Day Programs Suitable for Depression and Anxiety

 

Who is the program for?

The Anxiety and Depression Management program is a Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) based program designed for individuals who have a diagnosis of anxiety or depression or both. The program is suitable for community referrals and also for patients who have recently been discharged from The Melbourne Clinic inpatient program.

How will it help me?

The Anxiety and Depression Management program offers participants a variety of psycho-educational modules each month that provide information and skills training to manage symptoms. Interpersonal therapy is included in each session which is an opportunity for participants to share the challenges and triumphs of skills application through lived personal experience. Participants also develop skills in regular mindfulness practice which includes building openness, awareness and focus to the present moment. The benefits of mindfulness include improved self-awareness which enables participants to “unhook” from difficult thoughts and feelings while developing self-acceptance and self-compassion.

It is anticipated that participation in the program will reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression and reduce symptomatic relapse by prolonging periods of effective management and healthy wellbeing.

When does it run?

This program runs on Mondays from 9:20am-1pm currently online on ZOOM. Participants can start the program straight away following a suitable day programs assessment. A weekly summary of group topics and dates is updated regularly below.

Group Calendar

Monday June 8th
Public Holiday - No Group

Monday June 15th
Coping Strategies and Exposure Therapy

Monday June 22nd
Reducing Vulnerability: Stress

Monday June 29th
Strength and Resourcing

July Calendar Available Soon…

Who is the program for?

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) Foundations is a program designed for adults with a range of mental health diagnoses and symptoms which could include depression and anxiety.

How will it help me?

ACT is about us living meaningful lives. You will therefore be encouraged to take values-based actions. But it’s also been shown to be incredibly effective at how we manage our thoughts and feelings. Such experiences that can act as a barrier to some of our important areas of life.

ACT Foundations covers all six ACT core processes which consist of mindfulness, values, acceptance, committing to action, de-fusion or ‘unhooking’ from thoughts and developing self-awareness. By learning and practicing the ACT processes, participants develop the skills to handle painful thoughts and feelings much more effectively.

When does it run?

This 10 week program is run one day per week from 9:20am-3pm, and for one evening per week from 5:30pm-8:45pm. The choice is yours and will be given to you upon discussion with the intake facilitator.

Who is the program for?

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy ACT Creatively mirrors the ACT Foundations program however includes the key component of creative expression through art. This program is for people who want to use the model of ACT in their lives. No artistic ability is required, just a willingness to use the creative process as a method of exploring thoughts and emotions in the framework of ACT. The group is run by both an ACT therapist and an art therapist.

How will it help me?

Often art is a medium that transcends other forms of communication and language. Some people find that using art expression enables a deeper insight. ACT Creatively covers all six core processes which consist of mindfulness, values, acceptance, committing to action, de-fusion or ‘unhooking’ from thoughts and developing self-awareness.

When does it run?

This 10 week program is run one day per week from 9:20am-3pm.

Who is this program for?

ACT proceeds from a foundation level towards a higher level of competency and skills through the ACT in Practice, and then onto ACT Graduates programs. These programs are designed for individuals who have completed ACT Foundations and who want to continue to practice and apply the skills they have put into practice to create ongoing change in their lives.

How will it help me?

ACT in Practice, builds on the six core ACT processes of mindfulness, values, acceptance, committing to action, de-fusion or ‘unhooking’ from thoughts and developing self-awareness. Through supportive group sessions, participants are assisted to integrate the skills into their own specific life situations. Participants are also supported in maintaining regular mindfulness practice while committing to values based action.

Following ACT in Practice, ACT Graduates continues to support participants to consolidate and apply the ACT principles. Participants benefit from ongoing skills facilitation and encouragement from group members on a fortnightly basis. ACT Graduates is also available for participants who have completed ACT Creatively and wish to continue to develop their practice through an art based medium.

When does it run?

ACT in practice is run one day per week from 9:20am-3pm, and for one evening per week from 5:30pm-8:45pm. ACT Graduates is offered ongoing in fortnightly sessions in the evening from 5:30pm-8:45pm. These programs can be attended for up to 12 months depending upon group effectiveness.

Who is this program for?

This program is designed for participants who want to maximise the key therapeutic practice of mindfulness in their lives. It is based upon the evidence-based approach known as Mindfulness-Based-Stress-Reduction (MBSR). It is for people who have already have some experience with formal mindfulness practice and who wish to deepen this more so.

How will it help me?

Deepening Mindfulness supports participants to continue to develop the practice of mindfulness. Mindfulness that is the awareness that arises through paying attention, on purpose to present-moment experiences in the mind and body (e.g., thoughts, sensations, emotions) without trying to hold onto them, resist them, judge them, or avoid them. Deepening mindfulness helps participants remain accepting, open, interested, and connected while developing a compassion for ourselves like that of a comforting friend.

When does it run?

This program is offered ongoing in fortnightly sessions in the evening from 5:30pm-8:45pm.

Who is the program for?

Mindful Self Compassion (MSC) is designed for people with a history of mood or anxiety disorders and difficulties stemming from low self-worth and self-critical thoughts.

How will it help me?

This is a ten-week program using mindfulness practices focused on the heart. Participants are supported to nourish a kinder relationship with themselves, tame their inner critic and work with the powerful emotion of shame.

Mindful Self Compassion assists participants to:

  • Understand and cultivate self-compassion
  • Practice mindfulness with a focus on emotions and the heart
  • Meet difficult emotions (including shame) with a compassionate heart
  • Connect with a compassionate rather than critical voice
  • Explore connection, disconnection and compassion for others
  • Cultivate gratitude and appreciation for the self.

When does it run?

This 10-week program is offered one day per week within usual business hours.

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