Therapeutic Activity and Discussion Programme

What is this?

It is a programme of groups and activities which take place in the Jonathan Swift Clinic; groups are facilitated by Occupational Therapists, Psychologists, Nurses, Social Workers and other members of your team.   This programme aims to provide the opportunity for you engage in activities and discussions that may be useful in your recovery.

It includes activities such as task groups, relaxation, pottery, art and craft and aromatherapy. Discussion groups focus on subjects such as Wellness and Recovery and Preparation for Discharge. 

Who can attend the therapeutic activity and discussion programme?

Therapeutic activity and discussion groups are open to all people in the care of the Acute Unit who are ready to engage in them and wish to do so.

What will I be doing and how will it help me?

Each group session has different aims. Aims can include to express yourself, learn new skills; become more active; to help you socialize and remain well. It can help you find new ways to work on your difficulties. It will help provide structure to your day whilst in hospital.

Activities depend on your individual needs. There are copies of the timetables available on the wards.

They could include

  • Art
  • Gardening
  • Pottery
  • Crafts
  • Self Care or Activities of Daily Living
  • Communication Skills
  • Relaxation
  • Table-tennis
  • Hobbies and Computer Games

How do I get on this Programme?

You can request to be referred yourself. A member of the team can refer you; copies of the timetable are available on the ward.  Some groups are open to all, and for others you would meet with the staff member beforehand and see if it will meet your needs.

How long does it last?

The Therapeutic Activity and Discussion Programme will be available to you as long as you are an in patient on the Acute Unit. When you’re discharged you may be referred to the day hospital or community Occupational Therapist or linked with similar activities in your community if you wish.

When does it run?

There are groups scheduled each day with copies of the timetable displayed through out the ward.