To make a referral call 01282 770920
Make A Referral

Why Us

At Aaban, we invest in people.

For Professionals

We are committed to providing high quality accommodation for all our service users, helping them to feel as safe and as comfortable as possible during their stay. Within this space, our multidisciplinary team of healthcare professionals works hard to cultivate a compassionate environment that promotes positive self-esteem and enhances overall personal investment in treatment and care.

Our Model Of Care

We are informed by the Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) model of care, which incorporates both individual sessions and group skills work. Many of our service users have been involved in services for many years, presenting with extreme risk behaviours.

DBT is designed to reduce risk behaviours and increase emotion regulation by supporting an understanding of how intense emotions trigger unhelpful behaviour. Most of our referrals come from in-patient services, but we can accept community referrals.

Our treatment follows an established overarching model, but retains the flexibility to be individualised according to the specific needs of each of our service users, and delivered in the least restrictive environment possible. Our holistic approach uses a range of psychometric measures, including objective measures relating to symptom reduction, measures to monitor progress, and subjective ratings of experience and recovery.

Over a period of treatment and care – typically 2 years – we support our service users to:

  • Achieve an understanding of the development, onset and maintenance of their difficulties
  • Acquire and demonstrate coping skills to manage emotional state shifts
  • Improve their ability to manage impulsive behaviour
  • Learn strategies to manage feelings of hopelessness and helplessness
  • Modify dichotomous thinking by improving their understanding of ambiguity, complexity and uncertainty in people, issues and situations
  • Formulate and improve upon anger management skills, assertiveness and self-care skills
  • Learn and role-play interpersonal relationship skills
  • Reduce the intensity and frequency of self-damaging behaviours

The DBT treatment will focus specifically on interpersonal effectiveness, emotion regulation, distress tolerance and mindfulness.

Over these 2 years, the treatment model follows five main phases:

  • Phase 1 takes place over the first 1-3 months. It’s an assessment phase that’s aimed first and foremost at establishing safety, and stabilising symptoms and risk behaviours.
  • Phase 2 takes place over the next 3-6 months. This phase is concerned with making sense of behaviour, and forming a psychological formulation that will influence the service user’s individual care plan, so that they can then be signposted to appropriate interventions.
  • Phase 3 covers months 6-12. This is when the service user begins Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT). If necessary, trauma therapy and Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT), and other therapies are also introduced to complement the DBT model of care.
  • Phase 4 is the completion of therapy and takes place over months 12-18. We recognise that lifestyle changes are rarely flawless transitions, so this stage gives service users the opportunity to prepare for future difficult situations by covering both relapse planning and crisis planning.
  • Phase 5 – in months 18-24 – covers the consolidation of therapy skills into everyday life. It also covers discharge planning for service users; including developing activities of daily living, and finding new accommodation to move into. For some service users, this may be our second unit: Moira.

At all stages of treatment, we actively support our service users in making their own individual choices, encouraging independence and autonomy wherever and whenever they are able to engage. We are guided in doing this by our central values respect, compassion and person centred care. Every one of our decisions is taken collaboratively, with the welfare of our residents in mind.

About Our Facilities

Quality care is our top priority

Delivering quality treatment and care is our top priority at Aaban, and our facilities play a vital part. With individual rooms complete with en-suite facilities, we aim to provide a homely environment that affords our service users both space and privacy, helping them feel safe and comfortable as we deliver high-quality treatment and care that’s tailored to their needs.

These modern units have been fully fitted with TV and music facilities, and several communal areas (including a communal kitchen and dining area) to give our service users plenty of room and opportunities to socialise and spend time with their fellow residents, should they choose.

Both of our facilities, Providence and Moira, have been purpose-built by specialist architects, with every aspect of them designed to help aid recovery as much as possible. They’re set in the heart of an existing local community, allowing our service users to recover in privacy but not in isolation.

Wherever possible, we aim to provide our service users with the option to visit the unit prior to admission, so we can provide a more complete introduction to what they can expect from our facilities. Families and loved ones are welcome to accompany service users on this tour, to provide extra reassurance and support if they feel it might be needed.

Make A Referral

We aim to make the referral process as efficient as possible to ensure individuals receive appropriate care.

Click Here

Our Location

Our site is situated in the village of Oswaldtwistle, between the two larger towns of Accrington and Blackburn, a little way off the M65.

Find out more