What to expect in the Adolescent Intensive Outpatient Program?
The typical IOP adolescent is currently attending school, maintaining a level of safety that does not require constant supervision and is willing to participate in a group therapy program. Adolescents need to be receiving or scheduled to receive outpatient individual therapy (referrals can be provided). In addition, parents/guardians must be willing to attend and participate in weekly multi-family therapy sessions.
Through group therapy, psychoeducation, and activities, the IOP team works with the adolescent to decrease the symptoms or behaviors that have been causing difficulty. Using evidence-based treatment such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) informed interventions, adolescents can learn the necessary skills and insight to manage the emotional and behavioral issues and achieve a healthy level of functioning.
Typical issues include:
- Difficulty coping at home and/or school
- Behavior that interferes with daily living
- Unpleasant feelings of fear, anxiety, anger, hopelessness and depression
- Preoccupation with certain thought patterns and/or behaviors which interfere with one’s life
- Self-injurious behavior or patterns
Areas of focus include:
- Recognize personal strengths and problem areas
- Develop healthy coping skills
- Identify, challenge, and modify negative thoughts and beliefs
- Address transitions in life
- Improve the ability to problem-solve
- Change destructive behavior patterns
- Improve communication skills
- Develop an effective aftercare plan
- Set immediate and long-term goals
Adolescent IOP is held Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Multi-family group is Thursdays, from 5:15 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and parents/guardians are required to attend. The typical length of stay is 8 to 10 weeks.