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Department of Psychiatry

Department of Psychology
 

Intensive Outpatient Psychiatry


 

This program serves children and adolescents with a broad array of psychiatric problems and their families, including:

    • patients with emotional and behavioral disorders who have been recently discharged from inpatient units or day treatment programs
    • youth who have presented to the emergency room recently for psychiatric issues
    • youth who are not responding adequately to routine outpatient services and need a higher level of care

The multi-disciplinary team includes Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists and Psychologists, Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Certified Mental Health Workers, Psychiatric Registered Nurses, Psychiatric Advanced Practice Nurses and Creative Arts Therapists.

IOP offers Initial Psychosocial Assessments, Multi-family Group/Creative Arts Therapy and Psychosocial Skills Building Workshops. Anger management, relaxation, social skills and parent effectiveness training are among the skill sets covered. Medication clinics are also available to patients enrolled in IOP.

The Intensive Outpatient Psychiatry (IOP) Program offers two different programs for children with anxiety disorders and those with general disorders (such as mood or disruptive behavior disorders). Both programs were developed by the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at The Children's Hospital, Colorado.

 

This program serves youth ages 8 to 18. It is targeted toward kids with anxiety disorders who are stepping down from higher to lower levels of care, or those who have not been successful with routine outpatient treatment. It is also well-suited for youth experiencing symptoms of anxiety with a recent need for urgent or emergent psychiatric assessment.

The IOP Program for Anxiety Disorders is staffed by a multidisciplinary team of experts who specialize in the treatment of anxiety disorders in youth. As part of the program, we conduct a comprehensive assessment, psycho-education, exposure training, creative arts therapies and skills training.

Skills training for children and adolescents includes:

    • Relaxation
    • Somatic monitoring
    • Cognitive restructuring
    • Exposure training

Skills training for parents includes:

    • Anxiety-management strategies
    • Psycho-education about anxiety

 

The General IOP Program serves youth with mood or disruptive behavior disorders. Similar to the anxiety disorders program, the General IOP Program is also geared toward kids who are stepping down from higher levels of care, or patients who have not been successful with outpatient treatment. It is well suited to serve youth with a recent need for an urgent or emergent psychiatric assessment.

The general program is staffed by a multidisciplinary team of experts who specialize in the treatment of disruptive and mood disorders in youth and their families. Components include a psychosocial assessment, psycho-education, psychosocial skills training, parent effectiveness training and creative arts therapies.

Skills training for children and adolescents includes:

    • Social skills 
    • Relaxation
    • Anger management
    • Cognitive restructuring

Skills training for parents includes:

    • Parent Effectiveness Training for parents of children
    • Parent Effectiveness Training for parents of adolescents

 

Kelly Caywood

Mary Cook, MD

Lina Patel, PsyD

Tami Roblek, PhD

Jason Williams, PsyD, MS Ed

 

How can I get a medication consultation for my child?

Immediate access to medication consultation and management is offered at Children's, although it is not included in this IOP program. For more information about medication, please call (720) 777-6200.

Learn more about Children's IOP Programs

For more information about either the Anxiety Disorders or General IOP Program, or to request an evaluation, please call (720) 777-6200.