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Mindfulness-based Skills Group

The ACAP Psychology Clinic is currently recruiting participants for all groups.

Aim/Purpose

Mindfulness is an evidence-based approach that incorporates aspects of Eastern philosophy and Western psychology. This group incorporates a range of mindfulness meditations to help people cultivate improved focus, presence, and emotion regulation. The group program will support participants to develop a compassionate and curious stance to their internal thoughts and emotions, and ways of applying this to day-to-day challenges. Skills developed in this group can support management of anxiety and stress, and also offers useful skills for the general population to develop self-awareness, mental and emotional resilience. 

Participants and Group Membership

Eligible participants will also need to demonstrate:

  • Capacity to participate in a group setting
  • Commitment to attend 10 weekly sessions
  • Access to web browser on device with video and audio capacity

Participants will engage in an individual assessment prior to starting the group to ensure group treatment is matched to therapeutic needs. The group will have between 6 and 8 members.

Objectives

  • Learn about Mindfulness-based skills and meditation practice in a practical and applicable way.
  • Improve coping skills for difficult emotions and distressing thoughts, feelings and sensations.

Format and Interventions

When the group commences, membership will be closed and no new members will be admitted. The group is conducted via Telehealth in an interactive seminar format, with provision of information, discussion, skill development/feedback and homework practice.

Schedule and Location

The group runs for 10 consecutive weeks, for 2 hours each week at the ACAP Psychology Clinic. The next group will be delivered via TeleHealth.

Facilitators

Group will be facilitated by two Provisionally Registered Psychologists under the supervision of an endorsed Clinical Psychologist.

Costs to Participants

There is an enrolment fee of $50 covering the participant workbook, materials and refreshments payable at the time of enrolment. Group sessions are free of charge.

Please note: In response to impact of COVID-19, the Clinic is currently waiving the cost of treatment for referrals accepted before the 1st of November 2020. 

Referral Procedure

If you are interested in joining the group, you can contact us directly. We also accept referrals from doctors or agencies. To find out more, contact the ACAP Psychology Clinic on 02 8236 8070, or email psychclinic@clinic.acap.edu.au.

Evaluation

The Mindfulness Therapy Group will be evaluated through individual clinical interviews; self-report questionnaires; feedback on the group content and presentation.

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