Psychosocial Rehabilitation

Psychosocial rehabilitation is an office-based skill-building service for individuals 18 years of age and older with serious mental illness or co-occurring psychiatric disabilities and addictions. Our focus is on skill building to facilitate independent living and adaptation, problem solving and developing coping skills.

Psychosocial rehabilitation groups help to educate participants in a variety of healthy life skills which will help them live more independently in the community. They are led by peers, bachelor's and master's-level FHN Family Counseling Center clinicians. These groups are held four days a week at the FHN Family Counseling Center – Stephenson County in Freeport.


  • Focus Group: Provides participants with a "warm-up" for the day by processing inspirational quotes and reporting relevant current events and symptoms.
  • Café Jane Committee: Allows participants to practice their communication skills.
  • Goal Setting: Participants learn about goal attainment and work on accomplishing specific goals of their own.
  • Publications: Teaches participants how to bring ideas before the public, such as publishing a newsletter, periodical, map, music and fliers.
  • Stress Management: Teaches new techniques for managing the high importance, sometimes high-stress aspects of life.
  • Communication Skills: Assists participants in appropriately interchanging thoughts, opinions, or information by speech, writing, or signs.
  • Community Support and Re-Entry Services: Identifies resources within the community and utilizing them for independent/interdependent living.
  • Self-Esteem: Helps participants focus on the goal of gaining a realistic respect for or favorable impression of oneself through education and a variety of exercises.
  • Anger Management: Educates participants about feelings, techniques and different processes to manage strong feelings of displeasure.
  • Self-Care Coping Skills: Helps educate participants about daily living skills to promote a healthier lifestyle.
  • Cognitive Stimulation Activity: Focuses participants on fun activities that stimulate their thought process.
  • Recreation and Leisure Group: Assists participants with activities designed to help them productively manage their free time.
  • Club Council: Explores participants’ areas of success or failure during the prior week and develop goals for the next week.
  • Money Management: Provides education for participants in developing budgets, managing finances and improving their ability to become financially sound.
  • Meal Preparation: Helps participants improve self-care skills through teaching basic meal preparation, nutrition and sanitation.
  • Health Management: Provides comprehensive education on wellness, including proper nutrition, personal/hygiene skills and exercise.
  • Psychoeducation Symptom and Medication Management: Provides education on mental illness, learning symptoms, triggers and warning signs, as well as information on medications used to treat mental illness.
  • Relationship Group: Helps participants learn about developing and maintaining various types of relationships, through improving personal boundaries, strengthening communication with others and teaching assertiveness skills.
  • Recovery Through Creativity: Encourages participants to embrace creativity in their struggle with mental illness through various art and crafts projects.
  • WRAP: Assists participants in identifying and using coping mechanisms to help achieve recovery and long-term stability. WRAP helps participants learn to monitor distressing behavior and feelings and encourages them to practice wellness techniques, crisis planning and their own, individualized coping tools.