Preparing for Your First Day with the Intensive Outpatient Program
You will receive an email from the Intensive Outpatient Program Coordinator, providing a link/meeting ID for your child to join our virtual program. Please make sure prior to starting program, your child has downloaded any necessary applications onto the electronic device they will use throughout program.
Prior to admission to the Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP), patients and their caregiver(s) will participate in a virtual biopsychosocial assessment with one of the IOP social workers to:
- Ensure fit for our program and discuss the treatment outline
- Review the structure of our groups
- Create a personalized treatment program for your child or teen's specific needs and challenges
Intake sessions include information gathering surrounding your child’s current strengths and difficulties and symptoms, psychiatric and health history gathering, social history taking including discussing you child’s functioning at home and at school, safety assessment, and identification of your child’s top challenges.
At the end of your intake appointment, we will provide your family with a Welcome Packet and a date that your child can expect to begin the program. Most IOP admissions are occur on Mondays and Tuesdays so that new patients can begin programming at the start of a treatment module.
Typical Day in the IOP
Your child will attend IOP Monday through Thursday. Your child will participate in a variety of groups beginning with a community meeting to check in with staff and peers. Afterwards, your child will attend group therapy based on the United Protocol (UP) Treatment for Children and Adolescents. Finally, your child will engage in various games and activities in recreational therapy to support and practice their skill development. Throughout the week your child will meet individually with their primary therapist.
Caregivers will participate in the program through:
- Participation in the intake session before beginning IOP treatment
- Weekly caregiver group therapy sessions on Tuesday evenings from 5 p.m. – 6 p.m.
- Weekly family therapy sessions