Day Programs & Outreach

Albert Road Clinic offers a wide range of day programs and outreach for people requiring support for mental health conditions.

Day Programs are structured, therapeutic group sessions – think of it as ‘group therapy’. We have a diverse range of day programs on offer, each tailored to address the specific needs of the people we care for. Run once or twice a week, over a period of weeks or months, you’ll work with our expert therapists on building life skills, managing symptoms and preventing relapse. Depending on your program, you may also receive individual therapy sessions as part of your therapy.

You can read more about the specific Day Programs on offer at Albert Road Clinic below

You can download the full Albert Road Clinic Day Program Timetable here

Outreach is community-based care involving individualised treatment plans for adults or seniors delivered in your home. Sometimes, outreach will be provided via telehealth – like during period of lockdown because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Outreach is ideal for people who need short-term support after a stay at Albert Road Clinic, for people who are waiting to begin a day program or who need longer-term support.

How to access Day Programs & Outreach

To access Day Programs or Outreach at Albert Road Clinic, you’ll need a referral from your GP, psychologist or psychiatrist. Learn more

Before you get started in a Day Program, you’ll also meet with our assessment team to discuss your goals for recovery, so that we can ensure our programs will meet your needs.

For all enquiries about accessing services at Albert Road Clinic please call 03 9256 8311.

Browse our Day Programs

For Adolescents (14–18years)

Adolescent Day Program (ARCH)

  • Aims to help young people who have trouble engaging effectively in their lives.
  • We combine life skills, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) to support you as you transition back to your studies, work or social activities.
  • We address topics like managing stressful and distressing situations, regulating mood and emotions, building your sense of self, interacting with others, problem solving, building resistance and relapse prevention.

LEAF

  • Aims to help young people to transition from hospital to the community and on-going support while attending school.
  • We use a variety of approaches to help you build life skills, including Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), Supportive Psychotherapy and Art Therapy.

For Adults (18 years or older)

Staying Connected

  • Aims to assist people with ongoing mental health issues who have trouble implementing life skills.
  • We provide a supportive environment, where you can develop strategies and skills to increase your independence in the community and enhance your quality of life.

Over 50’s Wellbeing

  • Designed for people who could benefit from on-going skill building to optimise their mental health recovery and general wellbeing.
  • We use a combination of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), psychoeducation, supportive psychotherapy and physical movement training to help you maximise your daily functioning.

Introduction to Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (Level 1)

  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) focuses on helping people learn new skills and ways to manage their emotions. It involves education on mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation and interpersonal effectiveness.
  • This program aims to help you become comfortable with the concept of group therapy and prepares you for more intensive DBT in Level 2 of the program.

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (Level 2)

  • A highly structured program that teaches people about mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation and interpersonal effectiveness.
  • The program requires you to attend group therapy one day a week for 36 weeks, to commitment to ongoing individual therapy and to practice the skills you’ve learned.

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy is centred on learning how to live a meaningful life despite symptoms, rather than trying to “get rid of” symptoms.
  • This program will help you to clarify what is most important and meaningful to you. You’ll use these values to drive your actions, acceptance and mindfulness skills so that thoughts, and feelings have less impact on you.

Managing Mood

  • Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is a newer form of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) that incorporates meditation, breathing exercises and other elements of mindfulness into therapy.
  • This program aims to help you gain a better understanding and awareness of your thoughts and emotions, so that you can control how you respond to them.

Focus on recovery (abstinence-based)

  • Aims to help people cease their dependence on/and abuse of alcohol and/or drug use.
  • We combine education, skills training, group psychotherapy, coping skills, mindfulness and relaxation to support you in your abstinence-based recovery.

Taking control

  • Designed for people currently have or have recently had alcohol and/ or drug misuse issues and want to make changes to their use, to control, reduce and/or abstain from use.
  • We use a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) model, including motivational interviewing and skill-building to support you on your road to recovery.

Maintaining the balance (Addictions relapse prevention)

  • Aims to provide ongoing support to people who have made positive changes to their drug and alcohol dependence, and who wish to minimise risk of future lapse and prevent relapse.

Transitions

  • Aims to provide people with ongoing support as they build skills to manage distress, build and maintain structure in their lives and develop a balanced weekly routine.
  • We use a combination of psychoeducation and self-psychology models to help you to better understand where your challenging behaviours, thoughts and feelings come from.
  • This program can serve as an introduction to some of the longer-term Day Programs, such as Managing Mood, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy and the Addiction and Harm recovery programs.

Skill Building

  • Aims to maximise your ability to achieve a full and meaningful life through support for mental health recovery, general wellbeing and functioning.
  • We combine principles from Well-being Theory and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) through group psychotherapy, skill building, physical movement and community engagement support (including community outings).

For Seniors (65 years and older)

Seniors

  • Designed for older people who would benefit from on-going or interim support for a mental health condition.
  • Aims to support you to manage your condition and maintain an optimal level of health and independence.
  • We combine several approaches including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT): reminiscence therapy, supportive psychotherapy, socialisation, psychoeducation and gentle physical movement (yoga).