Adolescent Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)
The Adolescent Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) is designed to offer teens aged 13 to 17 more advanced resources for coping with everyday stressors than regular outpatient services can provide. Unlike individual outpatient therapy, the adolescent IOP is more intensive—these group therapy sessions meet three times a week in the evenings and on weekends for two hours at a time, and they are based in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, but include a variety of treatment methods.
Over the next few months, PPS will be offering a number of new services under our new youth 3D program. The adolescent IOP will be the first of these services when it begins. For more information about the 3D program, click here.
The IOP has four focuses when it comes to strengthening everyday coping skills:
1. Interpersonal Effectiveness:
- Learning how to balance priorities vs. demands in life and relationships; adding structure to one’s life by learning how to put off low priorities and ask for help
- Learning how to say “no”
- Building mastery of skills and self-respect
2. Emotion Regulation
- Identify and label emotions
- Reduce vulnerability of the emotional mind
- Increase positive emotional events that have a beneficial effect
3. Distress Tolerance
- Increase ability to manage painful emotions in a positive way
- Learn distraction skills to get through each moment as it comes without being overwhelmed by feelings
- Learn how to take control of emotions and thoughts in order to manage mood and behavior
What kinds of treatments are used during the adolescent IOP sessions?
- The adolescent IOP mainly focuses on Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), but also includes Music therapy and fitness and yoga components. DBT is an active therapy that will teach patients how to develop practical skills for coping with specific problems and challenges that arise in their life, helping them gain more stability and emotional control. Music therapy will help enhance mindfulness and energy, while the yoga components of the program will help relieve stress, teach relaxation techniques and promote physical wellness in conjunction with mental wellness.
What time are the sessions? What are the sessions like?
- Adolescent IOP sessions meet three times each week for two hours the duration of the program. Programs run from 8 to 12 weeks. During this time, clinicians lead group therapy sessions and use different treatment methods to guide patients in developing coping skills for everyday stressors.
Can my teen be in individual therapy and the IOP at the same time?
- Continued individual therapy can enhance the IOP experience. PPS staff will consult with your child’s individual therapist in order to maximize the effectiveness of the recommended treatment. Should you, your child, and their therapist, feel it necessary to suspend individual sessions throughout the IOP process, PPS staff will make arrangements to set up an appointment with their original treatment provider upon completion of the IOP program. If the IOP is right for you but you and your therapist
decide to stop individual therapy while you are in the
program, know that you will be expected to return to
your regular treatment provider for individual therapy
upon completion of the program.
How can I enroll my teen in the IOP?
- If you think your teen might benefit from IOP services, call PPS to schedule an evaluation with one of our clinicians. A psychiatric and psychosocial assessment is needed to determine treatment goals and whether your teen can benefit from group therapy before they can be enrolled.
What forms of insurance is the IOP covered under?
- The adolescent IOP is covered by most insurance companies including Humana, Aetna, Anthem, Cigna, and Medical Mutual. Staff will verify if your plan is in or out of network. Co-insurance, co-pays, deductibles, out-of-network balances, and fees for services not covered by insurance or elected as self-pay will be collected at the point of service. Fees will vary based on your individual insurance plan and the services provided. Please contact your insurance provider with any questions about your individual policy’s coverage options.
Since the IOP will be held in a group setting, what kinds of COVID-19 precautions are in place?
- A number of safety measures have been taken to help keep all of our patients physically healthy and reduce the spread of COVID-19. Group therapy rooms have been designed with social distancing in mind, and sessions will consist of no more than 10 participants at a time for the time being. All group meeting rooms are sanitized before and after sessions. Masks and hand sanitizer are available, and both staff and patients must have their temperature checked before each session begins. Patients who feel unwell or who have been ordered to quarantine due to suspected illness or COVID-19 contact should not attend sessions and should instead contact PPS as soon as possible to find out what telehealth options are available for their situation.