Group Treatments

Group treatment may be a useful format to help you to achieve your goals.

SALTIE’s group programs are open to existing (or re-engaging) clients of our clinic who are currently undertaking individual counselling with one of our practitioners.

Wellbeing Walks

Going for a walk in nature is an important approach to improved health and wellbeing. 

SALTIE recognises the value of this connection with nature and is providing a program to experience the established benefits of movement, green space, morning sunlight, and social connectedness.  

Date: Monday 17 June 2024

          Monday 15 July 2024

          Monday 26 August 2024 

          Monday 23 September 2024

          Monday 21 October 2024

          Monday 18 November 2024  

Time: 9:30am start, with arrival from 9:20am.

Length: 1 to 1.5 hours.

Cost: No cost.

Venue: Gresswell Forest, Bundoora.

Participants: Existing (or re-engaging) clients of SALTIE Clinic.

Group size: Small group of 6 participants.

Facilitators: Anthony Stasiak.

Anthony has a natural resource management, emergency services, and more recently an outdoor education background.  Anthony’s desire to support individuals to experience nature in a positive way for their own personal growth and well-being, is born out of his own acknowledgement that the outdoors is his balance.  From short walks through to expeditions, his passion for nature is infectious.  

Drumming for Mental Health

Drumming is a highly engaging activity. For people experiencing social isolation and mental illness, the program is expected to rapidly build social connectedness and improve well-being. The program is collaborative, challenging and enjoyable. Participants drum together with the facilitators in weekly 1 hour sessions, with the option of participating in a  performance recording in the final week. No prior musical experience is necessary and instruments are provided. The program is built on solid psychological and neuro-cognitive research. The program combines cutting edge clinical psychology and neuroscience research with community music.

Date: Next program date to be advised.

Time: 9:30am start, with arrival from 9:20am.

Length: 1 hour per session.

Cost: No out of pocket payment for existing SALTIE clients with a valid ADF / DVA referral.

Venue: SALTIE Clinic.

Participants: ADF members and veterans (our future programs will be open to other clients).

Group size: Small group of 6 participants.

Facilitators: Dr Alison Griffiths and Dr James Richmond.

James is a clinical psychologist, trained percussionist and experienced music educator, whose PhD examined the psycho-social benefits of rhythmic drumming. He has conducted drumming programs at Austin Health with war veterans and first- responders experiencing PTSD. James has also worked with survivors of sexual abuse, people experiencing homelessness and socially isolated international students. James’ professional background work within both the Northern and Austin public mental health catchments.

Alison is a clinical and forensic psychologist with an interest in supporting people who have experienced trauma and / or mood disorders. Her interest is in both talk-based therapies and more experience-based methods.
With a life-long love of music, Alison became interested in the use of rhythm as part of trauma treatment via James’ work. Having recently tracked James down after a half decade hunt, Alison has invited James to co-facilitate SALTIE’s first drumming group.

Other group programs will also commence in 2024.

Register your interest with us if you would like us to keep you updated.