The Adolescent Intensive Outpatient Program (A-IOP) at Florida Counseling and Evaluation Services is a structured after-school program specifically designed for adolescents ages 13 through 17.
Program Highlights and Services:
- Complete individual evaluation
- Individualized treatment plans addressing therapeutic needs
- Psychological and educational testing (as needed)
- Group therapy and behavior modification activities
- Psycho-educational groups
- Cognitive-behavioral (CBT) therapy-influenced skills training
- Individual and family therapy (as needed)
The program meets 3 days a week: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm at our Southside office on Philips Highway.
The goal of the A-IOP at Florida Counseling and Evaluation Services is to provide an intensive level of care and services to participants suitable for outpatient treatment in order to prevent hospitalization or readmission to hospital. Our program also provides step-down services to hospitalized youths as a transition to outpatient care. When necessary, our program can also serve as the first point of contact and service for youths who need crisis stabilization and assistance with finding outpatient services for long-term psychotherapy.
The A-IOP serves adolescents who have increased psychiatric symptoms attributable to mood disorders, disruptive behavior disorders, anxiety disorders, and substance-use disorders. Many of our participants have one or more of the following:
Marked changes in emotions and behaviors
Thoughts of self-harm
Impulsive or aggressive behavior
Changes in speech or thinking
School difficulties, including an overall decline in performance
Substance use or abuse symptoms (often occurring simultaneously with other mood disorder symptoms)
The A-IOP is designed for adolescents who may not require inpatient psychiatric hospitalization or a partial hospital program (PHP), yet need more than one or two outpatient psychotherapy visits per week. Two alternating tracks are offered at Florida Counseling and Evaluation Services to meet specific individual and family needs.
This track is appropriate for adolescents whose drug or alcohol use or abuse is interfering with normal activities of daily living, including personal safety, achievements, school performance, and healthy family communication. Topics related to substance use and abuse are explored and addressed through group therapy and psycho-education using an evidenced-based approach to treatment and relapse-prevention.
Each participant is assigned to a therapist for an individual evaluation, treatment planning, and appropriate in-facility referrals to other services (i.e., psychology or psychiatry). In addition to individual and family sessions, participants work in psychoeducational and process-oriented group therapy, with emphasis on such areas as anger management, problem solving, health promotion, coping skills, social skills, and cognitive-behavioral (CBT)-aligned skills training.
Referrals to this program are typically initiated by psychiatrists, therapists, or inpatient treatment programs. We also encourage parent referrals in order to assist with the best placement and treatment recommendations of adolescents in need of intensive outpatient services.