Many patients who engage in the Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) have been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder, a depressive disorder, or a bipolar disorder, though individuals who struggle with other mental health conditions may be assisted by the IOP level of care as well.
Groups are the fundamental mode of treatment in intensive outpatient program. Group therapy allows patients to share their concerns and insights, learn from the opinions and experiences of others, and practice healthy and productive interpersonal communication skills.
Under the direction of an experienced professional, IOP group sessions are reflective psychodynamic experiences that are designed to assist patients with a greater understanding of their connection with and response to the illnesses that they have been experiencing.
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The specific content of any group will be influenced by the contributions of the patients and professionals who are participating; however, most groups in IOP are organized around a particular topic. The following are among the common topics that may be addressed via group therapy during an individual’s time in IOP
- Grief and loss
- Anger management
- Disease/disorder education
- Medication management
- Communication skills
- Stress management
- Healthy boundaries
- Guilt and shame
Many people who participate in IOP benefit from the prescription of certain medications that alleviate or assist in the management of symptoms related to their mental health disorders. Any IOP participant who fits this description may receive medication management services from licensed independent practitioners (LIP) throughout his or her time in our intensive outpatient program.