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Treatment Courses

Treatment Courses used at the MindSpot Clinic were developed and tested at the eCentreClinic, Macquarie University, Sydney, in clinical trials with people from all around Australia.

Each course contains easy to read information, practical skills, and stories about how other people have learned to overcome their symptoms. These courses are based on well-tested principles of Cognitive and Behavioural Therapy (CBT). CBT involves teaching people to recognise their cycles of symptoms of anxiety and depression, and what triggers symptoms. CBT also involves teaching practical skills that can help people overcome symptoms and get on with their lives.

Wellbeing course

Wellbeing Course

Designed to help adults aged 26 - 65 years learn to manage symptoms of depression (including low mood) and anxiety (stress, worry, panic, social anxiety).

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Introduction

The Wellbeing Course delivers five lessons over eight weeks. You can choose to receive weekly therapist support during the course, or you can choose to contact us when you need to. The course aims to help people break unhelpful habits and learn the following core psychological skills:

  • How to recognise and break Cycles of Symptoms.
  • How to recognise and challenge destructive thoughts and beliefs.
  • How to recognise and manage physical symptoms of panic and exhaustion.
  • How to gain confidence by learning to safely confront things you are afraid of/are avoiding.
  • Stories of how people from all across Australia have recovered.
  • How to stay well once the course has finished.

Results

  • > 5,000 people have used this course at the MindSpot Clinic.
  • Most people (95%) say they would recommend the course.
  • Symptoms of depression and anxiety reduce by 40% - 50% (average).
  • The Wellbeing Course has been trialled at the eCentreClinic in five randomised controlled trials with > 1,000 people, with excellent results.

Our Comments

  • The Wellbeing Course is suitable for people who have mild to severe symptoms. If you have very severe symptoms we strongly recommend you see a GP and a Psychologist and/or Psychiatrist for assessment and treatment.
  • People who read at least three of the five lessons are likely to make good improvements.
  • The Wellbeing Course is very helpful for people with OCD or PTSD, who also have symptoms of anxiety or depression.
  • People aged 18-25 may want to do the Mood Mechanic Course.
  • People aged 60+ may want to do the Wellbeing Plus Course.
Development of the Wellbeing Course was funded by a Project Grant from the NHMRC. This course was written by Prof Nick Titov and Dr Blake Dear.

Indigenous Wellbeing course

Indigenous Wellbeing Course

Designed to help Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island adults aged 18+ years learn to manage symptoms of depression (including low mood) and anxiety (stress, worry, panic, social anxiety).

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Introduction

The Indigenous Wellbeing Course delivers five lessons over eight weeks. You can choose to receive weekly therapist support during the course, or you can choose to contact us when you need to. The course teaches the following key psychological skills to help people recover:

  • How to recognise and break Cycles of Symptoms.
  • How to recognise and challenge destructive thoughts and beliefs.
  • How to recognise and manage physical symptoms of panic and exhaustion.
  • How to gain confidence by learning to safely confront things you are afraid of/are avoiding.
  • Stories of how other Indigenous Australians have recovered.
  • How to stay well once the course has finished.

Results

  • > 200 Indigenous people from across Australia have used the Wellbeing Course and the Indigenous Wellbeing Course.
  • Feedback is very positive, with most people (95%) saying they would recommend the course.
  • Symptoms of depression and anxiety reduce by 40% - 50% (average).

Our Comments

  • This course aims to teach practical psychological skills, in a culturally respectful way.
  • The stories and images are powerful, and have been created and provided by Indigenous Australians for Indigenous Australians.
  • People with very severe symptoms are encouraged to see a GP and a Psychologist, an Indigenous Mental Health Worker, and/or Psychiatrist for assessment and treatment.

Development of the Indigenous Wellbeing Course was partly funded by a Project Grant from the NHMRC. We acknowledge the support of many people and groups, including Warawara, Macquarie University, in developing this course. This course was modified by Carlie Schofield, a Yuin woman from the south coast of NSW.

mood mechanic course

Mood Mechanic Course

Designed to help adults aged 18-25 years learn to manage symptoms of depression (including low mood) and anxiety (stress, worry, panic, social anxiety).

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Introduction

This course delivers five lessons over eight weeks. You can choose to receive weekly therapist support during the course, or you can choose to contact us when you need to. The course aims to help people learn to break unhelpful habits and learn to overcome symptoms. It teaches the following core psychological skills:

  • How to recognise and break Cycles of Symptoms.
  • How to recognise and challenge destructive thoughts and beliefs.
  • How to recognise and manage physical symptoms of panic and exhaustion.
  • How to gain confidence by learning to safely confront things you are afraid of/are avoiding.
  • Stories of how people from all across Australia have recovered.
  • How to stay well once the course has finished.

