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Support Groups for Patients and Families

Adult Support Groups/Programs

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Aneurysm Support Group with Neurosurgery Nurses

Aims to provide patients and families with support, education, and information, and address after effects of illness or treatment-related issues and develop adjustments and coping skills. Contact: Ling Zhang, 617-732-6312. Meetings: 1st Tuesday of the month between 4-5:30pm. Drop-in group with no registry required.

Cardiac Surgery Preoperative Class

This is a psycho-education class for cardiac surgery patients and their families. Contact: Tony Lee, LICSW, at (857)307-2642 or Suellen Breakey, RN 617-525-8107. Meetings: 1st Thursdays and 3rd Tuesdays of month.

Citizenship Group

To help Spanish speaking resident of the United States become citizens. The group provides a copy of the 100 questions on the citizenship test and teaches group members effective study techniques. The group reviews the questions and helps members study. Contact: Caroline Robertson, MSW, LCSW 617-525-9777, Dr. Juan Carlos Urizar, M.D. 617-732-5881. Meetings: Mondays from 5-6pm.

Crafting to Better Health

A weekly co-ed support group for patients who are interested in learning new crafts or improving their craft skills in order to learn new ways to relieve stress. Build confidence and self-esteem, increase social supports, increase brain power, feel a sense of accomplishment, and opportunities to work on a group or individual project. No crafting experience necessary. Patients must have an outpatient psychiatrist or therapist here at BWH. Exceptions might be made for patients who are in the BWH system and have psychiatrists elsewhere but could still benefit from these groups. Contact: Melanie Renaud, LICSW 617-278-0341. Meetings: Monday mornings at BWH Outpatient Psychiatry Department, 221 Longwood Ave.

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy

18 weeks DBT group is a compassionate type of behavioral therapy that is intended to help individuals move toward having a life that feels more meaningful and worth living. DBT targets emotional distress, interpersonal difficulties, and behavioral problems and teaches skill to cope without having to resort to self-defeating behaviors. The group is for men and women with depression, anxiety, and other psychological problems that cause emotional distress. Patients must have an outpatient psychiatrist or therapist here at BWH. Exceptions might be made for patients who are in the BWH system and have psychiatrists elsewhere but could still benefit from these groups. Contact:Tandeka Guilderson, LICSW, 617-525-7807 or Laura Morrissey, LICSW, 617-287-0967. Meetings: Wednesdays from 4-5:30pm at BWH Outpatient Psychiatry Department, 221 Longwood Avenue.

Drop-In Support Group for NICU Parents

Weekly drop-in meeting for parents who have babies in the NICU. Open to mothers and/or fathers. Open to newly delivered parents who are still patients in CWN and have a baby in the NICU. A Valuable opportunity for parents to give each other support during this very difficult experience. Contact: Annie Geogheganm, LICSW (To page dial 617-732-5656, beeper# 13229, office # 617-732-5500 ext 31565). Meetings: Thursdays, time TBA. Meeting will last from 45 minutes to 1 hour.

Lung Transplant Support Group

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It is an ongoing drop-in group with no screening required. The Lung Transplant Program offers a monthly support group and is attended by patients who are both pre- and post-lung transplant and their family members or other caregivers. The group can be an invaluable source of information and support. Each month, various members of the transplant community provide education and lead discussion about different topics related to the lung transplant progress. Follow the link for the contact and schedule information. We look forward to hearing from you.

Mesothelioma Orientation Group

Registration is required. This group is an orientation program for patients newly diagnosed with Mesothelioma. Patients are presented with information from Dr. Sugarbaker, the research team, social work and chaplaincy. Contact: Charlene Haouiliya, LICSW at 617-732-5500 ext 32819. Meetings: Tuesdays 8:30-10:30am. Breakfast is served.

Mesothelioma Support Group for Family Members

Group is co-led by Social Work and Chaplaincy. Enrollment is open. A support group for family members of patient’s diagnosed with Mesothelioma. A discussion of caregiver issues and the encouragement of good self-care take place. Contact: Charlene Haouiliya, LICSW at 617-732-5500 ext 32819.Meetings: Wednesdays from 12-1:00pm in the Multipurpose Room on the 11th floor.Lunch is served.

