Intensive Outpatient Program for Adolescents

Our high school Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) focuses on adolescents between the ages of 14 and 18 who are experiencing emotional and/or behavioral issues, family conflicts and difficulties meeting school and social expectations. We emphasize problem-solving and coping skills, emotional expression, learning how emotions and actions work together, and identifying behavioral and social disturbances.

The adolescent IOP is a weekday, after-school program that provides comprehensive assessment, therapeutic structure and support within a group-therapy format. Clients typically participate in IOP three times per week for 8 to 12 weeks.

Important Notes:

  • The program sessions are currently conducted via telehealth. In-person sessions will be returning in the coming months.
  • Programs for middle school and grade school will be launching soon. Please call for details and pre-registration.

Program Goals:

  • Increase problem-solving and coping skills.
  • Identify and change negative behavior patterns.
  • Improve family and peer interactions.
  • Improve emotional expression and school performance.
  • Build an understanding of how emotions and actions work together by learning behavioral alternatives.

Is IOP therapy right for your child?

Intensive outpatient programs are best for teens who struggle with emotional and behavioral health challenges to the point where daily functioning is impaired. This level of therapy often benefits teens who exhibit one or more of the following:

  • Struggling in school and experiencing a drop in academic performance.
  • Having difficulties with interpersonal skills and social skills development.
  • Losing interest in activities they once enjoyed.
  • Experiencing frequent or persistent negative moods (i.e., anxiety, irritability, depression, or hopelessness).
  • Changes in sleeping and/or eating patterns.
  • Trouble concentrating.
  • Having thoughts about self-injurious behavior or suicidal or homicidal thoughts.
  • Experiencing bullying.
  • Being discharged from an inpatient or partial-day program and looking for further support, or currently in outpatient therapy but needing greater support.

What IOP therapy will do for your child and parents?

  • Provide short-term stabilization for your child.
  • Improve children’s emotional and behavioral functioning so they can be more successful in community activities and with peer relationships.
  • Enhance family functioning to support developmentally appropriate behaviors and improve parent-child relationships.
  • Provide referrals to community activities that will allow children to practice their new skills and resume developmental tasks.
  • Partner with families to improve ability to advocate for their children and to collaborate with schools and community organizations.

Referrals and Patient Inquiries – please call 203.871.4188

Calls will be followed-up within 24 hours, Monday-Thursday.

Program Hours

  • Intensive Outpatient Programs: Mondays – Fridays 3:30 – 6:00 pm.
  • Patients are scheduled to attend 3 days per week.

Program Medical Leaders: 

Sarah Beard, LCSW
Director of Children’s Services for BHcare and Operational Leader for the Children’s IOP Services

Julie Falcone, LCSW
Child and Adolescent Intensive Outpatient Program Supervisor