Intensive Outpatient Program

The Next Step Behavioral Health is pleased to be able to provide an Intensive Outpatient Program working with the complex needs of individuals and families. This unique program provides a targeted curriculum to help those that are experiencing a high level of distress that cannot be resolved through traditional treatment approaches. 

All programs rely heavily on a Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Curriculum.  Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) is a state-of-the-art, evidence-based form of cognitive behavioral therapy for individuals who experience significant trouble managing their emotions, thoughts and behaviors.

In order to more effectively manage intense emotions that can lead to impulsive decision-making and problematic behaviors, clients participating in DBT learn how to practice mindfulness — fully being present in the moment and focusing on one thing at a time, without judgment — along with new problem-solving skills. When mindful awareness is combined with effective problem-solving skills, sensitive and emotionally reactive teenagers have the tools to respond flexibly to difficult and stressful life experiences.

This approach has helped individuals who struggle with any or all of the following:

• Impulsive/disruptive behaviors
• Frequent mood swings
• Self-injurious and suicidal behaviors
• Depression and anxiety
• Family and peer conflict
• Anger outbursts
• Eating disordered behaviors
• Drug or alcohol abuse
• Poor coping skills

Equine Assisted Treatment

Equine Therapy is a form of experiential therapy that emphasizes the interactions between our clients and horses with a counselor and handler present. Equine Therapy involves our clients engaging in activities such as riding, equestrian vaulting, and horsemanship with the horses that allows them to explore and process connected thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Sessions are about self-discovery, self-relations and having fun with horses. Our therapists work with our clients during the activity and after in order to identify behavior patterns and process thoughts and emotions. Equine therapy helps our clients develop self-confidence, self-control, accountability, responsibility, and self-confidence. It also allows for an innovative setting where our clients and therapists work to assess and treat a range of emotional and behavioral challenges.

Anticipated Outcomes

1.  Understanding, managing and regulating emotions

2. Tolerating distress and crises without making problems bigger

3. Maintaining satisfying relationships with others

4. Increasing self-awareness, expanding one’s ability to recognize alternative points of view and managing emotional situations

5. Increasing problem-solving skills, learning validation and effectively managing differences of opinion with others

About Treatment

Duration of Care: 18-36 Sessions 

Age Range: 5 and above

Components of Care: 

Group Therapy: Client are engaged in a three (3) hour group therapy session up to three (3) times per week.  

Individual Therapy: All clients will receive an individual therapy session x 1 per week 

Family Counseling: All children and adolescents will receive a family therapy session x 1 per week.

Multi-Family Group: A family member must attend a multi-family group therapy session on a weekly basis for all children and adolescents enrolled in IOP.  

Equine Assisted Therapy: On a weekly basis participants may be asked to meet off campus to engage in equine assisted treatment as an added component of care

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