Group Programs


RAP for Parents

The Resourceful Adolescent Program for Parents (RAP-P) is designed for parents of adolescents. It has been found to work particularly well for parents of 11-15 year olds. RAP-P involves three parent sessions. Each session is two hours duration.

About the Program

The quality of the parent-adolescent relationships, and the presence of family conflict are reliable predictors of adolescent depression. Alternatively, strong parental attachments and expressions of warmth and caring have been found to buffer adolescents from depression.

The RAP Parent program (RAP-P) was developed to help parents promote the optimal family environment for healthy adolescent development.

RAP-P aims to help parents boost their own self esteem and the self-esteem of their adolescents. RAP-P also helps parents to manage their negative emotional overreactions to their adolescents and their adolescents’ emotional overreactions to them.

The Resourceful Adolescent Program for Parents involves three parent sessions generally held in the evenings. Each session is approximately two hours duration.

Program Outline

Session 1 – Parent’s are people too!

In this session parents are encouraged to focus on their existing strengths, and to recognise their contribution to their adolescent’s wellbeing. This session also helps parents identify the impact of stress on effective parenting and ways to manage stress.

Session 2 – What makes adolescents tick?

Parents are encouraged to consider the specific needs of adolescents. The group discuss adolescent development and role transitions pertinent to this age group (e.g., the dilemma of balancing the need for nurturance and protectiveness, with the desire for growing independence). Specific techniques to help parents bolster an adolescent’s self-esteem are also covered.

Session 3 – Promoting Family Harmony

In this session parents focus on the process of promoting harmonious family relationships. Specific techniques and different family interactions are explored to help parents strengthen their emotional closeness with their adolescents.

How to Register

RAP-P workshops are held at both The Gap and Stafford several times a year.

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Circle of Security for Parents

The Circle of Security program is a registered program based on decades of research about how secure parent-child relationships can be supported and strengthened. It has been designed for parents of children aged between 0-5. Expecting parents and those working with young families are also welcome to register. The Circle of Security involves eight session that aim to help parents understand their child’s emotional needs.

Program Outline

Session 1 – Welcome
Session 2 – Exploring our children’s needs all the way around the circle
Session 3 – “Being With” on the circle
Session 4 – Being with infants on the circle
Session 5 – The path to security
Session 6 – Exploring our struggles
Session 7 – Rupture and repair in relationships
Session 8 – Summary and celebration

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Exploring Relaxation – A Mindfulness Stress Management Program

The evidence-based techniques explored in this six-week course have been identified as useful in the treatment of stress and anxiety. Participants will explore a number of techniques so that they have an opportunity to discover what works best for them. Some of the topics explored include:

  • Breath work;
  • Visualisation;
  • Mindfulness meditation;
  • Progressive muscle relaxation.
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Social Fitness – A program for social anxiety, the extremely shy and adults with ASD

This is a 12 week program for individuals wanting to learn skills to approach social situations with more confidence. It is based on the principles of cognitive behavioural therapy and acceptance and commitment therapy. This small group program covers the following topics:

  • Understanding anxiety in social contexts;
  • Social skills training (including role plays);
  • Changing thinking and belief patterns that keep us stuck;
  • Dealing with social problems including severe nervousness;
  • Goal setting;
  • Experimenting with new skills;
  • Self-acceptance and planning for the future.

The program is suited to adults 17 years and over.

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The Body Project

The Body Project is a four-session group program that aims to help young women, aged 14-17 years, feel better about their bodies. The program has been found to improve body satisfaction, reduce the risk of eating disorders and improve school and social functioning in young women. A series of homework exercises are set at the end of each session so that skills can be explored and reviewed.

Session One

Psycho-education covering the thin-ideal – In this session participants explore the costs of pursuing this ideal.

Session Two

Participants engage in role-plays to challenge common ideas, beliefs and misconceptions of the thin-ideal.

Session Three

Concerns about body image and reasons for participating in the group are explored. Participants also learn to use quick comebacks to derail unhelpful statements.

Session Four

Participants are encouraged to write a letter to their younger selves. They are also encouraged to participate in discussions about body image within the group setting and how to promote positive self-talk about the body.

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Drug and Alcohol Treatment Program

This is a 10 week program for individuals who want to change their drug and alcohol habits.

Based on the principles of cognitive behavioural therapy this small group program covers the following topics:

  • Understanding the costs associated with using drugs or alcohol;
  • Improving motivation to make the change;
  • Discovering the triggers to using drugs and alcohol;
  • Changing thinking and belief patterns that keep us stuck;
  • Dealing with urges and cravings;
  • Goal setting;
  • Problem solving and relapse prevention;
  • Self-acceptance and planning for the future.

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Return to Work Program

This 12-session program is designed to assist people having difficulty returning to the workplace. Participants learn a range of practical skills to help market themselves and their abilities as well as strategies to cope with the anxiety often associated with unemployment.

The program is ideal for people returning to work after an extended absence or injury. It may also benefit those attempting to recover from workplace trauma or other psychological injury including redundancy and dismissal or anyone struggling with career advancement or change.

Topics covered in the program include:

  • How to present professionally for interviews;
  • Writing a professional resume;
  • Communicating professionally over the phone;
  • How to access the hidden job market by being able to leverage personal and professional networks;
  • Develop skills in self-awareness to better navigate workplace relationships;
  • Relaxation techniques to manage performance anxiety and the job interview;
  • How to negotiate suitable employment conditions.
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Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) Group Program for Anxiety and Depression

ACT is an active therapy that involves clarifying what is most important in our lives and acting in line with these values.

The goal of this program is to help individuals develop effective ways of interacting with their thoughts and feelings in a manner that improves their overall wellbeing.

The program runs for four weekly sessions with two follow-up sessions three months later. It is suitable for adults of all ages.

The program content includes:

  • An overview of the ACT framework and how it works in the real world;
  • Development and practice of mindfulness skills;
  • Exploration of personal values and the application of value-based actions.
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