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Adolescent Intensive Outpatient Programming

Desert Mountain Outpatient Services

Similar to our PHP program, the Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) offers group therapy services for individuals experiencing increased symptoms, behavioral disturbances or other conditions negatively impacting mental and behavioral function in their daily lives, but at in a less supervised structure. Patients meet for three hours each session with three sessions per week. Successful graduates from the program completed between eight and 12 weeks (21 and 24 sessions) within IOP. Group sessions are facilitated by a masters-level therapist and supervised by the clinical director.

Therapeutic topics include skills learning, emotional processing, activity therapy and expressive therapies. Services take place in a group setting to allow youth to learn from others, gain support and accomplish their recovery goals. We address their health and wellness needs within a positive and affirming environment.

Goals include stress management, distress tolerance, decreasing self-harm, improving relationships and interpersonal skills, expanding effective and healthy social and communication skills, increasing knowledge about physical and emotional wellness, developing skills to cope without substances, increasing self-confidence and self-esteem and more.

What to Expect During Treatment

  • Participants in the Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) are involved in the program three hours a session, three sessions per week.
  • During programming, each person receives:

    One time

    • Orientation to the program for the youth and their family members
    • Treatment planning and updates
    • Discharge planning with community and medical referrals


    • Coordination of care with general, psychiatric, therapy and specialty providers
    • Assessment of progress and needs


    • Life skills development with a BHT
    • Session with a psychiatric provider
    • Family meeting a with therapist


    • Multi-family support meeting with therapists

Therapy Group Topics Include:

  • Emotion regulation
  • Mindfulness and distress tolerance
  • Harm reduction and suicide prevention
  • Interpersonal skills development
  • Social media management (cyber bullying, healthy online relationships)
  • Healthy relationships (communication, dating, sexuality, cycle of violence)
  • Vaping cessation and harm reduction/vape education
  • Psychoeducational group topics:
    • Time management
    • Budgeting
    • Self-advocacy
    • Medication education
  • Job coaching: applying, interviewing, job interests


Help and Hope are a Call Away

Our admissions office provides no-cost assessment services 24/7. If you or someone you know is struggling and may be in need of treatment at Palo Verde Behavioral Health, don’t hesitate to call 520-322-2888 today.