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Intensive Outpatient Program

Support, therapy, education and coping skills to help you achieve your recovery goals

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If you have been diagnosed with depression, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety or another behavioral health condition, the Intensive Outpatient Program provides you with the comprehensive care and expertise you need so you can get back to your everyday life. Using cognitive behavioral therapy, recreational therapy, as well as medication and vital coping skills, your behavioral health team will support you as you work toward the goals you set for your recovery. 

Overview

If you have been diagnosed with depression, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety or another behavioral health condition, the Intensive Outpatient Program provides you with the comprehensive care and expertise you need so you can get back to your everyday life. Using cognitive behavioral therapy, recreational therapy, as well as medication and vital coping skills, your behavioral health team will support you as you work toward the goals you set for your recovery. 

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What to Expect from the Intensive Outpatient Program

Admission

To be admitted to the Intensive Outpatient Program, you’ll need to be referred by an outpatient psychiatrist or from our Access Center.

You’ll first meet with a licensed therapist. This conversation will allow your therapist to get to know you better and assess your needs. Your therapist will listen to your goals for the program. Your goals will become our goals each time we meet with you in therapy.

Next, you’ll receive a master treatment plan along with a welcome packet and parking information. Your therapist will explain the group schedule and our expectations for your participation. We’ll also discuss our commitment to your privacy while you are part of this program.

The daily schedule

The Intensive Outpatient Program meets three days each week, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. You must come all three days and participate in each activity. Being fully engaged in the program is a vital part of your treatment plan. The average time in this program is six weeks. 

On the first day, a doctor will meet with you to review your current medications and your medical history, and a nurse will take your vitals. You should bring any prescribed medications with you each day.

After that first day, you’ll follow a regular schedule, using cognitive behavioral therapy approaches in a group setting to help you achieve your goals:

  • In the morning, you’ll have an hour-long psychoeducational discussion where we discuss coping and educational skills.
  • Then your therapists will lead a group therapy session to work on the goals you’ve identified.
  • Later in the day, you’ll have recreational therapy. These activities include ceramics, painting, cooking, playing piano and exercising. This is your time to relax and be creative while you work on applying the coping skills you are learning.  

Completing the program

During your participation in the Intensive Outpatient Program, your therapists, nurses and physicians will help you make progress toward your goals, so that ultimately you can transition to meeting with an outpatient provider for the ongoing management of your condition.

What To Expect

What to Expect from the Intensive Outpatient Program

Admission

To be admitted to the Intensive Outpatient Program, you’ll need to be referred by an outpatient psychiatrist or from our Access Center.

You’ll first meet with a licensed therapist. This conversation will allow your therapist to get to know you better and assess your needs. Your therapist will listen to your goals for the program. Your goals will become our goals each time we meet with you in therapy.

Next, you’ll receive a master treatment plan along with a welcome packet and parking information. Your therapist will explain the group schedule and our expectations for your participation. We’ll also discuss our commitment to your privacy while you are part of this program.

The daily schedule

The Intensive Outpatient Program meets three days each week, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. You must come all three days and participate in each activity. Being fully engaged in the program is a vital part of your treatment plan. The average time in this program is six weeks. 

On the first day, a doctor will meet with you to review your current medications and your medical history, and a nurse will take your vitals. You should bring any prescribed medications with you each day.

After that first day, you’ll follow a regular schedule, using cognitive behavioral therapy approaches in a group setting to help you achieve your goals:

  • In the morning, you’ll have an hour-long psychoeducational discussion where we discuss coping and educational skills.
  • Then your therapists will lead a group therapy session to work on the goals you’ve identified.
  • Later in the day, you’ll have recreational therapy. These activities include ceramics, painting, cooking, playing piano and exercising. This is your time to relax and be creative while you work on applying the coping skills you are learning.  

Completing the program

During your participation in the Intensive Outpatient Program, your therapists, nurses and physicians will help you make progress toward your goals, so that ultimately you can transition to meeting with an outpatient provider for the ongoing management of your condition.

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Questions to Ask Your Provider About the Intensive Outpatient Program

Write down any questions you have about the Intensive Outpatient Program so you can plan to ask your doctor. Your questions may include:

  • Am I a candidate for the Intensive Outpatient Program?
  • What can I do to ensure my success in the program?
  • Who do I call if I am struggling and need extra help?
  • How can I measure my success in the program? Are there things I can do at home to help my recovery? 

Questions to ask your provider

Questions to Ask Your Provider About the Intensive Outpatient Program

Write down any questions you have about the Intensive Outpatient Program so you can plan to ask your doctor. Your questions may include:

  • Am I a candidate for the Intensive Outpatient Program?
  • What can I do to ensure my success in the program?
  • Who do I call if I am struggling and need extra help?
  • How can I measure my success in the program? Are there things I can do at home to help my recovery? 

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Patient Stories for Intensive Outpatient Program

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