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 Program is a Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) based program and designed for individuals impacted by anxiety and depression. Participants can enter the program directly after leaving hospital or be referred through their Community Psychiatrist.

The Anxiety & Depression Day Program covers a diverse range of group content that is published below in the ‘Session Calendar’. From the session calendar, participants are able to choose the groups most applicable to them and their specific condition.

The Program is structured as a Full Day Program from 9:30am – 3:00 pm with daily sessions including mindfulness, interpersonal therapy and psycho-education as core-components.


Developing skills in mindfulness practice as well as formal practice around building openness, awareness and focus to the present moment. Mindfulness can help increase self-awareness, help to experience difficult thoughts and feelings and develop self-acceptance and self-compassion.

Interpersonal Group Therapy

An opportunity to learn and explore interpersonal patterns, receive and provide feedback around the issues related to anxiety and depression such as avoidance, motivation and communication. Facilitator led Interpersonal therapy provides a group dynamic that accelerates self-awareness using a safe and affirming process. This process will help the individual develop the skills to make positive changes to their interpersonal behaviours.


A number of different Psycho-Educational modules are offered each month and are listed on the Session Calendar.


9:30am- 10:15am: Mindfulness

10:25am- 11:55am: Psycho Education (Session 1)

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

1:10pm- 1:30pm: BREAK

1:30pm- 3:00pm: Psycho Education (Session 2)

Session Calendar

3rd June

Session one will focus on using SMART goals to as a tool to help improve mood and quality of life.

Session two will focus on how to work on attention training with a foundation of mindfulness to improve symptoms of anxiety and depression.

17th June

Session one will use creative arts to determine what anxiety and depression looks like for you.

Session two will focus on the foundational skills of mindfulness.

24th June

Session one will focus on a foundational understanding of what Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is.

Session two will focus on understanding thoughts and emotions and how to differentiate them.

1st July

Session one will focus on challenging unhelpful thoughts.

Session two will focus on developing coping statements and further exploration on distinguishing emotions.

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) is a well-established treatment designed to stabilise a range of symptoms which might include emotion dys-regulation, relationship difficulties, or high levels of distress. Participants are required to have completed the Emotion Management Day Program prior to entry into DBT.


DBT Skills Training

This program aims to help people regulate their emotions and disengage from dangerous and therapeutic interfering behaviours through Group Skills Training. Groups are half day sessions and run for 3 and a half hours weekly for 14 weeks. Three 14 week modules are delivered over a 12 month period and cover the following content:

  • Module 1 Distress Tolerance
  • Module 2 Interpersonal Effectiveness
  • Module 3 Emotion Regulation

Weekly Individual Therapy

Participants meet weekly with a trained DBT Therapist for a 60 min structured Individual Session that is supportive, reinforces skills work and builds motivation.

Skills Groups and Individual Session times are available on a variety of days and at different times. Skills phone coaching is also available as required between 8:30am - 4:00pm Monday to Friday.

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 “Emotion Management Day Program” is designed to offer skills to help people manage distress more effectively. Strategies introduced include mindfulness, grounding, self-soothing, and self-compassion skills. Groups are half day sessions and run for 3 and a half hours weekly for 10 weeks.

The Emotion Management Day Program also provides the initial safety and stabilisation skills required for ongoing Trauma Therapy. If clinically indicated, participants are able to continue with a variety of Trauma, DBT or other therapy groups.

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.

Multiple programs run each quarter which enable participants to select from different days and times ranging from 9:30, 1pm or 5pm STARTS.

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 having experienced difficult circumstances or painful traumatic experiences in their past. The STAR program is informed by evidence-based treatments and provides skills training and an opportunity to process traumatic experiences. Participatnts are required to have completed the Emotion Management Day Program prior to entry into STAR.


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

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

STAR Skills Training

12 month program delivered in three 14 week modules.

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

Weekly Individual Therapy

Clients meet weekly with a trained Trauma Therapist for a 60 min structured Individual Session that is supportive and allows an opportunity for participants to process traumatic experiences. Individual Session times are available on a variety of days and at different times.

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