Authors: Jan Kilicaslan and Adrian Griffin, VIC
Event: 2015 TheMHS Conference
Subject: 2015 Conference Book of Proceedings, Youth Early Psychosis Program (hYEPP), mobile outreach program Alfred Health and headspace National Youth Mental Health Foundation. headspace Mobile Assessment and Treatment Team (MATT)
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: The headspace Mobile Assessment and Treatment Team (MATT) is a joint collaboration between Alfred Health and headspace National Youth Mental Health Foundation. This mobile outreach program provides acute crisis intervention as well as longer term mental health support for young people who are either at risk of developing, or are currently experiencing Early Onset Psychosis. The multidisciplinary MAT team, which operates under the headspace Youth Early Psychosis Program (hYEPP), delivers clinical support to clients and their families living in the South Eastern suburbs of Victoria. From its establishment in February 2015, the Program has adopted the principles of two therapeutic models to inform the clinical practices within the team; these being the Open Dialogue Approach (ODA), and Single Session Family Therapy (SSFT). Both models are orientated towards transparent communication and client centred, family inclusive practice. We have utilised aspects of both frameworks to help shape our culture with respect to client contact, as well as to incorporate specific practices when working with families as a whole. The MAT team has received training in these models and has formulated a strategy to merge these approaches to inform and complement our work. The ongoing objective is to continue to develop and refine the manner in which our Team implements Open Dialogue and Single Session Family Therapy as a part of our service delivery.