What kinds of treatments are available through Spectrum?
We offer various forms of treatment including:
- Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)
- Mentalization Based Treatment (MBT)
- Psychoanalytic Clinic (PAC)
- Complex Care Service (CCS)
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
To address the gap in service provision for primary care clients, we have developed treatments such as the Brief Intensive Group Program for people engaged with Community Mental Health Support Services. In future we plan to offer this treatment and education program to other Victorian services in the Primary Care Network.
All referrals for Spectrum treatment require an assessment by Spectrum clinicians. To be placed on the wait list for assessment, a referral from your GP or Mental Health Service clinician is required. For further information, contact our Intake Service staff on (03) 8413 8750 during normal office hours.
What does a Spectrum assessment involve?
For individuals completing a full Spectrum assessment, this in-depth process takes place across several face-to-face appointments occurring over a period of several weeks. The assessment is focused on reaching a comprehensive understanding of the person’s current difficulties, their personal history, the things they would like to work on, and any risk concerns that they or others might hold. The assessment also includes the completion of a variety of self-report questionnaires.
After the assessment process has been completed, the individual is invited to return for a feedback session where the assessment outcomes and recommendations are discussed and their feedback is sought. A Spectrum assessment does not always lead to an offer of treatment with Spectrum. In these cases we offer recommendations for alternative treatment or support options.
Shorter assessments can also occur through our Medicare Assessment Clinic, our Brief Intensive Group Treatment Program, or on request for psychiatric second opinion via our Intake Service.