Day Programs for Emotion Dysregulation, Trauma and PTSD

 

Who is this program for?

The Emotion Management Day Program (EMDP) is designed for people with a history of emotion dysregulation including borderline personality traits or classic and complex PTSD symptoms. The EMDP runs for 7 consecutive weeks and provides important foundational skills for DBT.

How will it help me?

The treatment offered in this program is for people who are experiencing longstanding and chronic emotional difficulties which are often linked to a history of painful traumatic experiences or early attachment issues. These programs present skills to help people manage distress more effectively. Strategies introduced include mindfulness, grounding, self-soothing, and self-compassion skills. EMDP aims to increase clients understanding of their symptoms by providing education about how and why post-traumatic symptoms emerge following trauma.

It is anticipated that the program will greatly assist in providing clinical stabilization in areas such as the ability to regulate emotional states; relational stability; greater control over impulsivity and dissociative symptoms; improved sense of self and increased flexibility of thinking. Psychometric measures will target clinical outcomes in the area of psycho-social functioning and symptomatology consistent with mood disorders which includes mood, emotional regulation, impulsivity and awareness.

When does it run?

This 7 week program is run weekly at either 9:20am-3pm, 1:20pm-7pm or 5:30pm-8:45pm. The choice is yours and will be given to you upon discussion with the intake facilitator.

Who is this program for?

The Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) Skills Program at The Melbourne Clinic is a specialised treatment program that delivers the extensive skillset developed by Marcia M. Linehan. It is designed for people with a history of emotion dysregulation including borderline personality traits or classic and complex PTSD symptoms. It provides clients with new skills to manage painful emotions and decrease conflict in relationships.

How will it help me?

DBT is a cognitive-behavioural treatment program to treat people with borderline personality disorder. This group program specifically focuses on providing therapeutic skills in four key areas. First, mindfulness focuses on improving an individual's ability to accept and be present in the current moment. Second, distress tolerance is geared toward increasing a person’s tolerance of negative emotion, rather than trying to escape from it. Third, emotion regulation covers strategies to manage and change intense emotions that are causing problems in a person’s life. Fourth, interpersonal effectiveness consists of techniques that allow a person to communicate with others in a way that is assertive, maintains self-respect, and strengthens relationships.

DBT Modules

  • Interpersonal Effectiveness – 7 weeks
  • Emotion Regulation – 7 weeks
  • Distress Tolerance – 7 weeks

When does it run?

The three 7 week modules take 6 months to complete and are run weekly at the following times: 9:20am - 3pm, 1:20pm - 7pm or 5:30pm-8:45pm. The choice is yours and will be given to you upon discussion with the intake facilitator.

Who is this program for?

The Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) Grads Program at The Melbourne Clinic is a specialised treatment program designed for people who have completed DBT and who wish to maintain their skills practice in a supportive environment.

How will it help me?

DBT is an exciting and ground breaking program that has helped may people with serious emotion dysregulation, at risk behaviour and borderline personality disorder. Continual practice of DBT skills is enormously helpful in being able to continue to apply them to your own context and relationships.

When does it run?

DBT Grads is run one evening per week from 5:30pm – 8:45pm. This program can be attended in 3 monthly instalments.

Who is the program for?

The Supporting Trauma and Recovery (STAR) program is a specialised treatment program for patients who have experienced complex trauma resulting in significant and ongoing emotional and interpersonal difficulties. It is a pre-requisite for clients to have complete an emotion regulation program such as DBT prior to STAR to gain the emotion regulation skills necessary to complete this program.

How will it help me?

The STAR program draws from evidence-based practices from the fields of personality disorder treatment and complex trauma disorder treatment. The program utilizes a combination of attachment informed psychotherapy, schema therapy, sensorimotor psychotherapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. First, understanding relationships focuses on the importance of attachment in infancy and childhood, the effect of insecure attachment and how we can heal and grow in our current adult relationships. Second, trauma, self & identity identifies the effects of trauma on the individual, specifically in relation to our core beliefs or schemas. An understanding of the foundations of how we hurt and heal is able to provide surprising new pathways for hope and recovery. Third, developing a healthy self offers compassionate and effective strategies for moving forward in self-acceptance, building upon strengths and values and embracing life.

STAR Modules

  • Understanding Relationships – 7 weeks
  • Trauma, Self and Identity – 7 weeks
  • Developing a Healthy self – 7 weeks

  • When does it run?

    The three, 7 week modules take 6 months to complete and are currently offered at 9:20am - 3pm.

    Who is this program for?

    The Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Program at The Melbourne Clinic is an outpatient group program that provides best practice treatment for emergency service workers who have symptoms of PTSD.

    How will it help me?

    There are several interventions available that have been shown to markedly reduce or even eliminate the symptoms of PTSD. Well-conducted groups provide an opportunity for peer support, normalization of post-traumatic experiences and learning and motivation from other patient’s experiences of recovery. Clients receive emotional and practical support, education about trauma and its impact and training in more effective ways of coping. Groups can also be used to deliver therapeutic exposure and cognitive therapy, two of the best-validated forms of PTSD treatment.

    It is anticipated that the program will greatly assist in providing clinical stabilization and trauma processing which are significant contributing factors for a positive return to work status. Psychometric assessment is conducted both pre and post program using evidence-based clinical outcome measures. Measures will target clinical outcomes in the area of psycho-social functioning and symptomatology consistent with PTSD which includes mood, anxiety, anger and sleep.

    When does it run?

    This program runs on two days per week 9:20am - 2:30pm for 10 weeks duration. A family and friends session is available as well as follow up sessions after the completion of the program.

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