Psychiatry and Psychological Services: Intensive Outpatient Program

Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP) at Children's are available for youth with eating disorders or suicidal behaviors. IOP is less intensive than hospitalization or day treatment, and is more appropriate for youth who may need more than weekly treatment.

IOP services for earting disorders are provided on the Legacy campus. The program offers a unique group therapy approach for patients and families struggling with eating disorders.

The goals of the intensive outpatient program is to provide patients and families with knowledge, resources and support to assist them with successful functioning in everyday life. Patients and families will participate in a four hour program, two days a week. Each unique program consists of individual, family, and group therapy, medication management and additional support services, including art and music therapy. Nutritional consultation and therapeutic dinner are a part of every patient's treatment plan in the eating disorders intensive outpatient program.

The Suicide Prevention and Resilience at Children's (SPARC) IOP services are provided at the Chase Bank Building Specialty Services. SPARC is an evidence-based program designed to target risk factors associated with suicide in teens. Patients participate in group therapy 3 hours per day, 2 days per week, and attend individual and /or family therapy in conjunction with IOP. Parents also attend a parent group, one hour per week, to learn the skills their teens are learning in group medication management and other services. Length of time in IOP is based on individual need and is usually between 3 to 6 weeks. Patients attending the SPARC IOP are referred from their current treatment providers ( psychiatrist or therapist).