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Outpatient day programs

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy based outpatient programs are available to people who have recently been discharged from an acute setting or who need support to prevent deterioration or relapse of their symptoms.


Access to services:

Access to Outpatient Day Programs is available via referral. Your GP, psychiatrist, psychologist or counsellor will be able to assist you in obtaining a referral to a private specialist who is accredited at the hospital and who can organise your enrolment into a program.

These programs are aimed at promoting recovery within a community setting and include:

This program is suitable for adults with a range of mental health concerns.

Content:
Participants will take part in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy in a group setting, in which they will be assisted in:

  • Developing Mindfulness Skills, that is, learning to focus one’s attention on the present moment without judgment.
  • Developing a sense of acceptance of one’s experience, including emotions, thoughts, urges, self and external experience.
  • Enhancing psychological flexibility through learning cognitive defusion techniques to alter the way in which one relates to their thoughts, thereby reducing the impact of unhelpful cognitive processes.
  • Identifying personal values and connecting with what’s really important.
  • Becoming committed to behaving in a way that is aligned with one’s values, in order to live a full, rich and meaningful life.

When:


The program runs for 12 weeks on Tuesdays 9:00 - 2:45pm.

Attendance is required one day per week.

The program is a closed group, with intake occurring four times per year.

Who:

This program is suitable for adults with a range of mental health concerns who have completed the ACT Day Program.

Content:

Within a group setting, participants will:

  • Consolidate understanding and application of ACT principles in order to live a deeper, richer and more meaningful life.
  • Participate in a range of mindfulness experiential exercises to assist in further development of both formal and informal mindfulness practice.
  • Continue to identify and align with values and uncover deeper values.
  • Identify and address barriers to change.
  • Develop an understanding of ‘workability’; identifying principles that are individually relevant and explore personalised application of new insights and skills.
  • Further enhance self-awareness.
  • Develop an understanding of neuroplasticity.

When:

The program runs for 12 weeks on Thursdays from 9:00am – 2:45pm.

The program is an open group, accordingly patients can commence at any time within the 12 week cycle, numbers permitting.

The program is suitable for individuals working toward, or maintaining, abstinence from addictive behaviours.

Content: The program draws from a variety of approaches, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance& Commitment Therapy and Positive Psychology.


The group program aims to:

  • Provide peer and professional support to maintain sobriety and recovery.
  • Enhance understanding of the dependency syndrome and recovery process.
  • Develop adaptive coping skills to manage the physical, psychological and social difficulties specific to addiction.
  • Equip participants with adaptive skills to achieve a meaningful and enjoyable recovery.

When:

The program runs for 12 weeks on Thursdays, 9:00am - 2:45pm.

The program is an open group,accordingly patients can commence at any time within the 12 week cycle, numbers permitting.

Who:
This program is suitable for adults experiencing longstanding
and chronic emotional difficulties. The program is relevant for
adults experiencing traits of Borderline Personality Disorder
(BPD) or with a diagnosis of BPD.
Content:
The DBT Foundations program provides the foundation
for the DBT Skills Training Day Program. DBT is a wellestablished
treatment designed to stabilise a range
of symptoms, such as difficulty managing emotions,
relationship difficulties and high levels of distress.
Within a group setting, the Foundations program explores:
• ‘What is DBT?’, including the different components of
skills training.
• The biosocial theory of emotional vulnerability.
• Symptoms of BPD.
• Debunking myths re: BPD.
• Cycle of Change and Goal Setting.
• Adaptive Problem Solving techniques.
• Ways to effectively address barriers to therapy.
When:
The program runs for 5 weeks on Tuesdays* from 9:00am
– 2:45pm. Attendance is required weekly. The program is
a closed group, with intake occurring three times per year.
*Program Day will change from August 2018 to
Wednesday.
Participation is a pre-requisite for entry into the 12 month
DBT Skills Training Program

Who:
This program is suitable for adults experiencing longstanding
and chronic emotional difficulties. The program is relevant
for adults experiencing traits of Borderline Personality
Disorder (BPD) or with a diagnosis of BPD, whom have
completed the DBT Foundations Program.
Content:
DBT is a well-established treatment designed to address a
range of concerns, such as difficulty managing emotions,
relationship difficulties and high levels of distress.
Within a group setting, the Skills Training program teaches:
• Core Mindfulness Skills
?? Learning to control the mind, to focus attention
on present moment, increase self awareness, self
acceptance and reduce emotional reactivity.
• Emotion Regulation Skills
?? Learning to understand, identify and manage
emotions effectively.
• Distress Tolerance Skills
?? Learning to effectively cope with high levels of
emotional distress, without making things worse.
• Interpersonal Effectiveness Skills
?? Understanding barriers to effective communication
and developing appropriate communication skills to
enhance relationships.
When:
The program is a 12 month DBT Skills Training program
involves three 14-week modules on Tuesdays from
9:00am – 2:45pm. Attendance is required weekly.
The program is a closed group, with intake occurring
three times per year.

The program is suitable for individuals with a braod range of mental health concerns or addictions.

Content:

  • Diversional Therapy provides opportunities for individuals to participate in creative activities which promote:
  • Personal growth and fulfilment
  • Improved ability to manage emotions and tolerate distress
  • Enhanced self-esteem.
Additonally the Diversional Therapy Program will incorporate aspects of a range of evidence-based therapies, including Features of Positive Psychology, which promotes the importance of gratitude, engaging in pleasurable activities and contributing to others in a meaningful way.


