Introduction to Schema Modes 

What is a schema?

A schema is an extremely stable, enduring set of beliefs that develop during childhood and adolescence. These schemas influence how we see the world and provide a template for, not only a sense of self, but how we view others. They can therefore influence the way that we interact with others. Our schemas act as an emotional button. When activated we can experience emotions that are painful and distressing. As a consequence of our early schemas, we may engage in coping behaviours that are no longer useful for where we currently are in our lives.

What is complex trauma?

Complex trauma is a condition that develops from traumatic experiences in childhood and/or adolescence. These traumatic experiences may be due to physical, sexual or emotional abuse, neglect or experiences of emotional deprivation and attachment injury. As these experiences occur at a time when a person is young and vulnerable, they can have life-long lasting effects including emotional and interpersonal difficulties. These difficulties are often reinforced and maintained by trauma-related schemas arising from early experiences.

Who is the program for?

The program is a specialised treatment program for patients who have experienced complex trauma resulting in significant emotional and interpersonal difficulties. 

How will it help me?

This program aims to support participants to develop an understanding of their emotional states (modes) that accompany schema activation; and to cultivate healthier relationship with these states to foster healing.

When does it run?

The program runs for 6-weeks and is offered one day per week from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm.

How much does it cost?

All referrals are subject to a health fund check prior to admission or commencing a program and prior approval is sought for compensable for Workcover, TAC and Department of Veterans’ affairs (DVA) patients.

Our Patient Services Staff will be pleased to answer any questions you may have in relation to cost. Please call us on 03 9526 0295 to discuss your options 

Our Day Program Administration Officer will do a health fund check and give you feedback on whether your cover includes day program and whether there are any out of pocket expenses.

How do I access the program?

Admission to a Day Program requires a referral from a psychiatrist accredited with The Victoria Clinic. If you do not have a psychiatrist, we can arrange this for you. 

A referral from your GP requesting an initial consultation with one of our Psychiatrists could be your first step. 

Click here to view our Specialist Directory and referral process.

During your admission: 

You will be required to have regular reviews with your psychiatrist whilst attending the day program.

More information

Please click HERE to download the brochure.

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