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Day programs


For further information please call Day Program Intake Coordinator (03) 8416 3800.

Day Programs at The Melbourne Clinic offer treatment through evidence based group sessions, facilitated by qualified multidisciplinary mental health professionals.

Below is a list of mental health programs and potential treatment programs that would help in recovery.

Behavioural, mood and anxiety disorders

A 10 week program designed for adults with a range of mental health problems.

Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) uses mindfulness or awareness training as the foundation for skills which assist participants to unhook from their unhelpful thoughts and experience their emotions safely.

The skills learned in the program assist participants to make choices so they can live in accordance with their values and create the life they want to live.

A 12 month follow-up is available upon completion of this program.

Offers ongoing support group and outpatient treatment program for people who experience problems with addiction.

The program is based on the Relapse Prevention and Harm Minimisation models.

This program is designed for people diagnosed with Adult Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Related Disorders.

Clients with difficulties of attention and concentration, impulsivity, hyperactivity and/or executive functioning dysregulation will benefit from this program.

Skills based group program that helps individuals manage the symptoms of anxiety using a range of psychological techniques that have been demonstrated to be effective.

These include managing physical sensations of anxiety; awareness of unhelpful thinking patterns and techniques to change them; exposure to situations associated with anxiety and relapse prevention.

Is a unique combination of empowering client centred therapies utilising creative expression as a commencement point for therapeutic exploration.

It aims to reacquaint clients with their strengths and inner resources. No artistic talent is required.

Part of the Trauma and Personality Treatment Program, DBT is a skill-based therapy for people who are experiencing difficulties with interpersonal relationship and dealing with their emotions.
It can also assist with impulsive, suicidal and self- harm behaviour, by presenting alternative coping strategies.
This program is relevant to a range of symptoms and diagnoses such as Borderline Personality Traits, Complex PTSD, and other trauma related experiences.

These sessions are run approximately every six weeks and are mainly aimed towards carers of people who have been admitted to the general inpatient program or who are approaching discharge or who have recently been discharged from The Melbourne Clinic.

The primary aim of these sessions is to assist the client's carers/support system, in the form of:

Education where allocated topics has been assigned for the evening, such as: Anxiety & Depression, TMS, Understanding Borderline Personality Disorder etc.

Unstructured evening sessions where the carers are able to share their experiences of what to expect when their loved one are approaching discharge, pre and post discharge phases.

The provision of additional support, skills and techniques for carers to be able to help their loved one cope in the community.

Discussions about support services available and ways to access these, like:

  • Day programs
  • Outreach
  • Other programs.

As well as support services aimed at carers (e.g GROW ) to provide them with extra support.

Other government services available to both carers and loved ones

For more information about these sessions please contact Karmen on 9487 4734 or Karmen.Riznar@healthscope.com.au.

This 12 weeks program uses the latest research to assist individuals who have a mental illness and also experience health issues such as High blood pressure, weight gain and may be at risk or have type two diabetes.

This program is informed by current research and offers individual and opportunity to be fully informed about strategies to assist with these issues.

This group is facilitated by a dietician and exercise physiologist.

The Life Strategies Program welcomes people who are needing support through their recovery from mental health issues.

It offers the opportunity to become involved in supportive therapy groups and recovery skills groups. All programs are informed by current research. This can be attended in a flexible way to best suit your support needs.

The current timetable is available on this website and individuals can attend one day a week or three days a week depending on their recovery needs.

A 10 week group program that provides information and skills to assist people in the on-going effective management of their bi-polar disorder.

It will help people to get the most out of their life despite the disorder.

Skills based group program that helps individuals manage the symptoms of depression, using a range of psychological techniques that have been demonstrated to be effective.

These include, techniques used to identify depressive related thinking patterns and introduce strategies for improving sleep, physical health and wellbeing.

This program is a 10 week program that combines Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and mindfulness meditation training.

By the end of the program it is anticipated that participants will have a greater understanding of themselves and are able to use mindfulness skills to reduce risk of relapse of their illness.

This program is offered to people who have experienced Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in the line of work with emergency services, such as Police, Fire Brigade and Ambulance officers.

This program runs two days a week for 10 weeks and provides intensive education, skills and support about symptoms and effects related to PTSD.


Schema Therapy is a relatively new and innovative form of therapy for difficult long-standing problems.

In comparison to traditional Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Schema Therapy focuses on changing lifelong patterns, and integrates best practices of cognitive behavioral, experiential, interpersonal and psychoanalytic therapies under one umbrella.

This program is designed for participants with a primary diagnosis of depression or anxiety and/or other co-morbid conditions whose issues are long-standing and have not been resolved after a course of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.

Seeds of Wellness is a 12-week foundation program designed to give you the opportunity to explore and speak about your life in ways that will make you stronger.

This Narrative Therapy group uses a ‘Tree of Life’ metaphor to support you to begin to explore and reconnect with stories of your life that give you a sense of meaning and purpose.

Your problems will be explored as separate from you creating the space you need to connect with skillful ways of responding to difficulties.

Part of the Trauma and Personality Treatment Program, the STAR program is designed for people who have experienced difficult circumstances or painful traumatic experiences in their past, resulting in significant and on-going emotional and interpersonal difficulties.
The program is evidence-based, combining DBT skills, cognitive-behavioural and mindfulness-based strategies, in addition to an opportunity to process traumatic experiences.

Disordered eating and body image dissatisfaction

The Eating disorders day program runs on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

The program is designed for people who are able to manage eating more independently however still require ongoing structure, support and challenging for their eating and eating behaviours.

The program consists of dietetic groups that provide education and nutritional knowledge, cognitive behavioural groups and other skills based groups looking at assertiveness training and motivation to change.

Patients also engage in food and eating challenges to enhance their confidence eating more independently.

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Saturday Group Therapy Programs

Life strategies program timetable

Day Programs booklet

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