The Matrix Model program is delivered using an intensive outpatient approach. The initial phase consists of up to 20 weeks of regular and frequent contacts. The following 28 weeks provides skills training and social support. In the first 20 weeks, minimum contact of 3 sessions a week is required. The schedule will be determined between the participant and their assessing psychologist.
It is important the person in treatment keeps functioning in daily life. Therefore, emphasis will be on arranging appointments to fit within a participant’s work and family commitments. In some cases, especially in the early phase of treatment, the participant will be required to make a commitment to the program which is likely to interfere with some of his or her daily tasks.
Treatment consists of individual and group sessions. Any missed sessions will need to be “made up” in order to complete all the treatment goals. A participant’s time in the program can be extended, if he/she relapses or misses sessions. Relapses do not mean failure of the program. Relapses need to be discussed with the participants’ Psychologist and both the participant and Psychologist will determine if extended time in the program is necessary.
Once a participant has successfully completed the program, should they require it, they are always welcome to attend future group sessions at any time for a small fee per group session (rebates may be claimed through Medicare with a GP referral).