharmacologic agents
Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is based on the idea that an unseen "life force energy" flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. If one's "life force energy" is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy. Reiki treats the whole person including body, emotions, mind and spirit creating many beneficial effects that include relaxation and feelings of peace, security and wellbeing. Reiki is a simple, natural and safe method of spiritual healing and self-improvement. It also works in conjunction with medical or therapeutic techniques to relieve side effects and promote recovery.
Reflexology is also referred to as zone therapy. It is wellness or alternative practice, which applies pressure to the feet, hands, or ears with. Pressure applied to these areas effect a physical change to the body. Reflexology can relieve stress and pain in other parts of the body through the manipulation of the feet. It is hypothesized that the pressure received in the feet may send signals that 'balance' the nervous system or release chemicals such as endorphins that reduce stress and pain.
Seeking Safety is a present-focused, evidence-based treatment program designed to help individuals attain safety from trauma/PTSD and substance abuse. Treatment is flexible and is conducted both in individual and group settings. This model has been used with individuals diagnosed with substance abuse, dependence and those who have a trauma history that does not meet the criteria for PTSD. Twenty-five topics are available and can be individualized the member’s needs. The key principles of Seeking Safety are:
1) Safety as the overarching goal - Helping clients attain safety in their relationships, thinking, behavior and emotions
2) Integrated treatment -Working on both PTSD and substance abuse at the same time
3) A focus on ideals to counteract the loss of ideals in both PTSD and substance abuse
4) Four content areas - Cognitive, behavioral, interpersonal and case management
5) Attention to clinician processes - Helping clinicians work on counter transference, self-care and other issues
The Strengthening Families Program (SFP) is a 10 session treatment series that is a nationally recognized parenting and family-strengthening program for high-risk and regular families. SFP is an evidence-based family skills training program found to significantly reduce problem behaviors, delinquency and alcohol/drug abuse in children and improves social competencies and school performance. Child maltreatment also decreases as parents strengthen bonds with their children and learns more effective parenting skills.
Evidence Based Programs
PLAAY (Preventing Long-term Anger and Aggression in Youth) Relies upon Racial Encounter Coping Appraisal and Socialization Theory and teaches participants about racial stress, literacy and coping in its physical activity and group therapy components. The PLAAY program focuses on racial identity, social and emotional development, conflict resolution, and violence prevention. In its five years of operation, the PLAAY project yielded a dramatic decline in aggressive behavior among its “high-risk” participants. PLAAY incorporates a “Martial Arts for Anger Reduction” , CPR (Cultural Pride Reinforcement), which helps instill a sense of cultural pride and raise awareness of the impact of racism, and COPE (Community Outreach through Parent Empowerment), a support group for parents of boys with a history of aggression.
7 Challenges Program
The Seven Challenges program is listed as an evidence-based program in the SAMHSA National Registry of Evidence Based Programs and Practices. The Seven Challenges Program is designed for adolescents with drug and other behavioral problems to motivate a decision and commitment to change-and to support success in implementing the desired changes. The goal is to simultaneously help young people address their drug problems as well as their co-occurring life skill deficits, situational problems, and psychological problems. The challenges provide a framework for helping youth think through their own decisions about their lives and their use of alcohol and other drugs.
Triple P-Positive Parenting Program
The Triple P – Positive Parenting Program is one of the most effective evidence-based parenting programs in the world, backed up by more than 30 years of ongoing research. is a parenting and family support system designed to prevent – as well as treat – behavioral and emotional problems in children and teenagers. It aims to prevent problems in the family, school and community before they arise and to create family environments that encourage children to realize their potential. Triple P is delivered to parents of children up to 12 years, with Teen Triple P for parents of 12 to 16 year olds. There are also specialist programs – for parents of children with a disability (Stepping Stones), for parents going through separation or divorce (Family Transitions), for parents of children who are overweight (Lifestyle) and for Indigenous parents (Indigenous).
Parents Matter is an evidence-based prevention program for parents of pre-teens. This community-level family prevention program is designed to enhance protective parenting practices and promote parent-child discussions about sexuality and sexual risk reduction.
Seeking Safety is an evidence based program that treats members with a history of trauma and substance abuse. Seeking Safety focuses on coping skills and psychoeducation. The five key principles are safety as the overarching goal, integrated treatment, a focus on ideals to counteract the loss of ideals in both PTSD and substance abuse, four content areas: cognitive, behavioral , interpersonal, and case management and attention to clinician processes. Treatment is designed for flexible use, ideal for group or individual sessions, both male and female populations, and a variety of settings.
Stacked Deck: A Program to Prevent Problem Gambling (Stacked Deck) is school-based and teaches adolescents facts about gambling and related risks, encourages them to make responsible decisions with regard to gambling, and aims to prevent youth from becoming problem gamblers. Stacked Deck is an evidence based program and is intended for students in grades 9 to 12.
