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Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)

A visitor is counseled on the care a patient in the Older Adult Behavioral Health Services unit is receiving at St. Catherine Hospital, East Chicago IN

Healing Together

Our Intensive Outpatient Program is a series of group therapy sessions that focus on improving daily coping skills, establishing safety, and enhancing self-respect.

This outpatient behavioral health program is designed for adults, ages 18 and older, who are experiencing behavioral or emotional difficulties, but do not require the intense level of psychiatric care provided in an inpatient program. 

Group therapy sessions, led by a licensed clinical social worker, focus on improving daily coping and behavior skills, keep emotions in balance and feel safe. Participants can learn how to manage their illness, feel safe and enhance self-respect. The supportive IOP group therapy sessions can also help to reduce feelings of isolation and hopelessness.

About the IOP

On average, the Intensive Outpatient Program lasts six to eight weeks. The IOP involves three sessions, each one-hour long, at St. Catherine Hospital's Center for Mental Wellness in East Chicago. Confidentiality is essential. Patients who enroll in the program that is overseen by Mario Robbins, DO, psychiatry, and other board-certified psychiatrists, are expected to keep confidential the names and information of others in your therapy sessions.

IOP candidates will be asked to complete a psychosocial assessment. This evaluation allows us to assess the patient's symptoms, personal and family psychiatric history and suicide risk.

Behavioral Health Services is here to help and heal.

For more information on IOP or to refer a patient for treatment, or to find out more about other outpatient programs in Behavioral Health Services' Centers for Mental Wellness, call: 219-392-7025.