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Group fairs help patients take ownership of their treatment

Group fairs help patients take ownership of their treatment
As Oregon State Hospital continues to adopt a more individualized approach, patients are playing a more active role in their treatment planning and recovery.

 

Evolution of OSH treatment mall leads to enhanced patient care

Evolution of OSH treatment mall leads to enhanced patient care
Through their actions and willingness to fully participate in treatment, patients determine which path they follow through the hospital.

 

Reconnecting with culture helps OSH patients work toward recovery

Reconnecting with culture helps OSH patients work toward recovery
For many Native American patients at Oregon State Hospital, reconnecting with their culture can be a major step in their healing process and recovery.

 

Mindfulness helps OSH patients recover from mental illness

Mindfulness helps OSH patients recover from mental illness
Patients at Oregon State Hospital are using some age-old philosophies and practices to stay grounded while working toward a healthier future.

 

Patients learn life skills at OSH's Kirkbride Plaza

Kirkbride plaza
With the recent opening of the hospital’s Kirkbride Plaza, patients will now have even more opportunities to hone the life skills needed to help make this transition easier.

 

DBT offers acceptance, provides continuity of care for OSH patients

patient discusses DBT program with psychologist
Staff from Oregon State Hospital-Portland (POSH) are using a relatively new approach to treatment known as Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) in which acceptance is the catalyst for positive change.

 

Visitors impressed with changes and improvements at OSH

More than 1,200 friends, family members, partners, neighbors and community members took advantage of a unique opportunity to tour the newest living and treatment wing of Oregon State Hospital during an open house event on March 2.

The recently finished wing marks the completion of the new world-class facility. It will house two of the hospital's treatment programs: the transition program, known as Bridges, and the neuropsychiatric/geriatric program, known as Springs.


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OSH takes a proactive approach to behavioral issues

A team of Oregon State Hospital psychologists and mental health specialists, assigned to work with the hospital's most challenging patients, is helping unit staff learn to address behavioral issues before, rather than after, they occur.
 
"Our program is all about being proactive,"...
 
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OSH staff, volunteers come together for annual Caring Tree Project

Traditions are part of the holidays, and no tradition signifies the holiday season at Oregon State Hospital more than the annual Caring Tree.
 
"The caring tree is one of the most positive projects on campus,"...
 
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OSH staff improve patient care, save money

The art of public service is doing what is best for your clients while being as efficient as possible. Transportation staff at the Oregon State Hospital's Portland (POSH) campus have taken this art to the next level. After years of transporting patients back and forth from Portland to Salem for medical appointments, staff came up with a common sense solution...
 
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OSH uses positive reinforcement to 'REACH' patients

For patients at Oregon State Hospital, changing the way they respond to certain situations is often a key component to their recovery. Most come to the hospital with deeply ingrained negative behavior patterns and, while many want to make changes in their lives, most need help finding the motivation...
 
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Veterans helping veterans

The wounds of war are not always obvious. The psychological battle scars inflicted on some who once proudly served their country can be unpredictable and may fester for years before surfacing, leaving some Oregon veterans in the care of the Oregon State Hospital (OSH)...
 
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OSH patients use Recovery International tools to overcome adversity

As he sat quietly, eyes to the floor, Thomas Berry, a patient at Oregon State Hospital, listened as his fellow patients offered support and encouragement. Berry had just shared with them a problem he's been dealing with recently — one that could have potentially derailed his progress toward recovery. In the past, he said this type of issue would have sent him spiraling into depression...
 
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OSH patients gain new perspectives through humor therapy

It's said laughter is the best medicine. For a group of patients at Oregon State Hospital, there is truth to this old adage.
 
"Let's face it, life is not always a bowl of cherries, and we need to be able to laugh,"...
 
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Supported education helps patients achieve goals, work toward recovery

Oregon State Hospital may not be your traditional school setting, but for some patients, formal education plays a key role in their treatment and recovery from mental illness.
 
"Supported education is a major influence in my recovery...
 
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Partner outreach: Multnomah County staffers tour Harbors

As part of the ongoing effort to build bridges to community partners, Oregon State Hospital recently hosted a delegation of Multnomah County mental health workers. The 10 individuals toured Harbors, the OSH Admissions and Stabilization wing.
 
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Students see the power of art therapy during visit to OSH

The instructions were simple, but the possible outcomes were limitless. Without using words, make a picture that finishes this sentence: "This is me; I am ."
 
For five minutes, 20 students from the Pacific Northwest College of Art worked in hurried silence on drawings...
 
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