The services of M. Ludwig and Associates Inc vary according to the individual’s needs. These services include case management and support groups for various disorders, including anxiety and depression.
All support groups are facilitated by our professional staff with the focus on teaching and engaging our clients in the process of learning symptom management skills, gaining personal insight, discovering their potential and changing unwanted behaviors. This is accomplished through the use of psychosocial groups, individual counseling, life skill development, quality of life activities and teaching social skill development. An emphasis is placed on fostering each individual’s recognition of the behaviors and environments that will support his/her health and wellness as well as those behaviors and environments that cause stress to his/her mental and physical health.
In addition to our case management service, M. Ludwig & Associates Inc. offers a socialization component that can be incorporated into the overall case management module, or for people who do not wish to have full case management services, the socialization component can be utilized alone, as we believe it is a vitally important area that greatly enhances the quality and enjoyment of a person’s life. See the sidebar on the right for more information on socialization skills.
In order to create a unified team approach to best support each client’s care, M. Ludwig & Associates Inc. regularly schedules case reviews for each client with collaborating consultants, treatment team professionals, and allied program staff for each client.
M. Ludwig & Associates Inc. actively seeks out clinicians, residential programs (including those specializing in dual diagnosis treatment), therapists, vocational rehabilitation programs, psychiatrists, and physicians from a broad spectrum of experts and available resources to ensure that the providers and programs to which the client is referred have the expertise and skills to best fit their personal needs.
We maintain close contact with all support persons involved including therapists, psychiatrists, physicians and family members.
Some clients look forward to trips to California’s parks and recreation areas.
However, others are most comfortable with much more local, low-key excursions and activities.
Whether it’s a trip to Yosemite or an afternoon BBQ in a client’s own home, Michele and her team create a comfortable, appropriate, and confidence-building experience tailored to the individual’s needs and abilities.
Socialization gathering activities and outings for our clients have far reaching positive outcomes, which fan beyond the therapeutic benefits for the clients that participate.
These events provide an opportunity for Michele and the various clinicians assigned to work with the clients in the community setting to actively assess each client over 3, 4 or 5 hours of community activities and interactions with their peers, various people in the community, and other public settings.
The outings and activities often bring forward a set of situations that can permit a client to utilize his /her strengths in a real world setting, as well as revealing the obstacles that can cause a person to fear that his/her symptoms might break through or become overwhelming and spoil their enjoyment of an event in which they want to be included and feel a part of, rather than feel apart from. This is a critical element of the socialization /community activities.
The client’s involved want to be participating and so are motivated to challenge whatever symptoms may be triggered. The goals and objectives of the socialization/ community activity program are: