Adolescent Intensive Outpatient Program
Clients will be assigned to work with a clinical psychologist, often referred to as a behavior therapist. Clients will meet with their behavior therapist three times during the week, for behavior planning, individual behavior therapy and a family session. By participating in the brief intensive program, adolescents have the opportunity to interact with other individuals who are experiencing similar concerns. This can be incredibly helpful, as many clients report feeling alone in their struggles.
An experienced team of residential counselors provides the direct delivery of care in the intensive program. The residential counselor’s role is to aid treatment delivery. The staff is trained to help clients with OCD and anxiety to engage in feared behaviors and learn healthy ways to cope with and reduce anxiety.
Each client meets with their behavior therapist for an initial evaluation and a treatment planning session prior to the start of the intensive program.
Individuals who may benefit from our Intensive Outpatient Program include:
- Adolescents who suffer from severe OCD and/or anxiety and need an intensive booster to supplement their current outpatient treatment
- Adolescents who would like to maximize gains in a shorter period of time
- Adolescents who want to make the most of a summer break
- Adolescents who would like to reap the benefits of both individual treatment, as well as group-based therapy
We also offer a comprehensive individual track Adolescent Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) for adolescents who need intensive treatment for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), anxiety disorders such as Social Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder,and others. This unique program allows adolescents to receive a specialized cognitive-behavioral therapy intervention in a compassionate and individualized treatment environment. Adolescents in this program meet with their cognitive behavior therapist for three hours per day, five days per week. Length and frequency of meeting is flexible, but most adolescents stay in our program for 4 to 6 weeks. Often the adolescents start by meeting with their therapist five days a week and then step down to 2 to 3 times a week until the program is completed.
How do I know that this program is right for my adolescent?
- Your adolescent is suffering from severe anxiety and outpatient treatment has not been successful
- You are interested in having your adolescent complete a step-down program after residential or inpatient treatment
- You would like to minimize the amount of school your adolescent has to miss
- You are looking for your adolescent to make the most of a spring or summer break
- You want your adolescent to receive individual treatment, rather than group-based therapy, as is typical in many other Intensive Outpatient Programs
What is treatment like at the Adolescent Program?
You – the parent – and your adolescent will first meet with a behavior therapist to complete a thorough diagnostic assessment that utilizes empirically validated instruments, behavioral observations, patient and family history, and past treatment records. Next, the adolescent and their family will collaborate with the behavior therapist in developing an individualized treatment plan based on your adolescent’s symptoms and unique difficulties. We will then implement an evidence-based cognitive-behavioral intervention, the gold standard treatment for youth suffering from anxiety disorders. Our goal is to not only alleviate your adolescent’s symptoms, but also to prevent these symptoms from returning again. To achieve this goal in the context of our short-term intensive program, we actively address relapse prevention early on in treatment and help the adolescent feel prepared for tackling future challenges after their treatment stay. Finally, as the adolescent is often living with their family, we include family education and support within our AIOP.
What is Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy?
Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) examines the connections between thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, while learning that if we change the way we think and the things we do, we can change how we feel. CBT uses Exposure and Response Prevention techniques, which help adolescents learn that if they face their anxiety-provoking thoughts, feelings, and situations in a gradual and systematic way, they will not only feel less anxious over time, but also learn that their fears are not very likely to come true.