Recipients: Michelle Townsend (University of Wollongong), Brin Grenyer (UOW), Kathleen Manning (Murrumbidgee LHD), Samantha Reis (UOW), Nicholas Day (UOW), Emily Matthews (UOW), Amanda Gigliotti (UOW), John Dean (MLHD).
AIR Therapy is a clinician-assisted online intervention for adolescents with complex mental health difficulties such as self-harm, emotional dysregulation and impulsive behaviours. This innovative therapist-assisted internet-delivered treatment is the first to specifically target emerging personality disorder in adolescence and associated complex mental health presentations. AIR Therapy was developed from an existing manualised approach, and is comprised of six online modules which target domains including managing distress and emotions, building sense of self and identity, strengthening relationships and self-care. These modules are delivered over 6 weeks and accompanied by online psychotherapy sessions.
This research aims to assess the feasibility and acceptability of AIR Therapy among a sample of adolescents and their clinicians in Murrumbidgee Local Health District. Furthermore, this project will provide preliminary data on the effectiveness of the intervention in reducing mental health symptoms and improving quality of life for the adolescents. The outcomes from this project aim to provide more cost-effective, accessible treatment of emerging borderline personality disorder in adolescence, particularly in rural and remote environments where adolescents who may not otherwise have access to psychotherapy.