The Bellwood Mood and Anxiety Program

The Bellwood Mood and Anxiety Program (MAP) is a seven-week residential treatment program designed specifically for individuals who have been struggling with chronic depression, bipolar disorder (not in an active manic episode), or anxiety. When a new patient is admitted, they will meet with members of the MAP team, who will create an individualized treatment program tailored to the patient’s unique needs.

MAP provides a supported and structured treatment experience that allows patients to make meaningful changes that help sustain long-term recoveries. MAP treatment includes the following activities:

  • One-on-one therapy
  • Small-group therapy
  • Psychoeducation
  • In-vivo exposure or activation therapy (when appropriate for the patient)
  • Daily physical exercise and education
  • Nutrition education
  • Recreational activities
  • Social activities

Also, patients’ families are provided with support and psychoeducation.

MAP takes a biopsychosocial, individualized, and evidence-based approach to treating mood and anxiety disorders that sets it apart from all other similar programs available in Canada.

Biopsychosocial Model and the Bellwood MAP Team

The Bellwood Mood and Anxiety Program (MAP) is based on a biopsychosocial perspective on mental health. This means we believe that the most effective treatments for mental health disorders include a combination of biological, psychological, and social components, including the following:

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Biological

Medical (including medication prescription and management, and 24/7 nursing care), physical activity, nutrition

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Psychological

Psychotherapy, counselling, meditation

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Social

Interpersonal communication, relationship skills, lifestyle choices, family programs

In order to provide this comprehensive set of services, the MAP team is multidisciplinary, with a wide range of expertise. All members of the MAP team have extensive experience working with challenging and complex cases of mood and anxiety disorders. All clinical staff have master’s or doctorate degrees, and are registered psychotherapists or health professionals. Clinical staff includes registered psychotherapists, a psychologist, an occupational therapist, social workers, and psychiatric nurses. The MAP team also includes medical doctors, a psychiatrist, recreational therapists, dieticians, physical health specialists, and yoga instructors.

Evidence-Based Therapy for Mood and Anxiety Disorders

Evidence-based therapy is the cornerstone of the Mood and Anxiety Program (MAP) treatment paradigm. Patients participate in weekly one-on-one psychotherapy sessions, in addition to daily group therapy that is individualized for each patient’s unique needs. MAP patients may also meet with a psychiatrist for consultation, as needed.

The MAP program uses evidence-based therapeutic modalities including the following:

These therapeutic modalities teach patients practical skills and effective ways of coping with their symptoms and challenging situations, as well as teaching them skills to improve their interpersonal communication and relationships.

Evidence-based clinical therapies are complemented by adjunct therapies including exercise, meditation, nutrition, and yoga, as well as other social and recreational activities, to engage and restore the body, mind, and spirit.

Seven Week, Small-Group Program

The standard length of the Mood and Anxiety Program (MAP) is seven weeks. This ensures that each patient gets the time and guidance that they need to recover and be properly prepared to maintain their recovery after leaving the program. We strongly emphasize relapse prevention skills to ensure that patients can sustain the gains that they make during their treatment programs.

The MAP program allows a maximum of eight patients in residence together at any one time. The small number of patients allows us to observe and interact with patients frequently and provide them with effective, individualized care in an supportive and inclusive environment. This allows MAP patients to make gains and build momentum in their recovery.

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