Sometimes a more intensive level of counseling care is needed than can be provided in a traditional outpatient counseling setting, which typically involves meeting one-on-one with a counselor, for about one hour per week. When more care is needed, Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOPs) can provide a higher level of services.
Intensive Outpatient Programs consist of group sessions typically held three to four days a week for about three hours per day, with an average group size of about 8-12 members. They may also involve individual and family therapy sessions, which may be held outside of the normally scheduled group times.
The comprehensive nature of a higher model of care in an IOP, along with a higher frequency of sessions, allows for improved client outcomes but also creates the flexibility for clients to remain in the community and avoid residential programming. This will allow clients to continue working and living in their own homes. The program also includes supportive services for families and aftercare services following completion of the program.
Many insurance plans cover intensive outpatient services. Please contact us at 800.438.1772 so we can walk you through the process and review your insurance and payment options.
The ARMOR Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) for teens provides focused, time-limited, group-based treatment for a variety of mental health issues. (ARMOR stands for Assertive Relationships, Mindful Openness, and Regulation.) Our program is designed for teens seeking clinically proven and effective skills and resources to more successfully manage their depression, anxiety, trauma, or other serious mental health conditions.
Teens in our ARMOR IOP will learn emotion- and behavior-regulation strategies, skills to build and strengthen relationships, and techniques for the management of psychologically distressing situations. Our program integrates evidence-based counseling techniques with a Christian perspective to support clients both emotionally and spiritually.
ARMOR is appropriate for adolescents 14-17 struggling with anxiety, depression, bipolar, schizophrenia, or borderline personality disorder, and other mental wellness challenges affecting their everyday life. Intensive outpatient programming benefits an individual who may be looking for a lower level of care if stepping down from partial hospitalization or inpatient, or for an adolescent who has regressed or plateaued in the traditional outpatient counseling setting.
We recognize that the ARMOR program is a large investment of time for the client and may mean lost time in school. However, for many of the clients we serve, their mental health diagnoses are affecting their lives to the point where their functioning and performance at school is suffering. We understand that many parents worry about whether their child will be able to catch up when they return to school full time.
We encourage school counselors, who support admission to the ARMOR program, to work with parents to ease these worries and create a plan for how their child will attend the ARMOR program without it having a negative effect on their long-term grades. We are also happy to work with school staff to create this plan as needed. We strongly believe that investing time in the ARMOR program will help each client grow and learn new skills that will help them be more effective in every aspect of their lives, including school.
Each staff member at Christian Family Solutions has an extensive background in treating those with depression and anxiety issues and brings unique experience to the group setting.