Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Evolve Intensive Outpatient Program?

At the intensive outpatient level of care, teens receive a half-day of professional treatment at Evolve, but continue to live at home and go to school. The intensive outpatient approach is an effective alternative to residential or partial hospitalization programs, and may be appropriate for teenagers who need more structure than a typical outpatient program or private psychotherapy.

How often will my teen receive treatment?

The IOP level of care provides teens with three hours of treatment, three to five days a week.

How many hours per day will my teen receive treatment?

Teens receive an average of three hours of treatment per day, not including complementary experiential therapy activities such as art, music, equine therapy, exercise, nature hikes, outdoor excursions, and off-site field trips.

What’s they typical length of treatment?

The length of treatment varies for each individual and depends on a variety of factors. A typical length for intensive outpatient care is around 60 days.

What are the goals of IOP?

Our goal across all levels of care is to give our teenagers the tools to lead a healthy lifestyle when they choose to. We work to make them whole again and provide them with the coping skills they need most. We help them reintegrate into their families, schools, and society-at-large.

Many teens come to us in a great deal of pain and misery. They’re overwhelmed, hopeless, and barely staying afloat. We help ease their suffering, lead them back toward hope, and rediscover the joy of living. We give them strategies to regulate emotions, respond positively to conflict, and manage their self-defeating behaviors so they can build a life worth living—a life they enjoy, filled with things they love.

In the words of our clinical director Dr. Lauren Kerwin, we give teens practical tools in the following four areas:

  1. Stress tolerance and management. We teach our teens how to handle the difficulties of life.
  2. Emotional regulation. We teach our teens to manage or change emotions when they need to.
  3. Interpersonal relationships. We teach our teens both the importance of, and how to, get along with people.
  4. Self-acceptance. We teach our teens to be mindful of where they are in the moment, without judgment.

What kind of teen benefits from IOP?

If they show the willingness to learn, grow, and change, they’ll benefit from this program. We do especially well with teens who’ve failed in other treatment situations, but still want to heal. We welcome any teenager committed to learning the skills it takes to change ineffective, problematic behaviors to effective, life-affirming behaviors. The Intensive Outpatient Level of care is designed for teens who need more support than weekly psychotherapy, and may be appropriate for teens transitioning from a residential or partial hospitalization program.

What teens are not appropriate for IOP?

While each teenager is unique and it’s impossible to accurately assign a level of care without meeting and assessing a teen and their family, we can safely say our IOP program is probably not a good option for an individual who has never received any treatment at all for mental health, addiction, or behavioral issues.