Intense Outpatient Program (IOP) or Day Treatment

Intense Outpatient Program (IOP) or Day Treatment

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Intense outpatient therapy (IOP) enables patients to continue building on the successes they have achieved while they were in Residential Treatment and Partial Hospitalization Treatment as they transition back home. Instead of going from 40 hours a week of therapeutic support to 1-2 hours per week in general outpatient therapy, the patient receives 16-30 hours of Intense Outpatient therapy per week as they transition to being at home, school and community full time.
This level of care provides the patient time to “practice” what they are learning in therapy such as; effective communication, setting boundaries, impulse control, managing triggers and cravings, effective coping skills and social skills. Being able to have the opportunity to utilize what they are learning provides the clinicians, the patient and their parents with valuable feedback that guides what needs to be worked on in Intense Outpatient therapy.


  • Experiencing moderate psychiatric symptoms which would likely require more intensive inpatient or partial hospitalization therapy if went untreated
  • Continuing to experience symptoms that require more support than what would be possible in a traditional outpatient setting
  • Facing symptoms that interfere with normal daily responsibilities (i.e., self-care, work/school, normal, healthy adolescent activities)
  • Not an imminent danger to themselves or others
  • Receptive and able to participate in intensive group-based psychotherapy
  • Able to access support networks in the community to help them after program hours
  • Have stable housing and reliable transportation


  • Patient will attend 16-30 hours per week of therapy which includes individual, group, and family therapy sessions with licensed counselors.
  • Medication management by licensed psychiatrist or by a psychiatric nurse practitioner
  • Collaboration with patient’s family and educators to continue the patients schooling while in treatment.
  • Family centered therapy and parent education to help parents overcome the pitfalls in communicating, parenting and relating with their child.
  • Development of coping skills to help with emotional regulation, distress tolerance, impulse control, self-soothing techniques, and mindfulness techniques.
  • Development of social skills to help the patient learn to socialize appropriately, set boundaries, control impulses when around their peers, and respect authority.
  • Individualized Treatment Plan is developed using eclectic therapeutic approaches. Not all therapeutic approaches work for all patients, therefore the treatment team will develop a treatment plan precisely for each individual patient and her family.