Specialised care for young adult patients struggling with significant and complex issues.
The Hills Clinic Private Hospital Young Adult Unit was established in 2011, to address the psychiatric needs of young adults. When the opportunity came about, it was clear that the group mostly needed their space were our young patients. We offer inpatient and day patient education programs tailored to our young patients.
The goals of the Young Adult Unit are to:
Facilitate a sense of safety and security. Our team will assist you with your safety goals and the development of a workable management plan. This is essential to our working unit and your inability to comply with this may mean that you are, at this stage, unable to work within our model of care
Assist and support you whilst working on past abuse and trauma issues
Encourage a sense of empowerment through the recognition and development of internal resources
Promote skill building which enables you to plan effectively for the future, enhance existing social and work functioning and deal constructively with daily functioning
There is a consistent emphasis in the program on approaches focused on personal responsibility, consideration of others and patients’ active involvement in their treatment.
Expectations regarding such issues are addressed prior to, and throughout admission.
Patients are asked to sign an agreement on admission which outlines both The Hills Clinic and the Young Adolescent Unit guidelines. Failure to adhere to these agreements and guidelines may result in discharge prior to completion of the program.
All patients are required to have a primary treating Therapist in the community, to continue ongoing care.
Our 21 day inpatient program encourages a more focused approach to your specific treatment goals. It has three essential components:
This group ensures a therapeutic environment with creative discussion and expression. Each week, patients are allocated to a group and a theme or topic will be discussed. Program topics may include:
Core beliefs, or how we see ourselves, other people, the world and the future
Consultations with Psychiatrists
You will be seen by your Psychiatrist at regular intervals during your inpatient stay. The frequency of these sessions will be individually negotiated between yourself and your Psychiatrist.
For interstate patients, it is important you understand that your allocated Psychiatrist will oversee your care as an inpatient only. They are not your primary Therapist.
Ours is a working unit and as such, we expect you to have realistic goals. If this is your first admission, your goal is to establish rapport with our clinical team and work within our model of care. Other goals may include developing safety strategies, working on a specific memory or learning coping skills. There is also a strong focus on developing and maintaining healthy boundaries and self-management. These skills will assist your transition from the unit to your home.
Young Adult Dialectical Behaviour Therapy
DBT Skills 12
This 12-week program is for people who experience symptoms of impulsivity, frequent interpersonal conflict, have difficulty regulating their emotions, anger or poor coping in stressful situations. It is based on the principles of Dialectical Behaviour Therapy.
This six-month program is for patients diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder and those who have intense, unstable moods, self-harm and unstable relationships. The program is skill-based to help patients tolerate intense feelings and learn to manage self-harming behaviours. Run by a multidisciplinary treatment team, the program and requires a strong commitment to therapy.