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 Anxiety and Depression Management Program.
  • Clinical pathways to support recovery, enhance functioning and facilitate personal growth to prevent admission/readmission.
  • 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 assessment will 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

The “ACT in Practice” Program at The Melbourne Clinic is appropriate for individuals who have completed the 10 week ACT Foundations Program and who would benefit from continued support in learning and utilising the principles of ACT to create ongoing positive life change. This program can be used for up to 12 months.

ACT in Practice is specifically designed to help participants establish a regular mindfulness practice and to support them with committed action to create a meaningful life. Because the program is available to participants for up to 12 months, it allows the groups to develop a significant level of connection and enables deeper experiential work to take place.

It is anticipated that the program will greatly assist in the following positive outcomes:

  • Decreased fear of unpleasant emotions
  • Increased interpersonal connection and improved relationships
  • Increased acceptance of the full range of subjective experiences, including distressing thoughts, beliefs, sensations, and feelings in an effort to promote desired behaviour change.
  • A greater range of emotional experience

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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.

Download the timetable here.

The Anxiety and Depression Management Programme based at The Melbourne Clinic Day Programs offers participants an environment to discuss and explore not only how their symptoms affect their own life but also how they can radically support others in their recovery. The group uses a foundation of mindfulness to explore Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) principles and practices. The group attempts to offer a safe environment with the possibility of instilling hope into the participants, and to remind them that they are not alone in the experience of their symptoms. Participants have the opportunity to support other participants, and it allows participants to troubleshoot skills with other participants.

The focus of the sessions are on the participants and not on the facilitator. As much as there is information discussed and offered in the form of psychoeducation sessions, the primary focus of the group is the process of being in the group, and sharing experiences with other participants.

The programme is a twenty four week programme broken down into four week segments. Participants can attend every session offered, or they can pick and choose the sessions that are appropriate to them. The first week of every month is a focus on mindfulness. Each month there will be a focus on exploring different mindfulness approaches and practices, as well as troubleshooting any difficulties that individuals have with mindfulness. The second week of each month then starts with a foundation of basic CBT principles and practices and will then start to explore the topic for that period.


The outline of each session is as follows:

9:20am to 10:15pm: Mindfulness

10:25am to 11:55am: Psychoeducation (Session 1)

11:55am to 1:10pm: Interpersonal Therapy

1:10pm to 1:30pm: Break

1:30pm to 3:00pm: Psychoeducation (Session 2)

Participants are to attend for the entire group as per health fund requirements.

The sessions are divided as follows:

Starting afresh (weeks 1-4)

These sessions are the starting point if you have not done group therapy before. After focusing on mindfulness and the foundations of CBT, these sessions will then focus on using different tools to monitor your thoughts and emotions. These sessions will looking at different ideas around goal setting and will include practical applications. The last week will be focused on values, and then how to use these to determine goals.

PLEASE (weeks 5-8)

After the focus of mindfulness and CBT, these sessions will cover aspects of physical health including: managing physical illness, and maintaining a balanced diet. The third week will predominantly be focused on sleep, including managing nightmares, and the last week will be focused on exercise. There will be some exercise involved in the final week, though it will not be strenuous.

Thoughts and Emotions (Weeks 9-12)

After the focus on mindfulness and CBT, these sessions will explore what thoughts are and how they can be both helpful and unhelpful, as well as exploring cognitive distortions. These sessions will also explore the core beliefs that underpin a lot of our behaviours and how we can change them. The sessions will also explore the emotions that we experience and how to identify and use them.

Self and Identity (weeks 13-17)

These sessions will focus on discovering a sense of self and identity. It will cover issues such as self esteem, personality and self as concept.

Self and Identity (weeks 17-20)

These sessions will focus on discovering a sense of self and identity. It will cover issues such as self esteem, personality and self as concept.

