Welcome to the Intensive Outpatient Program for Mental Health at Northwest Behavioral Health. For adults and adolescents (12-17 years of age) who are experiencing increased symptoms, behavioral disturbances or other conditions negatively impacting mental and behavioral function in their daily lives.

Program Objectives

Our Intensive Outpatient Program focuses on the needs of adults and adolescents with emotional or behavioral issues. The goal of the program is to help identify strategies adults and adolescents can use to better cope with the challenges they face.

  • Learn from others and gain support
  • Increase use of healthy coping skills
  • Improve relationships
  • Learn to manage anger
  • Decrease self-harming behaviors
  • Increase positive sense of self
  • Improve communication skills
  • Rediscover positive patterns of thinking and living

Program Designed for You

  • A licensed clinician assists you through your program to help you determine your treatment goals and will review them with you on a periodic basis.
  • A Psychiatrist/Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner completes a psychiatric assessment and prescribes medication, if indicated.
  • Individuals meet in group therapy for a minimum of three hours each session 3-4 days a week. Services take place in a group setting to allow individuals to learn from others, gain support and accomplish their recovery goals.
  • Therapeutic topics include skills learning, emotional processing, activity therapy and expressive therapies. Individual therapy is also provided and family therapy is highly encouraged when applicable
  • IOP typically lasts 6-8 weeks, but exact length depends on your treatment goals.

What to Expect During Your Program

  • Group size of 10-12 participants to give everyone a chance to participate, feel safe and be heard
  • Groups facilitated by a licensed clinician utilizing an evidenced-based curriculum to help you achieve desired treatment outcomes
  • Practice exercises to assist you in developing new skills
  • Weekly treatment team meetings with a licensed clinician to discuss your progress towards your goals
  • Appointments with the Psychiatrist/Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner as identified in your treatment plan or when requested
  • Individual and family therapy as identified in your treatment plan or when requested
  • To feel safe and respected