Intensive Outpatient Treatment Programs (IOP)

Georgetown Behavioral Health Institute offers Intensive Outpatient Treatment (IOP) programs that serve adults aged 18 or older who do not require or qualify for a traditional inpatient program. Patients are invited to our secure mental health facility to receive continued support and mental health education as they heal within their own homes and communities.

We currently offer two models of psychiatric outpatient care: the traditional Intensive Outpatient Program and a Chemical Dependency Intensive Outpatient Program (CD-IOP). Each group meets three hours a day, three days a week, usually for an eight week period. However, the length of stay depends on a patient’s unique treatment plan.

Outpatient Treatment Program Details

The IOP program was developed to provide comprehensive, concentrated, and time-sensitive intensive outpatient treatment to the Austin and Georgetown areas. The program is available to all adults recovering from mental health or substance abuse and are in need of a supportive, empathetic environment. During the program, patients are encouraged to build healthy coping and recovery skills while receiving education about their underlying mental health concerns.

The IOP program is led by a team of licensed mental health professionals dedicated to the success and growth of our patients. Upon an initial mental health assessment, patients will work in tandem with their treatment team, which can include psychologists, registered nurses, therapists, and counselors. Patients will regularly meet with members of their team to determine, further evaluate, and assess their recovery goals. Upon completion of the program, the patient will meet with their team to receive referrals to mental health services available in their community.

Our mental health professionals are knowledgeable in a range of mental health disorders and topics, including:

  • Depression
  • Mood disorders
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Chronic suicidal ideation
  • Personality disorders
  • Family / interpersonal conflicts
  • Co-occurring disorders
  • Chemical dependency

Intensive Outpatient Treatment Program Benefits

The Georgetown Behavioral Health Institute IOP program is built upon of a foundation of evidence-based psychiatric care that includes group therapy, community resources, and mental health education.

IOP group therapy is designed to help patients build tools and principles of recovery as a significant step down from inpatient care or partial hospitalization, or as part of a much-needed support network. Individuals learn about mental health, substance use and abuse, and how to cope with life’s daily stressors. Group topics include relapse prevention, warning signs, understanding emotions and building self-esteem.

Topics discussed in intensive outpatient therapy groups can also include:

  • Chemical Dependency/IOP Programs for Adults
  • Psychoeducation
  • Mindfulness
  • Distorted Thinking
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Spirituality & Wellness
  • Self-Esteem
  • Grief & Loss
  • Healthy Habits
  • Positive Thinking
  • Relapse Prevention
  • Weekend and Holiday Planning
  • Discharge Planning
  • Step Study
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Stages of Change
  • Distress Tolerance
  • Making Goals
  • Interpersonal Skills

We regularly involve cognitive and behavior therapies (CBT) in our IOP program. The benefits of CBT have been demonstrated for a wide-range of symptoms in adults.

Unlike inpatient programs, IOP allows participants to engage in intensive group therapy three times per week, leaving ample time to maintain school and work responsibilities, or to return to their residence in the evening.



Intensive Outpatient Treatment Program Admissions Criteria

The goal of our IOP is to promote the highest level of functioning of each patient through interactive education groups, co-occurring counseling groups, outside/consultant speaker groups, a family program and aftercare groups.

Admission criteria may include:

  • Age 18 or older
  • Currently suffering from and/or recently diagnosed with a related mental health or substance abuse concern
  • Does not currently qualify for or no longer responds to inpatient hospitalization, partial hospitalization, or individual therapy
  • Has completed inpatient detoxification program (if necessary)

Help is only a phone call away. To schedule a free assessment for our intensive outpatient program or to learn more about outpatient services, please connect with us directly by calling 877-500-9151 or contacting our office online. You are also welcome to visit us directly on campus to meet with with one of our Assessment and Referral clinicians. We look forward to joining you on your journey to optimal health and recovery!