Clark Memorial Intensive Outpatient Therapy (IOP) is a structured group therapy program that offers comprehensive care for patients age 18 and older struggling with behavioral, mental or chemical dependency conditions. IOP is designed to promote healing and lasting recovery in a less restrictive level of care than inpatient or residential treatment.
Intensive Outpatient Therapy is available for patients with conditions such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and chemical dependency. Patients are commonly referred to IOP through the Clark Memorial emergency room, family doctors, inpatient units, insurance companies, friends and self-referrals.
No two individuals are the same. That’s why we tailor treatment plans based on your needs. This may include individual or group therapy, family involvement and medication management. As our sessions are intensive, we request participants plan to attend 3-hour sessions, 3 days per week. Our experienced team supports you through every step, helping you measure and celebrate your success, while adjusting as needed to help meet and achieve your goals.
It’s normal to have questions about what to expect when you join the Clark Memorial Intensive Outpatient Therapy program. We’re happy to fill you in on any details.
You will schedule an appointment with a Clark Memorial Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). During this intake appointment, your LCSW will ask you a number of questions about your symptoms. This may include questions about any trauma you’ve experienced, medications you’re taking or have taken, diet and nutrition, family interactions, and any other factors that may affect your ability to function on a daily basis.
Once your assessment is complete, your LCSW will talk to you about next steps.
If admitted to IOP, the patient and LCSW will develop a treatment plan tailored to specific goals and objectives. Progress towards these goals will be measured and adjusted as needed.
Your psychiatrist may suggest medication to help you manage your daily symptoms.
A multidisciplinary team of Clark Memorial behavioral health specialists leads these supportive sessions. Our goal during these sessions is to help you learn new coping skills and to provide a supportive environment for you to engage with others who may have similar experiences.
Individual sessions are time for you to meet one-on-one with a therapist. These sessions are in a confidential setting and help you address any issues of concern.
In most cases, family involvement in treatment can be extremely helpful. This is a time for family members to become educated about mental health and chemical dependency issues. Through the education process, family members learn new ways to assist you with your recovery. This time is also reserved to safely and respectfully address any damage the family unit has experienced.
On your first day of IOT, plan to attend group therapy and a medication management appointment with a psychiatrist. You will then choose 3 days of the week that you can attend on a consistent basis. You will receive medication management approximately 1 time per month with consistent therapy meetings.
Typically, patients remain in IOP for 8-10 weeks, or longer depending on the individual’s progress and needs. An after-care plan that includes individual outpatient therapy and continuing medication management will be developed before you graduate from the program.