What is an IOP?
An IOP provides short-term, intensive treatment for teens struggling with anxiety and/or depression which is significantly impacting their daily lives. Group therapy teaches coping skills and is the primary treatment, along with psychiatric and family therapy. Group members provide feedback and normalize teen’s experiences and provide a safe space to practice these skills. Teens participate nine hours a week – three hours a day, three days a week – over the course of six to eight weeks. This program is the next step when weekly therapy and medication is not enough. The goals are to return teens to their regular activities and keep them out of higher levels of care, like the hospital, residential or wilderness treatments.