The Adolescent Intensive Outpatient Program is committed to helping adolescents ages 13-18 who struggle with:
- Anger management issues
- Low self-esteem
- Poor coping and social skills
- Family conflict
- Substance abuse issues
Clients meet in a group setting for three hours a night, three nights a week, and generally complete 20 sessions total, depending on the need. The groups are facilitated by a licensed therapist who is assisted by a tech trained in working with adolescents.
The group consists of therapeutic processing as well as interactive activities designed to address the above mentioned concerns. Clients are guided in identifying and implementing skills that are directly related to the goals on their treatment plan. Interventions implemented utilize components of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Family Systems Therapy, and Solution-Focused Brief Therapy.
Group starts with the clients checking in on how they are doing. As part of that process, they identify their presenting issue(s), how they are feeling, and any progress or concerns that they have. This gives each individual client an opportunity to get feedback of what that individual sharing is going through, and to keep all comments and feedback productive.
Each group session, the clients engage in a skill building activity. The activities presented are designed to promote healthy communication, positive coping skills, and teamwork. Areas addressed are:
- Identifying and expressing emotions in a healthy manner
- Learning how to resolve conflict appropriately
- Developing positive coping and social skills
- Other areas expressed by the clients
Another important component of skill building that has been implemented is understanding various cultures and learning to respect the ways that individuals within a culture express themselves. We have found that adolescents often struggle with peer pressure and trying to fit in to the “norm” of their peer group, and in doing so they often meet with significant challenges.
We feel that it is essential to educated the clients on how different cultures express themselves, with culture being identified as the characteristics of a particular group of people, defined by everything from language, religion, social habits, and eating habits. Clients are encouraged to learn about and respect various cultures and to embrace the differences between cultures.
Throughout the IOP program, parents/family members/guardians are urged to participate in our family program. Once a month, a Family Night is held, in which family members come together to learn more about the IOP program as a whole, as well as how clients are progressing individually. This gives family members an opportunity to discuss and process concerns, and receive feedback from other family members struggling with their loved ones; as well, it is an opportunity for family members to give and receive positive feedback about clients’ progress.
Outside of Family Night, clients are encouraged to participate in family sessions. The treatment team meets regularly to update on progress, and identifies those clients/family members for whom family therapy is an urgent matter. However, all clients and their families are urged to participate in family therapy.
The Adolescent IOP meets Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 5:30pm-8:30pm.