The Empowerment Program offers trauma-informed mental health and substance abuse services through outpatient programs to disadvantaged women in Denver, Colorado. All programs are designed to serve women who have been incarcerated, involved in the criminal justice system or who are dealing with issues such as poverty, homelessness and HIV/AIDS. Treatment at EP includes case management services, educational and therapeutic groups and individual therapy sessions, all free of charge.
Treatment and Staff
Treatment at EP begins with a two-hour orientation that takes place every Wednesday at 1:30 pm. Clients are then offered recommendations for treatment based on their needs. Medication management is not offered on-site though referrals to local doctors are provided upon request.
Women receiving treatment at EP have access to a variety of educational and therapeutic groups throughout the week. Frequency and attendance of groups depends on each client’s needs. A drug and alcohol education group is offered every Monday from 5:30 to 7 pm and Thursday from 1:30 to 3 pm. There’s also a relapse prevention group which meets on Wednesdays from 9 to 10:30 am and a support group for users of injected drugs held on Fridays from 10:30 am to noon.
Integrated trauma, mental health and substance abuse groups are offered at different times on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday as well. Monday groups meet from 10:30 to noon while Tuesday groups meet from 9 to 10:30 am. Lastly, the Wednesday and Thursday groups meet for an hour and half at a time at 2 pm and 3:30 pm, respectively. Women are also offered trauma-informed focus groups for an hour and a half on Mondays at 9 am and at 1:30 pm.
There’s also a recovery coach specialist available to meet with clients on an individual basis from 4:30 to 5:30 pm on Wednesdays. In addition, individual therapy sessions with a counselor can be scheduled for 45 minutes to an hour each. These are scheduled as needed throughout the week.
Aside from the above, women can also receive education and employment services such as GED prep and employment workshops. The GED prep tutoring hours are from 9 am to 4 pm on Wednesdays while employment workshops take place every Tuesday from 10:30 to 11:30 am.
There are also alternative therapy groups like chakra meditation and art expression. Chakra meditation groups are each an hour long on Mondays starting at 1:30 pm while art therapy takes place on the same day from 2:30 to 4:30 pm. There are also life skills groups focused on topics like self-esteem, healthy living, relationships and support systems available on Mondays at 5:30 pm and Tuesdays at 10:30 am. These each last for an hour and a half. Anger management support is also offered through an 18-week program for court-ordered clients only. This group meets every Thursday from 10:30 am to noon.
At Empowerment Program, underprivileged women in need of mental health and substance abuse support are offered a range of free basic outpatient treatment services. Programs are structured to meet each client’s needs through a myriad of educational and traditional therapy as well as alternative. Clients also have the option to address more personal issues through individual therapy sessions. EP is a great option for adult women who don’t have the means to pay for treatment.
1600 York St
Denver, CO 80206
Empowerment Program Cost: Free. Reach Empowerment Program by phone at (303) 320-1989. Find Empowerment Program on Facebook
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