Our intensive outpatient program (IOP) is for adolescents and teens ages 12-18 who are experiencing moderate to severe mental health symptoms such as anxiety, depression, mood swings or behavioral problems. At The Light Program, we tailor our adolescent groups between two age groups: young teens (12-14) and older teens (14-18).

The goal of our younger teen IOP is to create a safe and supportive environment to address specific issues around the unique experience of transitioning into adolescence. A therapeutic group with similar aged peers increases the likelihood of engagement and positive treatment outcomes. Specific topics include but are not limited to bullying, conflicts in familial and peer relationships, emotional disturbances as well as an overall increase in independence and responsibilities.

The goal of our older teen IOP is to provide support for those teens who are struggling with mental health symptoms to the point where daily functioning is impaired. This level of therapy often benefits teens who exhibit one or more of the following: struggling in school and experiencing a drop in academic performance, losing interest in activities they once enjoyed, experiencing frequent or persistent negative moods (i.e. anxiety, irritability, depression or hopelessness), changes in sleeping and/or eating patterns, trouble concentrating, having suicidal or homicidal thoughts, or experiencing bullying.

These IOP groups provide more support and structure than teen outpatient counseling. This makes them an appropriate next step for adolescents who have completed a partial hospitalization program, residential treatment or inpatient psychiatric care. Alternatively, teens can participate in IOP groups before trying a higher level of care.

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Is IOP Therapy Right for My Child?

To determine if The Light Program’s teen intensive outpatient program is right for your child, talk to an intake specialist today. Or, for more information about our teen intensive programming, your are welcome to contact a member of our adolescent services staff.

Jessica Lyman, Assistant Director of Adolescent Services
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (215) 292-5261

Gina D’Emilio, Community Liaison
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (856) 230-5205