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.
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.
Start Date: Wednesday 18 October 2023.
End Date: This program runs most Wednesdays through to 20 December 2023, a total of 8 sessions.
Time: 9:30am start, with arrival from 9:20am.
Length: 1 hour
Cost: No out of pocket payment for existing SALTIE clients with a valid ADF / DVA referral.
Venue: SALTIE Clinic, Billabong Room.
Participants: ADF members and veterans (our 2024 programs will be open to other clients).
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.
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.