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy is a innovative, 10 week program that has been clinically proven to bolster recovery from depression and prevent relapse. Through guided meditation and related mindfulness practices the group helps people work more skillfully with the painful thoughts, feelings and bodily sensations associated with depression and anxiety and other psychological problems. Patients must have an outpatient psychiatrist or therapist here at BWH. Exceptions might be made for patients who are in the BWH system and have psychiatrists elsewhere but could still benefit from these groups. Contact: Rebecca Brooks, LICSW, 617-732-5986 or Fiona Kaul Connelly, LICSW 617-732-7842. Meetings: Thursdays from 3:00 - 4:15pm at BWH Outpatient Psychiatry Department, 221 Longwood Avenue.

MS Telephone Support Group for Homebound MS Patients

First Wed of every month (Oct – June), telephone conference call support group for individuals with multiple sclerosis who are homebound. Leader - Audrey H. Cecil, LICSW. Registration required, 617-525-6561. Monthly support group for individuals with MS who are isolated at home due to mobility issues and/or other disease related problems.

MS Partners in Care Support Group

Leaders – Audrey H. Cecil LICSW and Dr. Bonnie GlanzThird Wed of every month (Sept – May), MS Center Conference Room. Drop-in OKContact person – Audrey Cecil, LICSW, 617-525-6561.Monthly support group for caregivers of MS patients designed to help to decrease isolation, find new ways to take care of yourself, and cope with feelings about being in caregiver role.

Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus Group

A support group for people with normal pressure hydrocephalus and their caregivers. It is an ongoing group, pre-registration is required and a phone or in person screening is done. The group addresses the medical and psychosocial aspects of coping with this illness after shunt surgery. We occasionally invite guest speakers. Each session meets as a whole group and then separates patients and caregivers for tailored support. Contact Stacey Schamber, LICSW, 617-525-8151. Meetings: 2nd Monday of the month, 2-3:30pm in the Tyler Library.

Parent Educational and Discussion Group for NICU Parents

Group leader(s): Susan Berliner, LICSW, Marianne Cummings & Julianne Mazzawi. No Screening Required, Drop In. Summary of group: An interactive forum for families of NICU babies to receive information regarding the NICU and many topics that pertain to it and their child. Each session has a speaker who presents on a particular NICU topic. Parents are invited to ask questions, make comments and share their own personal experience pertaining to the topic discussed. This is also a good chance for NICU families to meet each other and offer support. Contact: Susan Berliner, 617-732-8403. Meetings. Every other week drop in group for parents of NICU babies, this group meets on Tuesdays from 4:45 - 5:45pm in the NICU Solarium.

Parent Support Group: Following the Loss of an Infant

The group gives individuals and couple who have lost infants as a result of miscarriage, stillbirth, and neonatal death an opportunity to meet and discuss their common experiences in a supportive setting. Contact: Susan Bermon, 617-732-5419. Meetings: Thursdays July 29th - August 27th from 6:00-7:30pm.

Pregnant Woman on Bed Rest – Fuller Support Group

Wednesday or Friday 10:30-12:00pm Ongoing , drop in, no registration required, verbal screening with patient's RN and Social Worker. This is a group for pregnant women who are hospitalized and have health issues, either theirs or their baby's. The thought is that no one understands their situation like another women who is also hospitalized. Contact: Linda Rider-Hunt, LICSW, 617- 732-5500 ex 31564.Meetings: TBA

Recovery in Everyday Life

For People with dual dx who are in recovery or contemplating sobriety from drugs or etoh. Contact: Sarah Brenner, 617-732-6586. Meetings: Tuesdays from 4:00 - 5:00pm at 221 Longwood Avenue, 4th floor.

Support Group for Women Experiencing Domestic Violence by Intimate Partner

Contact Passageway advocate at 617-732-5656, pager #31808.

Thornton and Naumes House Support Group

Participants must be staying at the house. It is an open forum discussion group. Breakfast is served. Contact: Charlene Haouiliya, LICSW at 617-732-5500 ext 32819. Meetings: Monday from 8:30-9:30am at the Thornton and Naumes House.

Ventricular Assist Device Support Group

Psycho-education and peer support for VAD patients and their families. Contact Kaley Dessauer, LCSW at 857-307-2641. Learn more about the VAD Support Group.

For additional information, please contact Care Coordination at (617)732-6469.


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