Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to COVID-19

LAST UPDATED ON 03/15/2021

As updates on the impact of the coronavirus continue to be released, we want to take a moment to inform you of the heightened preventative measures we have put in place at Sierra Tucson to keep our patients, their families, and our employees safe. All efforts are guided by and in adherence to the recommendations distributed by the CDC.

Please note that for the safety of our patients, their families, and our staff, there are certain restrictions in place regarding on-site visitation at Sierra Tucson.

  • These restrictions have been implemented in compliance with updated corporate and state regulations to further reduce the risks associated with COVID-19.
  • Options for telehealth visitation are continuously evaluated so that our patients can remain connected to their loved ones.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services may be offered when deemed clinically appropriate.

For specific information regarding these changes and limitations, please contact us directly.

CDC updates are consistently monitored to ensure that all guidance followed is based on the latest information released.

  • All staff receives ongoing infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance is provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are monitored and utilized.
  • Temperature and symptom screening protocols are in place for all patients and staff.
  • Social distancing strategies have been implemented to ensure that patients and staff maintain proper distance from one another at all times.
  • Cleaning service contracts have been reviewed for additional support.
  • Personal protective equipment items are routinely checked to ensure proper and secure storage.
  • CDC informational posters are on display to provide important reminders on proper infection prevention procedures.

The safety of our patients, their families, and our employees is our top priority, and we will remain steadfast in our efforts to reduce any risk associated with COVID-19.

The CDC has provided a list of easy tips that can help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then immediately dispose of the tissue.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently touched.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.

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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

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Cognitive therapy came about in mid-20th century as a means of concentrating on a person’s problem behaviors and thoughts. The major philosophical assumption of cognitive therapy is that by changing individuals’ thinking, their belief system, and, in turn, their behavior is changed.

In other words, cognitive therapy is a form of psychotherapy in which clients are encouraged to overcome mental health issues by changing unhealthy or counter-productive thought processes, emotions, and behavior patterns.

The Basis of Cognitive Therapy

Cognitive therapy is also based upon the principle that emotions are a critical piece in helping people deal with their thoughts, attitudes, and beliefs about themselves and the world around them and the behaviors that follow. Sierra Tucson utilizes cognitive therapy in conjunction with other therapies that best meet the needs of each resident.

Though behavior changes are one of the goals of cognitive therapy, the focus of this form of therapy (as indicated by the word “cognitive”) is on the resident’s cognition, or mental processes.

Cognitive therapy was developed in the 1960s by Aaron T. Beck, a psychiatrist who is credited with a number of advancements in the treatment of depression.

In the years since cognitive therapy was introduced to the world, the general term “cognitive therapy” is often subdivided into three related yet separate forms of psychotherapy.

Pure Cognitive Therapy

“Pure” cognitive therapy focuses on unhealthy or counter-productive thought processes. For example, residents who have a tendency to view all setbacks as evidence that they are hopeless or worthless will work with a cognitive therapist to alter this form of thinking. By developing the ability to understand temporary setbacks as opportunities for recalibration and improvement – and not evidence of abject failure – residents are much better prepared to see themselves in their world in a more hopeful and forgiving light.

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

According to the National Association of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapists, CBT “is based on the idea that our thoughts cause our feelings and behaviors, not external things, like people, situations, and events.” CBT is an active, goal-based technique that has proved to be effective with individuals who are struggling with issues as disparate as substance abuse and addiction, anxiety disorders, panic attacks, mood disorders and eating disorders.

Rational-Emotive Therapy (RET)

Also referred to as rational-emotive behavior therapy (or REBT), rational-emotive therapy is based in the belief that closely held beliefs and attitudes can undermine a person’s ability to live a full and personally satisfying life. RET helps individuals recognize when negative emotions or attitudes are threatening to overwhelm their sense of well-being, and teaches them how to maintain healthy balance in their lives.

After several facilities failed, Sierra Tucson’s program saved my daughter’s life. The Family Program saved our family and helped the recovery of all.

– Anonymous Client
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  • National Association of Psychiatric Health Systems (NAPHS)
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