Department of Psychiatry &
Behavioral Medicine

Intensive Outpatient Program

IOP is a more intense level of treatment than regular outpatient services or a lower level of care from partial hospital program.  IOP is a three-hour a day program that meets three times a week. This level of care is used as a transition back to the community along with strengthening acquired coping skills or introducing new ones.

The IOP Program offers group, family, and individual therapy, goal setting, and skills management.

Program hours are from 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Groups are designed to focus on the “here and now,” assisting you in identifying problems and formulating solutions for a healthy future.

The goal of this program is to assist you, the patient, in making changes and decisions, which will lead, to a healthier, happier life.  Your treatment team will involve you in developing a care plan, which will address some of these needed changes. Group therapies will be used to assist you in confronting the issues that brought you into IOP.  Medications may be used to help you in managing your psychiatric symptoms.  All forms of treatment are designed to meet the original goal of improving your level of functioning at home and/or work.

Skills for Daily Living
Skills for Daily Living covers a number of skills we use each day to help us function effectively.  Included are building self-esteem, assertiveness training, stress and anger management, relaxation exercises, rational thinking, and goal setting.  In each session, clients are presented with some basic information about the subject, are encouraged to participate in discussion, and to complete an activity in which they are asked to apply the concepts to themselves.  Homework assignments may also be given.

Goal Setting
Patients are instructed in the basic concept of setting daily, structured goals by exploring the types of goals (both daily/short-term and achievement-oriented/long-term) and how to recognize the therapeutic significance of this exercise.  Patients are instructed to bring 5 written daily goals to each group and are required to set one of these goals as ‘nurturing’  to encourage the need to schedule time for oneself.  The main criteria for these goals are that they be measurable, attainable, beneficial, and desirable.

Group Therapy
On a daily basis patients participate in group therapy session led by a licensed master’s level therapist/professional.  The group focus is on the “here and now.”  Goals include imparting information, instilling a sense of hope, creating an atmosphere of universality and providing a safe and supportive environment to acquire information and/or obtain personal insight. The topics will fall into four broad categories: 1) What is and how to cope with Mood disorders, 2) application of cognitive behavioral therapy techniques and dialectical behavioral skills, 3) the management of day-to-day stressors, 4) skills for improving interpersonal effectiveness, 5) spiritual /holistic wellness.

Individual and Family Therapy
Individual therapy session is scheduled weekly with your therapist. Family involvement is offered and encouraged.

Mental Health Concepts
The focus of this group is on patient education, with the style of instruction being informal teaching, discussion, handouts and videos.  The overall goal is to increase knowledge of issues related to mental disorders and current life stressors, and to assist you in being pro-active in your own treatment. These groups focus on 1) Nutritional balance, 2) medication management and education, 3) Relaxation techniques, and 4) communication and organizational skills.

For guidelines on admission into the Intensive Outpatient Program click here.