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Day Programs

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

Day Programs will assist clients with:
  • Information, skills and support to enhance mental health recovery
  • The transition period immediately following an inpatient admission via our Optimal Health Program
  • Clinical pathways to support recovery, enhance functioning and facilitate personal growth to prevent admission/readmission.
Note:
  • If you are interested in attending our Day Programs, a referral needs to be obtained from your doctor to The Melbourne Clinic
  • Upon referral from an accredited psychiatrist at The Melbourne Clinic, an assessmentwill be booked to determine the best clinical pathway
  • On-going management continues with the treating psychiatrist, making this an ideal shared care arrangement.

Click here for The Melbourne Clinic Day Programs Brochure

For further information please call the Day Program centre on (03) 8416 3800

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.

ACT Brochure

This program is designed for individuals who experience problems with misuse of alcohol , drugs or gambling, and who are interested in maintaining or working toward abstinence.

Content:

  • Information relating to addiction and other conditions that co-exist with addiction such as depression and anxiety
  • Development of coping skills to manage cravings and high risk situations
  • Developing self - awareness, insight and mindfulness skills
  • Making and maintaining lifestyle change
  • Developing appropriate relaxation techniques
  • Support therapy - providing an opportunity to speak openly in a safe environment, supporting and being supported by group members
  • Relapse prevention

This program utilises experiential arts based methods to extend participants understanding of the principles of ACT and to integrate and individualise their therapeutic insights and growth.

Content:

  • The process is mindfulness based and trains participants to observe internal experiences and patterns of behaviour
  • Each session utilises education and discussion about the principals of ACT as an access point for individual exploration and meaning making
  • Sessions conclude with values based goal setting in accordance with insights arising for individual participants through the work of the day
  • The art therapy process involves cycles of expansion and exploration utilising expressive arts, writing and therapeutic conversation to explore participant’s experience, then reduction of this material down to core meaning and values.
  • Utilising arts based methods enables participant’s insight into the subtleties of their emotional and cognitive experiencing and barriers to change in a manner which enhances freedom of movement toward values.

This program is designed for people with symptoms of ADHD and Mental Health related Cognitive Changes and is facilitated by a neuropsychologist.

Content

  • Neurocognitive education will focus on topics including attention, memory and executive functioning, as well as coping strategies, interpersonal relationships and life skills
  • Group support will provide an opportunity for clients to discuss their experiences and cognitive issues in a supportive group environment
  • Mindfulness therapy will focus on learning the principles of mindfulness and skills training and how to integrate these into everyday life.

This program is designed for individuals who experience problems with misuse of alcohol, drugs or gambling, and who are interested in maintaining or working toward abstinence.

Content:

  • Information relating to addiction and other conditions that co-exist with addiction such as depression and anxiety
  • Development of coping skills to manage cravings and high risk situations
  • Developing self - awareness, insight and mindfulness skills
  • Making and maintaining lifestyle change
  • Developing appropriate relaxation techniques
  • Support therapy - providing an opportunity to speak openly in a safe environment, supporting and being supported by group members
  • Relapse prevention.

This Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) based program is designed for individuals impacted by anxiety and depression.

Content:

  • Understanding the cognitive, physiological, emotional, behavioural, and neurobiological components of anxiety and depression
  • Skills for managing the physical symptoms of anxiety and depression
  • Learning mindfulness skills to improve awareness of unhelpful thinking patterns as well as increasing the capacity to live in the present moment
  • Learning skills for exposure to anxiety to reduce behavioural avoidance
  • Skills to step back from and/or challenge unhelpful thoughts
  • Learning how to better manage perfectionism and communicate assertively
  • Life management skills: how to balance and manage stressors
  • Enhance recovery and relapse prevention.

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) is a well-established treatment designed to stabilise a range of symptoms which might include emotion dys-regulation, relationship difficulties, or high levels of distress. The DBT program includes two phases, the DBT Foundations Group and DBT Skills Training.

Content

This program aims to help people regulate their emotions and disengage from dangerous and therapeutic interfering behaviours by enhancing skills in:

  • Core Mindfullness
  • Distress Tolerance
  • Emotional Regulation
  • Interpersonal Effectiveness.


Program Structure

1. DBT Foundations Group

DBT Foundations group is designed to prepare and orient participants to the DBT treatment.

This involves learning about the components and structure of DBT, the challenges involved, and how to prepare for them. In addition, participants are guided to connect to values and set goals to work towards.

Duration: The program is eight weeks in length and consists of weekly group sessions. Attendance is prerequisite for entry into the 12 month DBT Skills Training component.