EYE MOVEMENT DESENSITIZATION and REPROCESSING (EMDR)
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) integrates elements of multiple psychotherapies in structured protocols that are designed to maximize treatment effects. These therapies include: psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral, interpersonal, experiential, and body-centered therapies . EMDR is an information processing therapy and uses an eight phase approach. During the 8 phases of treatment the client attends to past and present experiences while simultaneously focusing on an external stimulus. Then the client is instructed to let new material become the focus of the next set of dual attention and is repeated several times during the session.
MINDFULNESS-BASED COGNITIVE THERAPY (MBCT)
Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is a treatment modality which blends features of two disciplines: Cognitive therapy aims to identify and alter cognitive distortions Mindfulness is a meditative practice from Buddhism, which aims to help people identify their thoughts, moment by moment, but without passing judgment on the thoughts. MBCT emphasizes the process of paying attention to thoughts and feelings moment by moment and without judgment.
SEX OFFENDER EVALUATIONS AND TREATMENT RECOMMENDATIONS
The evaluation of a sexual offender requires a review of all materials relevant to the offenses, including statements to the police, previous psychological evaluations, witness accounts of his/her behavior, and past criminal record. The clinician will then conduct a clinical interview and administer various testing (Multiphasic Sexual Inventory, Adolescent Psychopathology Scale, DSMD, Sexual Adjustment Inventory, Violence Risk Inventory etc.) appropriate to the situation. A more detailed psychosexual history is a vital part of this evaluation.
SIMS consulting & Clinical Services intellectual and disabilities program is designed to work with members to develop and maintain quality services reflecting the needs and wishes of people identified with a developmental disability and their families.
Program goals include:
- the opportunity to live in a safe environment with respect to dignity
- the opportunity to live with his/her family or in his/her own home within the community
- the opportunity o make choices
- the opportunity to have meaningful relationships with family members, friends, and other community members
- the opportunity to participate in individual talents, interest, and choices
- the opportunity to become involved in community activities
- the opportunity to access the same services available to all citizens to meet everyday needs
Developmental Disabilities specific services include:
- in home intensive supports
- in home skill building
- home supports
- specialized consultative services
- personal care services
Outpatient Treatment (individual, family, group therapy)
Outpatient services include individual, group, and family therapy for children and adults. Individual therapy is geared to the needs and desire outcomes of members and their family. Group therapy, on the other hand, is geared towards behavior management. Finally, family therapy is used to assist members and their family in improving their overall functioning with an emphasis on improving their relationship and communication skills with family members.
Outpatient services will have but is not limited to the following goals:
- maintain safety in the family;
- develop and implement crisis a stabilization plan;
- avoid unnecessary placement of children and adults in substitute care;
- improve family functioning so that the behavior/conditions that led to the crisis will be less likely to reoccur;
- reduce the length of stay in residential treatment, by reunifying children and adults from out of home placements back into community based settings;
- transition members into less restrictive levels of care at the earliest possible opportunity;
- mutually develop and implement an individualized service plan that provides for the specific needs of the member and family;
- identify individual and family strengths to maintain stability and promote improve functioning;
- educate and assist parents with the skills to effectively manage the behavior of the member;
- assist member and family in expressing needs and to facilitate access to needed services and/or support;
- retain a professional staff who can effectively address the unique needs of identified members and families who will collaborate with other community professionals to access services and support with their members; and
- maintain a commitment to quality services in keeping with Sims Consulting and Clinical Services and community standards.
COMPREHENSIVE SUBSTANCE ABUSE EVALUATION AND TREATMENT RECOMMENDATION
At Sims Consulting & Clinical Services we offer an individualized and objective, Comprehensive Substance Abuse Evaluation and Treatment Recommendation. This service is designed to assist individuals, physicians, therapists and family members to determine to what degree a consumer has a substance abuse problem, and what treatment, if any, would be clinically appropriate.
The evaluation consists of: A Psychosocial evaluation is conducted by a Master's Level Addiction Specialist that is at a minimal registered with NCSAPPB. Clients are observed for mood, behavior and mental status. Clinical interview and evaluation. (This comprehensive interview is conducted to gather information in a number of areas including family background, social history, legal history, medical history, mental health history and substance use history and patterns. The interview also assesses client responses and reactions).
CLINICAL SUPERVISION, CLINICAL CONSULTATION, PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT, TRAINING, AND DEVELOPMENT
Sims Consulting and Clinical Services provide clinical supervision for individuals seeking licensure, providers seeking clinical consultation, training, and program development. The agency trains providers in the community support service definition, first responders, and person centered thinking, and Mindset Consulting (Prevention Management of Aggressive Behaviors), sex offender treatment, diversity and cultural diversity, and other clinical topics as requested.
- Grief and Loss
- Behavioral Disorders
- Depression/Mood Disorders
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder/Acute Stress Disorders
- Substance Abuse
- SPMI population
- Employee Assistance
- Personality Disorders
- Child/Adolescent Disorders
- Crisis Management/Critical Debriefing
- Domestic violence counseling
- Marriage/family therapy