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.