Other Evidence

  • Versions of the Mood Mechanic Course were trialled at the eCentreClinic in clinical trials with > 200 people. The results of these trials were strong, and were sustained at least 3-months after the course finished.
  • Symptoms of anxiety and depression reduce by 45% - 55% on average.
  • 95% of people say they would recommend the course.

Our Comments

  • This course is suitable for people who have mild to severe symptoms.
  • However, if you have very severe symptoms we strongly recommend you see a GP, a Psychologist, a headspace centre, and/or Psychiatrist for assessment and treatment.
  • People say that the stories in the course are particularly helpful.

Development of the Mood Mechanic Course was funded by a Grant from beyondblue. This course was written by Dr Blake Dear, Dr Luke Johnston, and Prof Nick Titov.

Wellbeing plus course

Wellbeing Plus Course

Designed to help adults aged 60+ years learn to manage symptoms of depression (including low mood) and anxiety (stress, worry, panic, social anxiety).

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Introduction

This course delivers five lessons over eight weeks. You can choose to receive weekly therapist support during the course, or you can choose to contact us when you need to. The course aims to help people break unhelpful habits and learn the following core psychological skills:

  • How to recognise and break Cycles of Symptoms.
  • How to recognise and challenge destructive thoughts and beliefs.
  • How to recognise and manage physical symptoms of panic and exhaustion.
  • How to gain confidence by learning to safely confront things you are afraid of/are avoiding.
  • Stories of how people from all across Australia have recovered.
  • How to stay well once the course has finished.

Results

  • > 600 people from across Australia have used this course at the MindSpot Clinic.
  • Most people (95%) say they would recommend the course.
  • Symptoms of depression and anxiety reduce by 52% (average).
  • Versions of the Wellbeing Plus Course were trialled at the eCentreClinic in three randomised controlled trials with > 500 people, with excellent results.

Our Comments

  • Many people tell us they wish they had done this course when they were younger.
  • This course is suitable for people who have mild to severe symptoms. However, if you have very severe symptoms we strongly recommend you see a GP and a Psychologist and/or Psychiatrist for assessment and treatment.
  • People say that the stories in the course are particularly helpful.

Development of the Wellbeing Plus Course was funded by a Grant from beyondblue. This course was written by Prof Nick Titov and Dr Blake Dear.

Ocd course

OCD Course

Designed to help adults aged 18+ years learn to manage obsessions and/or compulsions.

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Introduction

The OCD Course delivers six lessons over eight weeks. The course aims to help people learn practical strategies for managing symptoms of OCD including:

  • How to recognise and break Cycles of Symptoms.
  • How to recognise and challenge destructive thoughts and beliefs.
  • How to use exposure with response prevention to overcome compulsions.
  • Stories of how people from all across Australia have recovered.
  • How to stay well once the course has finished.

Results

  • > 100 people have used this course at the MindSpot Clinic.
  • 90% say they would recommend the course.
  • On average, symptoms of OCD reduce by 24%, symptoms of depression reduce by 14%, and symptoms of anxiety reduce by 29%.
  • Versions of this course have been trialled at the eCentreClinic in one randomised controlled trial and three open trials with > 100 people, with good results.

Our Comments

  • This course is well suited to people with mild to moderate OCD.
  • People with severe OCD are strongly encouraged to see a GP and a Psychologist for assessment and treatment.
  • People who have symptoms of OCD and symptoms of depression or anxiety tell us that they find the Wellbeing Course can also be very helpful.
This course was written by Dr Bethany Wootton, Dr Blake Dear, and Prof Nick Titov.

PTSD Course

PTSD Course

Designed to help adults aged 18+ years who have ongoing distress related to a past trauma(s), learn to overcome their symptoms.

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Introduction

The PTSD Course delivers four lessons over eight weeks. The course aims to help people learn to teach practical strategies for managing symptoms of PTSD including:

  • How to recognise and break Cycles of Symptoms.
  • How to recognise and challenge destructive thoughts and beliefs, which may have changed because of the trauma(s).
  • How to control the physical symptoms of PTSD, as well as how to reduce symptoms like flashbacks, nightmares, and feelings of panic.
  • Stories of how people from all across Australia have recovered.
  • How to stay well once the course has finished.

Results

  • > 150 people have used this course at the MindSpot Clinic.
  • 96% say they would recommend the course.
  • On average, symptoms of PTSD reduce by 25%, symptoms of depression reduce by 30%, and symptoms of anxiety reduce by 21%.
  • Versions of this course have been trialled at the eCentreClinic in one randomised controlled trial with strong results.

Our Comments

  • This course is well suited to people with mild to moderate PTSD.
  • People with severe PTSD are strongly encouraged to see a GP and a Psychologist and/or Psychiatrist for assessment and treatment.
  • People who have symptoms of PTSD as well as symptoms of depression or anxiety often find that the Wellbeing Course can also be very helpful.
This course was written by Dr Jay Spence, Dr Blake Dear, and Prof Nick Titov.

Course Overview