Intensive outpatient treatment is for people who need more assistance than occasional therapy or psychiatry appointments but do not meet criteria for hospitalization, or have recently been hospitalized and want to develop a sense of structure to get back to everyday living.
IOP includes 24 sessions, meeting every Monday through Thursday over the span of six consecutive weeks.
You will be asked to reflect and share how coping skills have helped you day-to-day. However, we recommend refraining from giving too much detail that may distract the group or share graphic details of past traumatic experiences.
Yes, most people continue to work while attending IOP. We encourage you to talk to your employer about balancing IOP and work. Your wellbeing is your first priority. Talk to your supervisor about accommodating your work schedule or reducing work hours during enrollment in the program.
No, IOP does not complete disability paperwork. This paperwork should be provided by your psychiatrist or primary care physician.
No, IOP does not handle medication management. Please discuss medication management with your psychiatrist or individual therapist. IOP is designed to supplement medication management by helping you engage in safe and healthy coping behaviors.
IOP teaches you how to cope with anxiety, trauma, depression or substance abuse in a group setting. However, it is important to have a place where you can share difficult experiences and process your emotions in private. If you do not have a therapist, IOP can provide resources and referrals.