Relationships (weeks 18-22)

After focusing on mindfulness and CBT, these session will look at the importance of relationships and reducing isolation. It will cover a couple of practical therapy approaches to improve conversation skills. These sessions will also look at communication styles and developing assertiveness.

The dates for each week and topic group are listed below:

Thoughts and Emotions

30th March

6th April

20th April

27th April

Self and Identity

4th May

11th May

18th May

25th May


1st June

15th June

22nd June

29th June

This program is a well-established treatment designed to stabilise a range of symptoms which often include emotion dys-regulation, relationship difficulties, high levels of distress, difficulty regulating impulses and identity disturbances. DBT Skills are also designed to reduce therapy interfering behaviours such as disorganisation, late attendance, avoidance and low motivation.


DBT Skills focuses on providing therapeutic skills in four key areas: Core Mindfulness Skills improve the ability of participants to accept and be present in the current moment; Distress Tolerance Skills build capacity to tolerate a range of negative emotions which in turn allows for new and effective ways of coping; Emotion Regulation Skills provide insight into how emotions work and the strategies to manage and change intense emotions; Skills for Interpersonal Effectiveness provide a framework for effective communication that is assertive, maintains self-respect, and strengthens relationships.


6 month program delivered in three 7 week modules.

  • Distress Tolerance
  • Emotion Regulation
  • Interpersonal Effectiveness

Skills phone coaching is available between 8:30am - 4:00pm Monday to Friday to help participants apply the skills they are learning in groups. Private Psychology or Outreach support is recommended.


This program is currently offered on weekdays 9:20am – 3pm; afternoons 1:20pm – 7pm or after hours 5:30pm – 8:45pm for workers and students.

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.


  • 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

The Emotional Management Day Program is an introductory 7 week series designed to be an accessible start for clients experiencing emotion dysregulation. It introduces a number of skills which provide valuable emotion regulation strategies that help build capacity and resilience for ongoing treatment.

Emotion management topics include:

  • Aims and goals of emotion management
  • Crisis survival skills and accessing support
  • Core Mindfulness
  • Introduction to DBT Skills
  • Emotional insight
  • Managing Difficult Emotions
  • Acceptance
  • Behaviour Chain Analysis
  • Reducing Vulnerabilities
  • Effective communication


Part 1 – Mindfulness

Part 2 – Check in and review

Part 3 – Emotion Management Skills

Part 4 – Reflection and insights for change


This program is currently offered on weekdays 9:20am – 3pm; afternoons 1:20pm – 7pm or after hours 5:30pm – 8:45pm for workers and students.

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


Increased self-compassion has been shown to be effective at reducing anxiety and depression (McBeth and Gumly 2012) and is associated 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 draws from both Mindful Self-Compassion (Neff and Germer) and Compassion-Focused therapy (Gilbert). 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.

To find out more information about this program, please click here.

This program is for individuals who are experiencing symptoms of Post-Traumatic

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

Group Therapy

  • Two days of group therapy per week that are back-to-back days
  • Psycho educational and skills based
  • Informed by recommended treatment guidelines and 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 grounding and mindfulness
  • Skills for managing urges to address substance abuse
  • Vocational skills and return to work planning
  • Cognitive processing of impact of trauma
  • Skills for reducing behavioural avoidance
  • Skills for managing unhelpful patterns of thinking
  • 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 an experience of neglect, abandonment or abuse during childhood. The STAR program is informed by evidence-based treatments and provides skills training and an opportunity to process traumatic experiences. The Emotional Management Day Program and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy provide a foundation of emotion regulation skills prior to entry into STAR and are a necessary pre-requisite.


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

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

Skills Training & Trauma Processing

Weekly STAR skills and trauma recovery groups are delivered over a 6 month period in three 7 week modules.

  • Module 1 Managing Emotions
  • Module 2 Improving Relationships
  • Module 3 Sense of Self

Private Psychology or TMC Outreach support is recommended for participants who attend STAR.


This program is currently offered on weekdays 9:20am – 3pm

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