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What is an Intensive Outpatient Program?
An Intensive Outpatient Program or IOP is a level of care that enables patients to continue receiving support while having more freedom during the day to work or take care of personal obligations. IOP programs are one step down from the PHP level of care, but more intensive than standard outpatient mental health treatment. Patients participating in an Intensive Outpatient Program still receive intensive therapy but have the freedom to resume some aspects of regular daily living – which makes it a nice “middle ground” if aligned with one’s mental illness acuity.
Intensive Outpatient Program participants generally visit the treatment facility for group therapy sessions 3 times a week for 3 hours a time and engage in 1 individual session per week. Patients in Mental Health IOP often choose to stay in supportive housing if they don’t live nearby or desire extra structure during treatment. We recommend being honest in your assessment of your needs and asking us for advice when deciding where to stay during IOP.
The SBMHC Intensive Outpatient Program
The SBMHC Intensive Outpatient program is a step-down from Partial Hospitalization. When clinically appropriate, patients advance to this phase of treatment after PHP or if their level of acuity warrants direct admission into IOP. During this phase, patients undergo the appropriate combination of group, individual, and family therapy.
- Patients put new skills and thinking to use in the “real world.”
- Step-down from PHP.
- Clinical groups 3 hours per session, 3 times a week (both in-person and virtual offered).
- One individual therapy session per week.
- One family therapy session per week (Family Night).
- Ongoing medical and psychiatric support.
Our goal at the Sylvia Brafman Intensive Outpatient Program is to correctly diagnose and treat mental health disorders. Truly exemplary mental health treatment accomplishes more than this, however. A great mental health IOP will also empower the patient with the knowledge needed to manage their condition effectively and the insight to continue their growth and progress after treatment has concluded.
We see our Intensive Outpatient Program as an intermediate layer between the more immersive Partial Hospitalization Program phase and standard weekly outpatient or telehealth sessions. Mental health IOPs like ours, which use evidence-based modalities of care, have been proven effective in clinical research.
More About The Sylvia Brafman Mental Health Center’s IOP
A natural progression following the successful completion of PHP treatment, our IOP aims to build upon the progress made earlier in treatment and flush out concepts and ideas with the benefit of patients’ real-world experience. For many patients, this will be the first time they have ever received immersive mental health treatment of this caliber while putting principles to the test simultaneously.
The IOP experience allows patients to see their recovery and growth applied in practical ways. They get a chance to apply new perspectives and insight to old problems and try a different approaches. For at least 9 hours per week (3 hours x 3 days) they continue therapy at SBMHC in the evenings, with both in-person and hybrid options offered. The remainder of their time is spent re-engaging with life – advancing personal relationships, career or educational goals, and incorporating additional wellness practices. Those enrolled in the Career Launch Program often continue that simultaneously, and often find themselves gaining meaningful employment during this phase of treatment.
What Makes the Sylvia Brafman Mental Health Center’s IOP Unique?
Our treatment approach is as unique as our patients and their needs. No two patients arrive with the same set of challenges. Therefore, no two patients will have the same experience here. Whether you come to us with depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder or a SUD with a co-occurring disorder, we are ready to change your life. People enter our mental health IOP with different goals in mind. A large part of our job is to help them become healthy and centered and equip them with the tools they need to achieve those goals.
Here is more of what makes us truly special and unique in the field of mental health treatment:
- Co-founder and Chief Clinical Officer Ben Brafman is widely recognized as a thought leader and authority on mental health treatment.
- Co-founder and CEO has recovered from mental illness and substance abuse and has been in the shoes of our patients.
- We aren’t limited by conventional treatment thinking – we employ outside-the-box, thoughtful clinical techniques.
- Passion and authenticity – we aren’t an ordinary, run-of-the-mill Intensive Outpatient Program – and this realness resonates with patients and families.
- Our focus is on getting the right diagnosis. We are interested in causes and conditions more than symptoms – we recognize mental health as dynamic.
- We are small and intimate, focused on community and human connection. You will always feel seen and heard as a patient here.
- We are family-oriented, welcoming loved ones to be involved every step of the way – especially during our weekly Family Night.
Building a Foundation
Effective, evidence-based mental health treatment begins with accurate diagnosis and treatment. We help our IOP patients better understand themselves and their disorders, continue to grow in effectiveness, feel better overall, and take steps toward applying what they’ve learned on a day-to-day basis. Even more importantly, we help them build a foundation for healthy living before stepping down to outpatient treatment. Instilling them with knowledge and healthy coping tools will serve them for a lifetime.
Forging Mental Wellness and Recovery
Our IOP empowers patients to exercise their new perspectives in everyday life. You might think of it as ‘stress testing’ your recovery. The Intensive Outpatient Program offers an exceptional way to do this while receiving support along the way. Patients can return to everyday life situations where they will be exposed to stressors and potential triggers. However, this happens while they are still within the safety and structure of our program. This not only tests their progress but enables them to bring real-world problems back into the therapeutic space for solutions.
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