Adolescent Intensive Outpatient Program

Welcome to our Adolescent Intensive Outpatient Program

 

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a highly structured approach to therapy based on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy with a greater focus on emotional and social aspects. We deliver a specially adapted curriculum for adolescents, as developed by Jill Rathus and Alex Miller. We specialize in treating clients who struggle with emotion regulation, self-harm, suicidality, relationships, and negative self-image. In fact, many people who struggle with dysregulated, distressing emotions find help with DBT.

We offer a comprehensive Adolescent Intensive Outpatient Program to help both adolescents (ages 13-17) and their parents learn new skills to better manage overwhelming emotions and design a life worth living. The program includes a menu of services including: individual therapy, skills training, multi-family therapy group, yoga/mindfulness classes and art therapy.

The multi-family group is a powerful component of the program that teaches the parents skills that their children are learning and ways to better communicate within the home. The Intensive Outpatient Program allows the adolescent to continue living at home while attending an 8-week program to help them learn and practice skills.

The Adolescent Intensive Outpatient Program offers 9 hours of services each week. Groups are small and do not exceed eight (8) adolescents for the purpose of allowing a safe and structured environment.

Adolescent Intensive Outpatient Program Schedule:

MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursday / Friday
Skills Training Group

4-6pm

Multi-Family Group

5-6pm
Parents Only

Yoga/Mindfulness

4-5pm

Teen Workshop

6-7pm

Art Therapy

5-6pm
Adolescents Only

Individual Therapy Session

Scheduled with Primary Therapist

Multi-Family Group

6-7pm
Parents &
Adolescents

Skills Training Group

5-7pm

Getting Started:
A 90-minute assessment is required for admission to the Adolescent Intensive Outpatient Program. Your treatment is customized by a Master’s level clinician who uses information gained in the initial session and clinical assessment to best determine a treatment plan for you.

Our Adolescent Intensive Outpatient Program Includes:

Skills Training Group: During this group participants are taught DBT skills to help them manage their emotions, reduce their self-destructive behaviors, and learn ways to better support themselves in their daily lives. This is an interactive experience where adolescents will be practicing and role-playing skills learned in a safe and structured environment. The Skills Training Group primarily focuses on five types of skill sets:

Mindfulness: Participants are taught how to focus the mind, direct their attention, and observe and describe what they are feeling and thinking in the moment without judgment.

Middle Path: This module is specifically designed for adolescents and their families. It focuses on learning that there is more than one way to view a situation or solve a problem by balancing acceptance and change strategies.

Distress Tolerance: Participants are taught effective ways to distract and soothe themselves while considering pros and cons of their actions. These skills are used to replace maladaptive behaviors such as angry outbursts, binge eating, substance use, and self-injury.

Emotion Regulation: Participants learn how to identify and label their emotions, how to increase positive moods, and how to become less vulnerable to negative moods such as chronic depression, anxiety, or anger.

Interpersonal Effectiveness: Participants address difficulties in maintaining consistent and healthy relationships by acquiring skills such as how to ask for what you want, how to say no, and how to maintain self-respect and independence.

Multi-Family Group: Participants and their parents attend a 2-hour multi-family group, where both the parents and their adolescent can learn to work as a team and support one another in a skillful way. Parents begin the group with the group clinicians to learn the skills that their children are learning in the intensive outpatient group. Then the adolescents join their parents to practice the skills together, learn skillful communication and take steps to support one another.

Individual Psychotherapy: Participants must meet with an individual DBT therapist weekly to strengthen and apply the skills taught. Participants will be assigned diary cards to complete and engage in Behavior Chain Analysis in session to bring about greater awareness of their behaviors, thoughts, feelings, and actions. These are 50 minute sessions.

Phone Coaching: When patients feel unsure of how to approach a particular issue or situation, they are encouraged to contact their individual therapist for help in using DBT skills. This is designed to strengthen and support the use of skills in daily life.

Weekly Consultation Team: Our DBT treatment team meets weekly for 120 minutes to share feedback and discuss methods to ensure effective and compassionate treatment. Time is spent discussing any aspects of the treatment that may interfere with a participant’s progress – all the while upholding a dialectical framework.