Small Group Therapy began in 1964 with a National Institute of Mental Health Grant at the Benton Unit of the Arkansas State Hospital. The Hospital Improvement Project program, “HIP”, utilized Dr. George Fairweather's principles. The program was the first Fairweather Program in the USA using concepts and principles of Dr. George Fairweather and Associates. It included the need for supportive and productive social sub-systems while encouraging as much autonomy and individual functioning as possible. The original Fairweather model has changed from the all group concept to include Recovery and Peer Supports.
Small Group Therapy was incorporated as a 501 (c) 3 non-profit corporation in 1970 under the corporate name of Small Group Therapy. Fairweather Communities was an official name registered by Small Group Therapy. In 1994, SGT became an independent certified behavioral health clinic.
On July 1, 2010, Small Group Therapy merged with Counseling Clinic, Inc., 307 E Sevier Street, Benton, AR 72015. On January 1, 2013, Wanda Raper, former SGT CEO/ COO, retired after 24 years of dedicated service. Holli Browning, LCSW became the new SGT Director. Small Group Therapy continues to operate without interruption.
Counseling Clinic, Inc. and Small Group Therapy were accredited in 2013 by CARF. This was the first accreditation since the merger, but each location has been CARF accredited for many years. The accreditation includes Outpatient Treatment, Community Integration, Community Housing, and Crisis Intervention at the SGT location.