Adolescent Virtual Intensive Outpatient Program

Lakeview Behavioral Health Hospital, located in Norcross, Georgia, offers a virtual adolescent intensive outpatient program (IOP) for young people who are struggling with mental health concerns and addictions. Serving adolescents ages 13-17, our virtual IOP offers a flexible and convenient treatment option for teens and their families. Our expert behavioral health professionals provide evidence-based care that can lessen the severity of your child’s symptoms and help them improve their quality of life.  

Virtual Adolescent IOP at Lakeview Behavioral Health Hospital

Located in Norcross, Georgia, north of Atlanta, Lakeview Behavioral Health Hospital is a premier provider of mental health and addiction treatment for adolescents. Teens who participate in our IOP live at home and attend structured virtual programming. This format allows them to maintain regular routines as well as practice skills learned in treatment in their daily lives. Patients can enter our virtual IOP directly, or they may transition from another level of care.  

Our IOP team offers virtual programming three days per week on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday. Most of this programming centers around group therapy, though an adolescent’s treatment plan may include weekly medication management meetings with a nurse practitioner and individual and family therapy sessions with an IOP counselor one to two times a month.  

Our virtual IOP’s focus on group sessions allows adolescents the chance to meet other teens who can empathize with what they’re going through. This network of support can be very meaningful for young people who may be experiencing feelings of rejection and isolation. Group sessions offer a safe place where adolescents can discuss their struggles and feel seen and heard.  

While some group sessions focus on fostering relationships and support among group members, other group sessions focus on process therapy and skill-building that can help young people improve communication and social skills that will assist in the healing process. Topics that may be discussed in group therapy include: 

  • Coping skills 
  • Anger management skills 
  • Trauma  

At Lakeview Behavioral Health Hospital in Norcross, Georgia, our goal is to provide premier care for every adolescent who comes to us for support. 

When an adolescent enters our virtual intensive outpatient program, they’ll receive excellent care from a qualified team of behavioral health professionals. We know that adolescents may face challenges during this stage of their lives and that they need resources, education, and care to help them cope. We want to offer encouragement and support that will help set the stage for lifelong healing. 

We understand that when a child struggles with symptoms of a mental health disorder or addiction, it can have a negative impact on the entire family. We also know that when it comes to finding treatment, the number of options available can be overwhelming. We want to make sure that you have the resources you need to find the best care for the child in your life. In our adolescent intensive outpatient program, we are able to offer a unique mix of flexibility and intensive care for young people who can benefit from staying at home while getting the support they need to heal.  

Our Virtual Adolescent IOP Features

In our virtual adolescent intensive outpatient program, we provide treatment for adolescents who are suffering from a variety of behavioral health concerns, including depression, anxiety, and substance use disorders. Our IOP is an effective option for adolescents who are struggling with symptoms of behavioral health concerns but do not require the constant monitoring offered in an inpatient facility. The flexible schedule of a virtual IOP allows adolescents to receive regular, intensive therapy and services while still living at home and attending school. 

We understand the importance of connecting with every young person in our care on their level wherever they may be in their healing process. To do this, we ensure that our services are developmentally appropriate and individualized. At Lakeview Behavioral Health, your child can receive effective care from the moment you contact one of our trained staff about admissions.  

Within 72 hours of enrollment, your child will receive a thorough assessment, and our attentive staff will begin collaborating with you and your child to create a personalized treatment plan. In designing this plan, we will consider their health history, prior responses to behavioral healthcare services, and, very importantly, the goals you and your child have for their participation in our intensive outpatient program.  

With the understanding we gain from this assessment, we can provide each adolescent with a care plan that combines the therapies and services that may be most beneficial for them. Our approach to treatment is to help young people realize their resiliency and self-worth. We believe that when adolescents develop self-confidence and positive thinking skills, they can often find more satisfaction in their home, school, and social lives. 

Features of our virtual adolescent IOP include: 

  • Customized treatment plans that combine effective therapies specific to each patient 
  • Evidence-based therapies available in a virtual setting 
  • Care provided by experienced and well-trained staff 
  • Medication management services, if needed  

On average, an adolescent remains in our intensive outpatient program for around six to eight weeks, but the actual length of time they spend in the program may vary depending on their progress, needs, and personal goals for treatment. Our virtual adolescent IOP is a great option for young people who are experiencing symptoms of mental health or addiction concerns and can benefit from flexible treatment options. 

Therapies Offered in Our Virtual Adolescent IOP

At Lakeview Behavioral Health Hospital in Norcross, Georgia, our mental health professionals take a patient-centered approach to care, leading young people through life-changing programming that can help them meet their goals and live satisfying lives. Our adolescent IOP offers comprehensive care for patients who have a variety of needs. In our program, teens can receive the specific therapies and services that best support long-term healing. 

In our virtual adolescent intensive outpatient program, adolescents may receive the following types of therapy:  

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT): Cognitive behavioral therapy is an effective type of talk therapy that can be used in individual or group settings. With CBT, a behavioral health professional works with patients to challenge negative thought patterns, which can allow them to manage stressful situations more effectively. 
  • Psychoeducation: Psychoeducation is the practice of educating patients on the relationship between their diagnosis and their treatment plan, which can improve the patient’s commitment to following that plan. As part of psychoeducation, therapists may teach patients coping skills that can help them learn how to manage their symptoms. Psychoeducation can also be used with family members so that they may become active participants in their child’s treatment, especially when the patient is still living at home. For example, therapists may educate parents on the types of parenting styles that are most effective for their child.  
  • Motivational interviewing: Motivational interviewing is a patient-centered approach designed to help people find motivation to adjust their behavior. In motivational interviewing, the therapist does not offer their own opinion or perspective but instead encourages the patient to develop their own ideas on how to change and what to change. This type of therapy is useful for patients who have conflicting desires when it comes to treatment. It is possible, for example, for a patient to want to shift their behavior or stop using a drug but to also be afraid of what making that change will mean in their daily life. Motivational interviewing places the responsibility of acting in the hands of the patient. 
  • Individual therapy: In individual therapy, patients meet one-on-one with a licensed therapist who may use various types of treatment modalities to help them begin to heal. In these sessions, teens can share experiences, express concerns, and receive feedback in a confidential setting.  
  • Processing groups, or group therapy: In processing groups, therapists can lead a small group of people through various combinations of CBT, psychoeducation, and interpersonal therapies as members share their experiences. As group members share with and listen to each other, they can offer support through personal insight and encouragement. In this type of group therapy, adolescents work with others who are struggling with behavioral health concerns and addictions. Listening to each other can show teens that they are not alone in the difficulties they’re facing. 
  • Family therapy: In family therapy, a behavioral health professional works with parents to help them understand how to best support their child as they go through the treatment process.