2. DBT Skills Training

12 month program delivered in three 14 week modules.

There are three components of this treatment including:

  • Weekly DBT Skills Training groups, which introduce the sets of DBT skills
  • Weekly individual DBT sessions with a DBT therapist
  • Skills phone coaching (as required between 8:30am - 4:00pm Monday to Friday).

Trauma and DBT Brochure

The program treats individuals with eating disorders and is designed to promote recovery of physical and emotional wellbeing in a supportive environment. 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.

Content:

  • Provide a comprehensive service for eating disorder patients
  • Provide an integrated transitional program for inpatient and outpatient treatment
  • Provide treatment with minimal disruption to daily living and social networks

This program is designed for individuals diagnosed with Bi-Polar I or Bi-Polar II Disorders.

Content:

  • Early warning signs
  • Identifying triggers
  • Impact of stress
  • Medication and stress prevention
  • Facilitated peer support.

This program is designed for people with ahistory of mood and/or anxiety disorders and difficulties stemming from lowself-worth/self-critical thoughts.


Content:

Increased self-compassion has been shown to beeffective at reducing anxiety and depression (McBeth and Gumly 2012) and isassociated with emotional intelligence, wisdom, life satisfaction, and feelingsof social connectedness, all important elements of a meaningful life (Neff,2003a; Neff, Pisitsungkagarn, & Hsieh, 2008). This 10 week program drawsfrom both Mindful Self-Compassion (Neff and Germer) and Compassion-Focusedtherapy (Gilbert). Using mindfulness practices focused on the heart,participants are supported to nourish a kinder relationship with themselves, tametheir inner critic and work with the powerful emotion of shame.

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This program is developed for people who have had a recent inpatient stay at The Melbourne Clinic to support their discharge, or people wishing to increase their support who have not had an inpatient stay.

OHP’s Six Sessions:

  • Optimal Health
  • Factors of Wellbeing
  • Building Health Plans
  • I-Can-Do Model
  • Visioning and Goal Setting
  • Family and Friends Session.

During the program participants will:

  • Reflect on their own wellbeing
  • Identify their strengths and strategies
  • Learn to recognise early warning signs of stress and develop partnerships with others as a strategy to optimise their health
  • Vision achieving goals and celebrating success at each step

Optimal Health Program Brochure

This program is for individuals who areexperiencing symptoms of Post-Traumatic

Stress Disorder (PTSD). The program consists oftwo days per week of group therapy.

Group Therapy

  • Two days of group therapy per week that areback-to-back days
  • Psychoeducational and skills based
  • Informed by recommended treatment guidelinesand evidence for PTSD recovery.


Program Content

  • Skills for managing symptoms of PTSD
  • Skills for managing depression and anxiety
  • Anger management skills
  • Distress tolerance skills such as groundingand mindfulness
  • Skills for managing urges to addresssubstance abuse
  • Vocational skills and return to work planning
  • Cognitive processing of impact of trauma
  • Skills for reducing behavioural avoidance
  • Skills for managing unhelpful patterns ofthinking
  • Medications used in PTSD
  • Memory and cognitive issues in PTSD
  • Family and Relationship issues in PTSD.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Brochure

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.

PTSD for Emergency Workers Brochure

This program is designed for people who are experiencing significant and ongoing emotional and interpersonal problems due to having experienced difficult circumstances or painful traumatic experiences in their past. The STAR program is informed by evidence-based treatments and provides skills training and an opportunity to process traumatic experiences.

Content

The program aims to help people enhance their quality of life by:

  • Improving emotion regulation skills
  • Improving relationship skills
  • Clarifying and developing one’s sense of self
  • Processing and moving forward from trauma
  • Letting go of unhelpful beliefs.

Program Structure

The program includes two phases:

1. Safety and Stabilisation

2. STAR treatment component.


Safety and Stabilisation Group (weekly group sessions over 12 weeks)

The initial component of the STAR program is a 12 week Safety and Stabilisation group which presents skills to help people manage distress more effectively. Strategies introduced include mindfulness, grounding, self-soothing, and self-compassion skills. This program also aims to increase clients understanding of their symptoms by providing education about how and why post-traumatic symptoms emerge following trauma. This is a prerequisite before completing the STAR treatment component.


STAR Treatment

There are two components of this treatment including:

  • Weekly Skills Training groups combining DBT, cognitive-behavioural, and mindfulness based approaches.

The program is structured as three modules:

  • Managing Emotions
  • Improving Relationships
  • Sense of Self
  • Weekly individual therapy sessions to allow for a tailored approach to treatment and an opportunity to process traumatic experiences.

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