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What is the GEARS Program?

The Group Emotional and Relationship Skills (GEARS) program is a 12 week (2 hours per week) psychoeducation and skills-based program tailored specifically for current and former serving military and emergency service personnel. Designed and delivered by lived experience peers with a service background, this program aims to improve mood regulation, interpersonal communication and relationship skills through the lens of what it means to be a serviceman or servicewoman.

The GEARS program was developed by Dr Jon Lane, Psychiatrist, current ADF Reservist and Afghanistan Veteran.

You will learn how to:

  • Become more aware and comfortable with your emotions
  • Develop positive, healthy coping skills for distressing feelings
  • Identify unhealthy relationship patterns
  • Build skills to improve your relationships
  • Build resilience and confidence.

To be eligible for a place in the program, you must:

  • Be a current or former military or emergency services member
  • Have mental health symptoms that concern you
  • Obtain a referral from your GP, psychologist or psychiatrist to attend the program – Clinician Referral Form.

Please note the clinician referral is mandatory to participate.

The GEARS program is held in Adelaide, Canberra and Hobart and online sessions are also available via Zoom.

Dates for upcoming sessions will be announced soon. For more information or to be put on the waitlist for our next program, please contact [email protected] or
call us on (08) 7002 0880.

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