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Trials of new therapies

Are you interested in the latest approaches to help people who have experienced psychosis, hearing voices, bipolar disorder or schizophrenia?  View our current research trials run by our team of international experts at Swinburne.

This page provides a summary for quick reference only. Please follow the links to get full details of each project.

Trauma-focussed psychological intervention for voices

Help us explore the use of trauma-focussed psychological interventions for voice hearing.

Who for: Adults who currently hear voices that may be related to a past traumatic event.

What: Six one-to-one sessions of a trauma-focussed psychological intervention called ‘imaginal exposure’ with a Clinical Psychologist. Imaginal exposure involves talking through past traumatic events in order to process the emotion and meaning of the events and reduce their impact in the present day. Participants will also complete three assessment sessions and 12 days of monitoring using a smart phone app.

More information about Trauma-focussed psychological intervention for voices

Where:
St Kilda Road
When:
Recruiting until late 2019.
More details:
Interested?
To find out more, please contact Rachel Brand on 03 9214 4840, or email rbrand@swin.edu.au.

Cognitive training

“Brain training” auditory and visual computer tasks to improve thinking skills.

Who for: Adults with a diagnosis of schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder.

What: All participants receive a course of cognitive training (aka cognitive remediation therapy), which involves doing fun and engaging “brain training” auditory and visual computer tasks in a group setting (attending at least one 60-minute session per week, for a minimum of 24 sessions).

More information about Cognitive training

Where:
Either Swinburne University of Technology in Hawthorn or on St Kilda Road.
When:
Recruiting until end November 2016.
Assessments:
There will be a total of four assessment sessions at points before, during and after the cognitive training. Participants will be asked to give a blood sample at the first assessment..
Why:
This is a postgraduate student project which will help us to understand what makes cognitive training more or less effective, which we hope will lead to improvements in this treatment.
More details:
Interested?
To find out more, please contact Maree Reser on 03 9214 3604, 0451 169 656, or email crtprogram@gmail.com.

SMART: introducing technology into mental health care

Help us explore the therapeutic use of digital technologies in mental health services.

Who for: Adults with a diagnosis of schizophrenia, and/or past mental health service treatment for psychosis, hearing voices, psychosis or paranoia.

What: Eight one-to-one sessions with a mental health worker on top of usual care. Participants receive one of two conditions (randomly assigned) which test ways of using an iPad in face-to-face interactions. One will be a social interaction based intervention. The other will involve using a new website to discuss mental health recovery.

More information about SMART

Where:
Sessions can be held at most mental health services in Melbourne, or at Swinburne University of Technology in Hawthorn or on St Kilda Road.
When:
Recruiting until mid 2016.
Assessments:
Participants will complete four assessment interviews over nine months.
Why:
This research will help us to understand how digital technologies can be used therapeutically in mental health services, which we hope will lead to improvements in service delivery in Victoria, and inform changes worldwide.
More details:
Interested?
To find out more, please contact Fiona Foley on 03 9214 5304 or Kristi-Ann Villagonzalo on 03 9214 5864, or email smartonline@swin.edu.au.

Mindfulness for voices

A four-week course in mindfulness designed for people who hear voices.

Who for: Adults who currently hear voices and have a diagnosis of schizophrenia

What: A four-week course in applying mindfulness to the experience of hearing voices, including weekly one-to-one sessions, and guided exercises for home practice.

More information about Mindfulness for voices

Where:
St Kilda Road and Swinburne University of Technology in Hawthorn.
When:
Recruiting until mid 2016.
Assessments:
There will be a total of four assessments, held before and after the intervention. These will include interviews and attention tasks.
Why:
This research will help us to understand how mindfulness can be used with hearing voices and how it works.
More details:
Interested?
To find out more, please contact Stephanie Louise on 03 9214 4777 or slouise@swin.edu.au.

Voices Clinic

Access one of the world’s small number of specialist services for people who hear voices.

Who for: Adults who hear voices or have hallucinatory experiences, any diagnosis

What: Specialist consultation on therapies and self-management options, and access to current best practice psychological intervention for voices and hallucinations, plus research trials of new interventions

More information about Voices Clinic

Where:
St Kilda Road
When:
Offered as an ongoing service
Why:
The clinic is run as a pro bono service, and participation in research is not required. We run the clinic to provide training for clinical psychologists and to assist with our research.
More details:
Interested?
To find out more, please contact Neil Thomas on 03 9076 6564 or mail@voicesclinic.com.au.