About the Intensive Outpatient Program

The Intensive Outpatient Program is a 20-session multi-family program for preteens and adolescents (ages 11-17) that utilizes dialectal behavioral therapy and cognitive behavioral models.

Who is the Intensive Outpatient Program for?

The Intensive Outpatient Program is for parents and children who need more support than traditional weekly outpatient services for symptoms, including self-injurious behavior, anxiety, depression, conflict within the family relationship, impulsiveness, or explosive behavior. If you think your child is showing such symptoms, please call our 24/7 acute crisis line at 1-512-324-0029 to speak with a licensed counselor, who is qualified to understand your current situation and direct you to the appropriate services.

If you think your child is in mental health crisis and might harm themselves or others, please call 9-1-1 or go to the nearest emergency room.

What can I expect to get out of the Intensive Outpatient Program?

Together, children and their parents will learn communication skills, anger management, positive coping, mental health education, and behaviors that enhance family relationships.

Program component includes:

  • Help recognizing personal strengths and problem areas
  • Developing and/or improving use of healthy coping skills
  • Identifying, challenging, and modifying distorted thoughts and beliefs
  • Improving ability to problem solve and cope with emotional crises
  • Improving communication skills
  • Setting immediate and long-term goals
  • Completing structured homework assignments
  • Developing an effective aftercare plan
  • Dialectical behavioral therapy core skills and other descriptions

Group component includes:

  • Multi-family groups (at least one parent is required to attend with their preteen or adolescent)
  • Child-only groups
  • Parent-only groups

All groups meet once a week in the evening. Times and days vary, so please contact us at 1-512-324-0029 for more information.

For more information on our Pediatric Psychiatry outpatient program for preteens and adolescents or to schedule an assessment to determine the level of care that is right for your child and your family, please call us at 1-512-324-0029 or email us at childrensmentalhealth@ascension.org.