The objective of day programs is to deliver group therapy that provides patients with the skills and support to help improve the quality and enjoyment of life and break the cycle of relapse, and therefore the need for hospitalisation. The individual programs are designed to promote the use of effective coping strategies and a return to normal functioning.
Before commencing a day program you will need a referral from your GP or psychiatrist.
The day programs are provided by an experienced team of health professionals including psychiatrists, psychologists and specialist nurse therapists. In most cases the costs are covered by private health insurance. If you do not have private health cover, please phone Hillcrest Rockhampton Private Hospital for a quote.
ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION PROGRAM
Patients may be referred for the 8 week anxiety program or 8 week depression program or the full program (anxiety and depression)
Anxiety Program - one day / week for 8 weeks
This program is for people who experience difficulties with anxiety (including generalised anxiety disorder, social phobia and panic disorder).
The anxiety program focuses on issues identified by research to be important in triggering and maintaining anxiety. These include:
- Understanding Anxiety
- De-arousal strategies
- Thinking-Feeling connection
- Managing worry
- Approach Coping
- Living well and setting realistic goals.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) are important elements of the program. CBT focuses on helping participants to respond positively to their negative thoughts and to be able to live the kind of life they would like, without being held back by anxiety. ACT focuses on helping participants learn strategies to accept and tolerate anxiety while working towards living a rich and meaningful life. Emphasis is placed on the provision of a warm, supportive environment that values the lived experience of group participants.
Depression Program - one day / week for 8 weeks
This program is specifically designed for patients with depression and related disorders (including dysthymia and pre-menstrual dysphoric disorder and schizoaffective disorder – depressive type). This program offers support, psycho-education and skills development to effectively manage symptoms and to improve participants’ quality and enjoyment in life.
The depression program covers issues that have been identified by research as being important in the onset and maintenance of depressed mood. These issues include:
- Understanding Depression
- Motivation and activation
- Acceptance and mindfulness
- Unhelpful thinking and healthy alternatives
- Core beliefs and self- worth
- Staying well and early warning signs
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment therapy (ACT) are used to cover issues central to supporting recovery from depression. Emphasis is placed on the provision of a warm, supportive environment that values the lived experience of group participants.
Recovery and Relapse Prevention – one half day / week for 12 weeks
The Recovery and Relapse Prevention program is designed to help participants to live well with mental health challenges and to reduce the likelihood and impact of a relapse.
Rather than focusing directly on specific types of disorders, the Recovery and Relapse Prevention program is inclusive of participants who have experienced various mental health issues and symptoms. A combination of therapies is utilised to deliver a program in a supportive, encouraging and learning environment.
The Recovery and Relapse Prevention day program covers issues that have been identified by research as being important in the onset and maintenance of depressed mood. These issues include:
- Early warning signs, potential risks and protective factors
- Daily activity plans and medication maintenance
- Wellness / Crisis support plans
- Relationships and communication
- Work, education and other meaningful activities
- Harmful releases and healthy alternatives
- Physical health and wellbeing
- Resilience and strengths
- Personal coping skills
- Treatment and support options
Emphasis is placed on the provision of a warm, supportive environment that values the lived experience and supports group participants to take personal responsibility for developing plans, coping skills and support networks that best meet their individual needs and preferences.
For further information or to make a referral please call
Archerview Day Clinic on (07) 4932 1140