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.

For detailed information on COVID-19, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Psychodrama

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Walking into a room full of strangers and acting out your childhood may not sound like the most appealing experience, whether or not you consider yourself a shy person. But the ability of psychodrama to help you get to the core of your issues just might be worth any initial reservations you may have.

What is Psychodrama Therapy

Psychodrama is a form of role-playing during which people in the group act out scenes from one person’s life in order to help them process a painful issue. Each session, which can last two to three hours, begins with a warm-up to get people relaxed and engaged. It also allows the people in the group, who are likely to be strangers, to connect so they can better work together.

The Art of Psychodrama

Psychodrama was introduced by J.L. Moreno, M.D., in Vienna during the early part of the 20th century. He brought the practice to the United States in the 1920s, working around the concept that one’s true self emerges from the roles he or she plays. There are now several hundred psychodramatists around the country.

Psychodrama Sessions

Each session of psychodrama includes several basic players. According to the American Society of Group Psychotherapy & Psychodrama (ASGPP) website, those players are:

  • The protagonist: the person(s) selected to “represent the theme” of the group in the drama.
  • The auxiliary egos: group members who assume the roles of significant others in the drama.
  • The audience: group members who witness the drama and represent the world at large.
  • The stage: the physical space in which the drama is conducted.
  • The director: the trained psychodramatist who guides participants through each phase of the session.

Psychodrama sessions are made up of three parts, as listed on the ASGPP website:

  1. The warm-up, when the group theme is identified and a protagonist is selected.
  2. The action, when the problem is dramatized and the protagonist explores new methods of resolving it.
  3. The sharing, when group members are invited to express their connection with the protagonist’s work.

Setting the Scene

During the action state, the protagonist decides what issue she would like to act out and selects people in the room to play the other parts in the scene. For example, the psychodramatist may ask the protagonist to recall the youngest age she can remember, and then become that age. The protagonist will then reconstruct the scene, complete with any family members and family pets.

Through the act of setting up the scene, the protagonist can more clearly see what was wrong in that picture. The protagonist may step back and watch other people act out the scene instead of participating in it, which allows him to process how he feels about what he’s watching.

During a scene, roles may also be reversed, so that the protagonist may start out playing himself, but may later switch roles — for example, exchanging with the person who played his sister so he can gain a different perspective on the scene.

Doing this forces patients to address their past so they can process it and move forward.

Scenes are played out using very few props other than people. The props used in a session of psychodrama depend on the psychodramatist.

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