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Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)

An intensive outpatient program (IOP) is what many participants “graduate” to after finishing a partial hospitalization program (PHP).

While not as demanding as a PHP, IOP participants still receive 3-4 hours of therapy per day, Monday through Friday. At the end of their IOP treatment, clients and clinical staff collaborate to assist the patient in the continuity of care while stepping down to individual counseling and/or medication management services. Typically, an IOP is a 4-6-week program.

The advantage of an intensive outpatient program is flexibility. As you (or your loved one) improve and heal, you can transition into an IOP where you will continue to receive structured therapy and support, but also have more time to practice the coping skills and other lessons you have internalized. Eventually, as you continue to improve with support with these services, you may reach the point where occasional therapy sessions and medication management are all you need to sustain your best life.

Connections Wellness Group offers multiple locations. If you or a loved one require mental health services, call (877) 747-4294 or contact us online for more information about our mental health programs, including our intensive outpatient program.

What to Expect from an Intensive Outpatient Program

Our intensive outpatient program serves adults aged 18 and older and adolescents from ages 10 to 18. High school students who are eighteen will enroll in the teen program.

For adults, the IOP will include:

  • Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-noon; afternoon and evening options also available
  • 3 hours of group therapy per day that includes
    • Process groups
    • Psychoeducational groups
    • Experiential groups
    • Medication Management
    • Nursing groups
    • Medication education

For youth, the IOP will include:

  • Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • 4 hours of group therapy per day
    • Includes process groups
    • Includes psychoeducational groups
    • Includes experiential groups
  • Comprehensive, schooling accredited by Cognia* (*Texas only)
  • Medication management
    • Completed by a child and adolescent board-certified psychiatrist or psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner
  • Nursing evaluations
    • Completed by a registered nurse
  • Medication education

What Issues Are Treated In This Program?

  • Self-harm
  • Chronic depression
  • Feelings of hopelessness and helplessness
  • Domestic/relationship strife
  • Chronic anxiety with or without panic attacks
  • Low frustration tolerance
  • Poor impulse control
  • Symptoms of isolation and withdrawal
  • Difficulties coping with recent loss or death
  • Assistance in coping with traumatic experiences
  • Thoughts of death and/or dying
  • Chemical use/abuse

What Treatment Modalities Are Used in this Program?

Our master-level clinicians employ many evidence-based and holistic approaches, including:

Connections Wellness Group’s Intensive Outpatient Program

If you or a loved one are struggling with anxiety, depression, or other mental health issues, help is available. Our intensive outpatient program is ideal for those who have completed the more demanding partial hospitalization program and are now ready to continue their healing journey with more flexibility and independence. 

Connections Wellness Group has multiple locations and offers a comprehensive, intensive outpatient program to treat a diverse array of mental health issues. Additionally, many of our locations provide evening hours and virtual options for those residents with demanding schedules, transportation challenges, or any other circumstances that may make it difficult for them to travel or leave home.

We understand that mental health is integral to overall wellbeing and holistic wellness. Our compassionate, professional staff uses the latest evidence-based therapies and holistic approaches to help you return to living your best life. Connect with us online or call (877) 747-4294 for more information about our programs.