By Alejandra Sequeira, PhD // Counseling Psychologist


Adolescent Intensive Outpatient Program (AIOP) – Launching in April of 2021

The McLean OCD Institute at Houston offers a highly specialized Adolescent Intensive Outpatient Program for adolescents (ages 12-18) with moderate to severe OCD and other anxiety-related disorders. This program meets virtually every Monday, Wednesday, & Thursday from 4:00 PM to 6:30 PM.

This unique program allows adolescents to receive specialized Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) in a compassionate and individualized treatment environment. Adolescents in this program will receive three individualized therapy sessions with a licensed Behavioral Therapist and one family therapy session per week in addition to group therapy (CBT 101, Emotion Regulation and Family Dynamics), and Exposure with Response Prevention (ERP) with staff support. Family members are encouraged to join the 2nd and 4th Family Dynamics group every month.

How do I know that this program is right for my adolescent?

  • Your child/adolescent is suffering from severe OCD and/or anxiety and outpatient treatment has not been successful
  • You are interested in having your child/adolescent complete a step-down program after residential or inpatient treatment
  • You recognize your child needs intensive treatment but would like to minimize the amount of school your child/adolescent has to miss in order to receive this treatment

What is treatment like at the Adolescent Program?

Admissions Process:

You can begin by calling us directly at 713-526-5055. Our Admissions Coordinator will contact you to schedule a brief phone assessment with you and your child. Next, our Admissions Coordinator will schedule a diagnostic evaluation with one of our Behavioral Therapists. Please plan for both you and your child attend this evaluation. The Behavioral Therapist will assess your child’s symptoms and determine if your child could benefit from our AIOP. If it is determined that your child may not benefit from our AIOP, you will receive recommendations that may be more aligned with your child’s needs and/or treatment goals.   

First Week of AIOP:

Your child will meet with their Behavioral Therapist for three outpatient sessions. These sessions will focus on providing you and your child with psycho-education about your child’s diagnosis and its treatment as well as developing an individualized treatment plan that will guide their work throughout the AIOP. You will also be scheduled for future sessions including Family Therapy as well as for a brief AIOP orientation meeting with one of our Residential Counselors.

Joining the AIOP Groups:

Your child will begin to participate in the AIOP group schedule during their second week in the program.  

Our Treatment Approach:

Our team utilizes evidence-based treatments to care for your child. Specifically, we primarily use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), with an emphasis in Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), which is considered the gold standard treatment for youth suffering from anxiety disorders and/or OCD. CBT examines the inter-connections of our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors and teaches us that challenging our irrational beliefs can greatly impact our feelings and behaviors. ERP, a specific form of CBT, focuses on helping adolescents learn that if they face their anxiety-provoking thoughts, feelings, and situations in a gradual and systematic way, they will feel less anxious over time. Through ERP, adolescents learn that the do not have to engage in their compulsions, which helps decrease the frequency and intensity of their intrusive thoughts.  

Our goal is to not only alleviate your adolescent’s symptoms but to also teach them management strategies should symptoms return. 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 incorporate family therapy in the AIOP program with our program’s family therapist.

Click HERE to view a sample of our Adolescent AIOP programming.

Click HERE to view a sample of our AIOP Brochure.

*AIOP is offered virtually to residents in the state of Texas.  

* Psychiatric services are available upon request at an additional cost

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