The program will also explore a range of distress tolerance strategies such as those taught in Dialectical Behavior Therapy.

Activities are designed to support, challenge and enhance the psychological, social, emotional and physical well-being of individuals.

Through participation in this program, it is anticipated that individuals will be better able to focus on positives, become more grateful, use reflective tools, learn adaptive coping strategies and discover a range of self-calming techniques.


When:
The program runs weekly on runs Wednesdays and Fridays 9:00am - 2:45pm.

Participants may attend as often as required. We welcome referrals to the Diversional Therapy Day Program.


A referral for all Day Programs is required from an accredited Psychiatrist to Pine Rivers Private Hospital.

This program is suitable for individuals with a broad range of
mental health concerns or addiction. The open and flexible
nature of the program enables participants to choose how
regularly and for how long they would like to attend. LWP is
general day program, designed to provide regular support,
structure and learning opportunities to participants for as
long as required, whether that be to support the transition
from inpatient to outpatient services, whilst waiting for
availability of a specialist Program, or ongoing.
The program includes:
• Support Therapy: a space for participants to explore
current concerns whilst gaining support from both
facilitators and co-patients.
• Psychoeducation regarding a wide range of mental
health issues.

When:
The program runs twice weekly on Mondays and
Fridays from 9:00am – 2:45pm. Participants may attend
for as many weeks as needed.

Who:

Individuals with a psychiatric diagnosis impacting on lifestyle choices and physical health, whom are striving toward improving both physical and psychological well-being.

Program Facilitation:

The program is facilitated by our dedicated Exercise Physiologist & and Mental Health Nurse. Exercise Physiologists specialise in the delivery of education and exercise for the prevention and management of chronic diseases, injuries and mental health concerns. Interventions include advice & education, support, physical activity and strategies for lifestyle change.

Program Content:

Within a group setting, participants will be supported to:

  • Understand the impact of nutrition on physical and mental health.
  • Identify positive and achievable nutritional choices to improve well-being.
  • Understand the relationship between physical activity and both physical and mental health.
  • Experience the benefits of exercise in enhancing well-being.
  • Develop exercise plans to meet individual needs.
  • Address barriers to change and enhance motivation.
  • Improve self-care, health and lifestyle choices.
  • Develop mindfulness skills.
  • Reduce physical and emotional vulnerability.

Program Length and Times:

The program will run for 12 weeks on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00- 2:45pm. Attendance is required once weekly.

The program is an open group with intake occurring every five weeks.

The program is suitable for adults with Mood or Anxiety Disorders.

Content:
In a group setting, participants will predominantly explore the concepts of Positive Psychology, an approach that supports individuals to improve well-being and flourish. Core features of Positive Psychology include:

  • Positive Emotion: Exploring ways to create and enhance positive experience.
  • Engagement: Connecting with and being absorbed by the task at hand utilising strengths.
  • Relationships: Building and nurturing positive relationships.
  • Meaning: Belonging to and serving something bigger than the self.
  • Accomplishment: Achieving in life.

When:

The program runs for 12 weeks on each Monday 9:00am - 2:45pm. Attendance is required one day per week.


The program is an open group, accordingly patients can commence at any time within the 12 week cycle, numbers permitting.

Stage 1: Creating Safety

Who:
The program is suitable for individuals who have
experienced past or recent trauma/s.
Content:
The program is derived from a range of evidence-based
therapies, in particular Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy and
Mindfulness practices. Given the group therapy format,
exposure therapy is not incorporated. Instead the focus
of treatment is on the development of adaptive coping
strategies to enable individuals to better manage their current
experience, cope effectively with, and reduce the impact of
trauma related symptoms and improve overall well-being.
Within a group setting, participants are supported to:
• Understand trauma and the impact of trauma on body,
mind and social functioning.
• Understand safety and identify ways in which to create
that.
• Enhance self-care and reduce emotional vulnerability.
• Develop adaptive behavioural coping skills to manage
the symptoms of trauma, including:

  • Relaxation
  • Grounding techniques & Mindfulness Practices.
  • Emotion Regulation Skills.
  • Self-Soothing Strategies.
• Understand the link between thoughts, feelings
and behaviour, and learn strategies to manage
unhelpful thoughts.
When:
The program runs for 8 weeks on Mondays from 9:00am
– 2:45pm. The program is a closed group, with intake
occurring two times per year.


Stage 2: Managing Trauma
Who:
The program is suitable for individuals who have
experienced past or recent trauma/s and who have
completed Stage 1.
Content:
The program is derived from a range of evidence-based
therapies, in particular Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy and
Mindfulness practices. Given the group therapy format,
exposure therapy is not incorporated Instead, the focus of
Stage 2 is on addressing the more intensive and intrusive
reactions to trauma (such as flashbacks and dreams),
improving social connection and creating post-traumatic
growth. Within a group setting, participants are supported to:
• Understand rational vs. irrational Core Beliefs.
• Identify triggers and strategies to cope with those.
• Address avoidance behaviours.
• Learn what to do when re-experiencing trauma.
• Develop skills to manage intrusive reactions (such as
thoughts, memories, dreams).
• Create containment.
• Develop self-compassion.
• Create safe boundaries and assertion skills.
• Manage shame, guilt and loss.
• Attain post-traumatic growth.
• Address substance abuse if relevant.
When:
The program runs for 7 weeks on Mondays from 9:00am
– 2:45pm. The program is a closed group, with intake
occurring two times per year


Download:

Day program brochure booklet

Day program timetable

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