Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)

Our IOPs is most effective when looked at as:

  • A preventative measure of early intervention in a less restrictive environment before needing a higher level-of-care in a more restrictive environment
  • Additional support for clients who have not responded to outpatient counseling or their interventions, such as behavior contracts.
  • A transitional level-of-care from a higher intensity of services (such as In-patient, Residential Treatment, or Day Programs)

The figure below is a general representation of some of the points that exist on the behavioral health continuum of care and where the services fall on that scale of service intensity.

The Pyramid Family Behavioral Healthcare Program is offered Tuesday thru Thursday, for 3 hours each day, from 1-4pm for adults and 5:30-8:30pm for adolescents, three days per week with a minimum duration of 20 sessions over an eight week period. The program will primarily focus on Mood Disorders and Substance Abuse only when secondary; Rule-out criteria will be Thought Disorders, Conduct Disorders, Organic Disorders, and Substance Abuse as a Primary diagnosis. The first two weeks are considered an assessment period to assure clinical and program fit.

The program will target mood, cognitions, relational dynamics, and psychophysiological symptoms. The mood component consists of learning to identify and express feelings, finding safe and appropriate outlets for avoided feelings, and improved distress tolerance. The cognitive facet of the program assists in developing problem-solving skills, assertiveness training, and anxiety and anger management through identifying effective coping skills and strategies to overcome perceptual errors, negative self-talk, and disputing irrational thought patterns.

Relational dynamics are addressed through identifying consistent maladaptive themes within relationships with others that impact the ability to form meaningful connections and communicate effectively. The psychophysiological element of the program focuses on the mind-body response to distress and helps the client develop ways to manage these manifestations that may otherwise exacerbate their distress.

The program will utilize a variety of modalities such as CBT, DBT, Mindfulness, skills development, gender specific groups, offered through experiential, psychoeducational, and interpersonal process groups. Group sizes and caseloads will max at 8 clients through a case management model.

The Wednesday sessions will be “Family Nights” and one group will be ran by the Medical Director for the parents as a part of that night’s programming. Parents will be invited to participate in treatment planning sessions and provided a curriculum to follow while the client is in treatment to offer more insight into their child’s behavior and identify parenting strategies.