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Intensive Outpatient Psychiatry Programs at Children's Hospital Colorado

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

Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP)
(720) 777-6200


About the Intensive Outpatient Psychiatry Programs at Children’s Hospital Colorado

The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences offers two Intensive Outpatient Psychiatry (IOP) Programs, for youth aged 8 to 17 years old:
  • The General IOP was designed to serve families who have children with varied clinical presentations, including kids who meet criteria for more than one psychiatric condition, across more than one diagnostic domain. 
  • The Anxiety Intensive IOP was designed to serve families who have a child or teen, primarily suffering from anxiety, potentially exhibiting behaviors consistent with Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder or Social Phobia. 

Our treatment strategies are based on the philosophy that helping a child or teen, requires a family based approach. The IOP programs are designed to treat not just the child, but parents and siblings, as well. In addition, our programs are skills-building or strengths-oriented, meaning that our psychotherapies strive to build on existing strengths and foster new psychosocial skills in families. In a nutshell, our approaches derive from the overarching goal of family empowerment.

Our staff and faculty are committed to following evidence-based practice and implementing only approaches that are supported by data and scientific literature. Our programs are invested in assessing outcomes and are designed to continuously examine and improve their components and operations

Why choose Children’s Hospital Colorado for the treatment of this condition?

Children’s Hospital Colorado is the only site in the region equipped to serve children and teens with varied and co-morbid psychiatric concerns at the Intensive Outpatient level of care. Our IOP programs were developed and are headed by experienced, doctorate-level psychiatrists and psychologists, who additionally serve on faculty at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. 

The programs are oriented toward empowering and intervening with whole families and are committed to a family focus.  Additionally, these programs uniquely offer intervention that is delivered in a well-integrated, collaborative, multidisciplinary fashion, where families benefit from the expertise and unique services rendered by psychiatric nurses, clinical social workers, child psychologists, child psychiatrists and mental health counselors. 

Newly admitted children and teens are offered timely access to consultation and follow up with our faculty child psychiatrists. Our IOP is contracted with most private insurances and reimbursed, primarily through commercial managed care companies. (Government insurances do not offer IOP level of care, as a benefit in their plans.)

Specific conditions treated

General Intensive Outpatient Psychiatry Program  
  • Serves children and adolescents, aged 8 to17 years old
  • Serves youth presenting with mixtures of mood and disruptive disorders
  • Serves youth who have failed to respond to routine, outpatient psychiatry services.
  • Serves youth who have recently been discharged from higher levels of care, but are not yet stable enough to be treated at the routine outpatient level treatments
 Anxiety Intensive Outpatient Psychiatry Program 
  • Serves youngsters, aged 8 to17 years old
  • Serves youth presenting primarily with anxiety or OCD symptoms
  • Serves youth who have failed to respond to routine, outpatient psychiatry services.
  • Serves patients who have recently been discharged from higher levels of care, but are not yet stable enough to be treated at the routine outpatient level

Services offered

General Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) 

The General IOP Program serves youth with mixtures of mood or disruptive behavior disorders. Similar to the anxiety disorders IOP, 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 IOP 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 training and creative arts therapies. Timely access to medication consultation and management with faculty child psychiatrists is offered.

Skills training for children and adolescents include social skills, relaxation, anger management and cognitive restructuring techniques. Skills training for parents include crisis management and safety planning techniques, behavior management, parental empathy, family communication and collaborative problem-solving.

The General IOP Program holds sessions for parents and youth three times weekly, for a five-week course of treatment. Please call (720) 777-6200 for more information regarding medication consultations.

Anxiety Intensive Outpatient Program  

This program serves youth aged 8 to 17. It targets youth 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 Anxiety IOP program 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. Timely access to medication consultation and management, with faculty child psychiatrists is offered.

Skills training for children and adolescents include relaxation, somatic monitoring, cognitive restructuring and exposure training. Skills training for parents include anxiety management strategies and psycho-education about anxiety.

We hold sessions for parents and youth three times a week, for a six-week course of treatment.

For more information about medication consultations, please call (720) 777-6200.