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Intensive Treatment for OCD, School Refusal, and Anxiety Related Disorders

At the Child and Adult Anxiety Centers at EBTCS, we know that not everyone benefits from traditional weekly outpatient therapy, which is why we offer an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) to better meet our client’s needs. Our IOP program is designed for children and adults with severe to very severe OCD, school refusal, and other anxiety disorders.

The goal of intensive treatment is to provide a focused, highly structured and individualized therapy. Intensive treatment is considered appropriate when someone cannot function at their optimal level; for instance, when they cannot go to school, work, or participate in social / family activities. At times, intensive treatment is not sufficient and in that case, inpatient or residential treatment outside of EBTCS would be recommended. Other times, we may recommend intensive outpatient treatment for individuals as a way to transition from a residential or inpatient treatment program.

Options for Intensive Outpatient Treatment at the Child and Adult Anxiety Centers at EBTCS

We offer three primary levels of intensive treatment – approximately 10, 20, or 30 intervention hours per week with a team of experts. Each treatment plan is designed to individually fit the client’s symptoms and overall treatment needs.

Level 1: In level 1 IOP, the client can expect to spend approximately 10 hours per week in treatment. A typical treatment plan might include 2-3 hours per week with the primary individual therapist and 3-6 hours per week with an exposure therapist or participating in family therapy or parent coaching. Our centers offer in-house psychiatry services as needed to facilitate exposure treatment. A typical treatment course is 4-8 weeks.

Level 2: In level 2 IOP, the client can expect to spend approximately 20 hours per week in treatment. A typical treatment plan might include 2-5 hours a week with the primary individual therapist, 5-10 hours a week with the exposure therapist or participating in family therapy or parent coaching. Additionally, they will participate in psychiatry appointments. A typical treatment course is 4-12 weeks.

Level 3: In level 3 IOP, the client can expect to spend approximately 30 hours per week in treatment. A typical treatment plan might include 5-7 hours a week with the primary individual therapist and 5-20 hours a week with the exposure therapist, participating in family therapy or parent coaching. They will also work with the in-house psychiatrist. A typical treatment course is 6-20 weeks.

Telehealth and In-home Services

For clients whose OCD is so severe that it is difficult to come to the center, we also offer telehealth services and in-home treatment as needed. Your therapist can provide more information about engaging in therapy or medication management via videoconferencing.

If you are interested in learning more about our range of IOP programs, please contact Madeline Johnson, IOP Coordinator, at 206-374-0109.