When children and teens suffer from mental health issues, the whole family is affected. Professional diagnosis for a particular condition like depression or anxiety is only the first step in a treatment process that will require the support and empathy of many people in the wider community. There is a spectrum of care options available that parents should understand before they sign their adolescent up for any particular mental health services.
Many teens who are able to avoid full inpatient hospitalization still have a profound need for support. Basic mental health outpatient care may not be enough, especially if their school does not provide special needs support or counseling. When life becomes unmanageable for you and your adolescent, it might be time to consider an intensive outpatient program (IOP) for teens and adolescents.
Is There a Difference in Day Treatment vs. Intensive Outpatient Programs?
There is no difference between a day treatment and an IOP at Beyond Healthcare, the terms are sometimes used interchangeably. In our IOP, you can expect your teen to develop positive coping strategies, improve their self-esteem and learn how to regulate their emotions. When your teen is in school, our IOP therapists are there to assist with many of the issues teens deal with on a day-to-day basis.
The intensive outpatient program at Beyond Healthcare helps treat a range of mental health conditions, including:
- Mood disorders
- Suicidal thoughts
- Addictions and co-occurring disorders
- Physical, sexual, or emotional trauma
- Family transitions such as moving or divorce
- Grief and loss
- LGBTQ+-related challenges and issues
- Relationship problems
An IOP is suited for patients with moderate mental health symptoms who do not self-harm or have suicidal tendencies. In an IOP, your teen will be able to live their normal life but receive vital mental health support a few times a week.
About Our Intensive Outpatient Program
Our IOP program runs after school three days per week (Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday) for three hours per session (4 p.m.- 7 p.m.). IOP groups typically have eight to twelve teens and are organized by age. IOP programming—which consists of regular school with additional support for mental health challenges, therapy sessions as needed, and medication management—is designed to help your teenager balance their education with friendships, family commitments, sports, and other obligations.
IOP treatment typically lasts for six to eight weeks, though this may vary depending on your teen’s individual progress. This program is often a lower level of care than a partial hospitalization program, and we will monitor your teen’s progress toward their goals regularly, updating you along the way. In addition to attending IOP sessions, your teen also has the option of engaging in individual therapy service and medication management with Beyond Healthcare. Families participate in family therapy sessions during IOP in order to improve communication and resolve day-to-day obstacles together.
Ohio Mental Health Services for Adolescents and Teens
We help adolescents and teens aged 11-17 manage their mental health, but we want your family to receive any and all support we can offer for mental health conditions. Our learners go through a comprehensive psychiatric assessment that not only identifies challenges but finds strengths-based approaches that the whole family can use. Treatment is always individualized and can include many different aspects like:
- Individual therapy
- Group therapy
- Family therapy
- Experiential therapy
- Additional specialized services as needed
Contact us online or by calling 833.698.0453 and ask for more details about any of our programs, and find out how we can begin creating a comprehensive plan for your adolescent or teen that will have a lasting effect on their mental health, as well as your own.