Outpatient Group Therapy Programs for Kids, Teens and Parents

Bradley Hospital Group Therapy FAQ

When do new groups start?

Groups are offered on a year-round basis. When one group ends, another group begins a few weeks later. Registration is always open.

How do I register for a group?

A parent or guardian must complete a registration form. The form can be brought to the outpatient department, mailed, faxed or sent via email to bradleygroups@lifespan.org.

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How long will I have to wait for my child to attend a group?

The wait time is variable and depends on the size of the wait list and matching group members. The wait could be as short as a few weeks and as long as a few months. 

Does registration ensure my child will be invited to participate in a group?

Registration does not necessarily mean your child or teen will be invited to join a group. Each individual is carefully screened by a psychologist, and only those who are considered appropriate for this kind of therapy will be invited to participate. For those who are not invited to participate, referrals to appropriate treatment will be provided. Once accepted to the program, groups are filled on a first-come, first-served basis, and group members are matched according to age, level of need and whether the group is appropriate for the child, teen, or family.

I've sent in my registration form. Will I be notified?

Registration forms will be reviewed carefully by the clinician leading each group. We will confirm receipt of your registration via mail, email, or telephone. If your child or family is considered appropriate for the group, you will be contacted to schedule an initial evaluation. If your child or family is not considered appropriate for the group, you will also be notified.

What makes my child, teen or family a good candidate for group therapy?

This depends on many factors, including the type and severity of your child's difficulties and his or her current level of functioning. Those with higher severity or who are currently in crisis are not usually appropriate for group. However, if other supports are in place, group therapy might be a viable option. A clinician will talk with you and your child or teen to determine if group therapy is appropriate for his or her level of need.

A "good candidate" for group is a child or parent who is willing to participate in group-based therapy. Some children and teens might have reservations about attending a group. Those who are willing to participate are usually able to benefit more from this kind of therapy. A clinician will talk with your child or teen about their reservations or concerns during the initial evaluation and help your family determine if group therapy is appropriate.

What is the cost of participating in group therapy?

Your insurance will be billed for the initial evaluation. Those who are invited to attend the group will also be billed for each group therapy session. Your usual co-payment, coinsurance and deductibles will apply to all appointments. For those without health insurance, a self-pay fee schedule is available upon request. All groups require a one-time $25 materials fee.

What if my child needs more immediate assistance?

If you are concerned that your child is currently at risk of harming himself or herself or others, please call 911 or contact the Bradley Hospital Access Center at 401-432-1364.