Adult Substance Abuse Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)



Ben Gordon Center is pleased to announce our new daytime Adult Substance Abuse Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP), which will begin in September! 

This program offers a daytime alternative to our ongoing evening IOP and will take place at our main campus, 12 Health Services Drive in DeKalb.  Just like our evening IOP, our daytime IOP offers 9 hours of group therapy per week and is appropriate for those diagnosed with a substance use disorder or MISA (mental illness/substance abuse).

The daytime IOP hours are on Mondays (9:00 am – noon), Thursdays (10:00 am – 1:00 pm), and Fridays (10:00 am – 1:00 pm).  If you are interested in this or any of our Addiction/Substance Abuse services, please call (815) 756-4875.

BGC Eating Disorders/Body Image Group is back!

ED Group


This group is for our current clients, however, if you are interesting in joining- please call us (815.756.4875) and set up an appointment with one of our Special Programs clinicians.

Resources for Dealing with Trauma

The Ben Gordon Center has several resources available for dealing with and understanding traumatic events that occur in our lives.  The severe weather that came through the area last week has caused our communities a lot of pain, suffering, and loss.  Please give us a call if you or someone you know is looking for help.  The resources below are a good place to start.

Children & Trauma

College Students & Trauma

Coping With Loss


Helping an Employee after a Traumatic Event

Managing Stress

Signs of Depression

Stress after Tragedy

Trauma Related Stress – Warning Signs

Understanding Your Family after Trauma Tips and Coping

What to Expect After the Trauma

Normal Responses to Trauma: When to Seek Help

 In light of the severe weather that came through the Northern Illinois area last evening, please review BGC’s posts, regarding dealing with trauma.

It is important to remember that everyone reacts differently to trauma and each person has their
own tolerance level for difficult feelings. To cope with these emotions, there are some things
you can do for yourself and others. Experts say that remaining engaged in our world, staying
connected with people, and being optimistic about the challenges ahead are key to riding through
otherwise traumatic times. In fact, in times of turmoil, people can make changes that improve their lives and life satisfaction

Signs to Seek Help
However, when feelings do not go away or are so intense that they impair your ability to function
in daily life, you may have a diagnosable disorder that requires mental healthcare. There are
signs that can help you determine whether you are having a normal reaction to our nation’s crisis
or if you’re experiencing a mental health problem. These signs include:
• Nightmares and reoccurring thoughts about the event
• Being unable to stop thinking about what happened
• Avoiding thoughts, feelings or conversations that remind you of the event
• Avoiding places or people that remind you of the event
• Having a sense of a foreshortened future
• Continued difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep
• Feeling jumpy or easily startled
• Being overly concerned about safety
• Feeling guilty, worthless or hopeless
• Not taking pleasure in activities once enjoyed
• Having thoughts of death or suicide

If you are experiencing these symptoms, talking with a mental health professional or taking a
mental health screening test can help you understand how well you are coping with the recent
events. Take that step and get help.

For more Information Call:
Ben Gordon Center …………….815 756-4875

24 hour crisis hotline: 1-866-BGC-0111


After the Trauma: Talking to Your Child

Provide children with opportunities to talk about what they are seeing on television/in the news and to ask questions.

  • Do not be afraid to admit that you cannot answer all of their questions.
    • Answer questions at a level the child can understand.
    • Provide ongoing opportunities for children to talk. They probably will have more
    • questions as time goes on.
    • Use this as an opportunity to establish a family emergency plan. Feeling that there is
    something you can do may be very comforting to both children and adults.
    • Allow children to discuss other fears and concerns about unrelated issues. This is a
    • good opportunity to explore these issues also.
    • Monitor children’s television watching. Some parents may wish to limit their child’s
    exposure to graphic or troubling scenes. To the extent possible, be present when your
    child is watching news coverage of the event. It is at these times that questions might
    • Help children understand that there are no bad emotions and that a wide range of
    reactions is normal.
    • Encourage children to express their feelings to adults (including teachers and parents)
    who can help them understand their sometimes strong and troubling emotions.
    • Be careful not to scapegoat or generalize about any particular cultural or ethnic group.
    Try not to focus on blame.
    • In addition to the tragic things they see, help children identify good things, such as heroic
    actions, families who unite and share support, and the assistance offered by people
    throughout the community.

For more Information Call:
Ben Gordon Center …………….815 756-4875

24 hour crisis hotline: 1-866-BGC-0111

We all may need additional help from time to time…..

 The severe weather events that took place last evening have caused lots of damage, pain, and suffering, both mental and physical.  We all understand that our community is looking for solutions, coping skills and information on understanding others’ reactions as well as our own.

As a valued member of our community, Ben Gordon Center’s programs and services we realize that the recent events have raised these issues in your business, in your families and with you personally.  If we can be of additional service to you on the days, weeks and months ahead please do not hesitate to talk with your counselor or provider. 

Should you find yourself in need of additional services we also offer walk-in services and a toll free number where you can and talk with one of our caring professionals at any time day or night please call.

Call the Ben Gordon Center at 815-756-4875

Or visit our website at
24 hour Crisis Hotline: 1-866-BGC-0111

Non-Suicidal Self Injury (NSSI) and Treatment at BGC

Non-suicidal Self Injury (NSSI) Information and Treatment at BGC

Fran Tierney MA LCPC, Director of Special Programs

Ben Gordon Center

Non-suicidal self injury (NSSI) is the deliberate, self inflicted destruction of body tissue resulting in immediate damage, without the intent of suicidal intent. Recent prevalence studies indicated that as many as 17.2% of adolescents and 13.4% of young adults have participated in this behavior. The act of self injury can include a variety of behaviors, and is most commonly associated with:

  • Carving or cutting of the skin
  • Burning self
  • Banging or punching objects or self with the intention of hurting oneself

The intention behind the action is very important to examine and understand, as NSSI can look very much like a suicidal gesture. For this reason, professionals who work with self injury behavior, must look at the reason why, as well as the specific self injury which has occurred.

Detection and intervening in NSSI behavior can be difficult for parents, friends and teachers, since the acts are often secretive and are hidden under clothes.   If you notice any unexplained burns, cuts, scars it is important to pay attention and begin a conversation with your loved one.

Effective therapy interventions should focus on ways to offer NSSI clients the opportunity to:

  • To learn about and manage anxiety and depression
  • To learn and develop new coping skills, and improve internal awareness and improved communication with family and friends
  • To improve their capacity to regulate their emotional distress
  • To gain insight and understanding into recognizing their triggers and develop a plan for managing these triggers

The Special Programs Team, at the Ben Gordon Center offers quality NSSI services to our community in Individual therapy, Group therapy, and Family therapy settings. We also offer a combined treatment approach, including medication as an option, which is decided upon in collaboration with client, family and providers.

If you or someone you love, is struggling with Non-Suicidal Self Injury behaviors, please call 815.756.4875 to learn more and set up an assessment with one of our Special Programs clinicians.