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Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP)

Compass Health Center’s Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) provides short-term stabilization for adolescents between the ages of 12 and 18 who are suffering from debilitating depression and/or anxiety. PHP functions as a step up for patients requiring a higher level of care from their outpatient providers and teaches skills that minimize the need for hospitalization. PHP is also designed for patients transitioning from an inpatient admission. The purpose of the PHP is to provide a safe, therapeutic environment for adolescents who are having difficulty managing daily life stressors and empower them by teaching a variety of coping skills.

The hours of PHP are from 9AM to 3PM, Monday to Thursday (9AM-2:30PM Friday), which allows your adolescent to maintain a normal, school-like schedule.

Each adolescent receives comprehensive and collaborative treatment from our team. Your adolescent’s team will consist of a psychiatrist, primary clinical therapist, family therapist, group therapists, education specialists, and staff nurses. The evidence-based modalities, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and mindfulness, teach our patients new coping skills. Family involvement in weekly family therapy is required and is an integral component of the adolescent’s treatment success.

Individualized treatment plans that address psychiatric symptoms, behavior, and goals are developed for each adolescent by the multidisciplinary Compass Health Center team. The goal of treatment is to develop your adolescent’s level of functioning by gaining strategies and learning how to utilize them effectively, thereby establishing a foundation of skills essential to long-term success.

The Adolescent PHP incorporates two hours of supervised study each day under the supervision and guidance of education specialists. Compass Health Center also provides math, science, and humanities tutors for those patients with accelerated educational needs. Our education specialists will work closely with your adolescent’s school to ensure that academic needs are met and to design a discharge re-entry plan.

Treatment modalities offered in the Adolescent PHP may include:

  • Psychiatric Assessment and Medication Management
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
  • Individual Therapy
  • Group Therapy
  • Family Therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Art Therapy
  • Yoga Therapy
  • Supervised Study

Patients in the Adolescent PHP may be transitioned to the Afterschool Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) as their symptoms resolve and coping skills progress. The average length of stay in the PHP is approximately 2-4 weeks. Due to individualized treatment plans, the length of PHP may vary. Our treatment team will coordinate with outside providers to make sure that continuity of treatment is maintained.

School Refusal Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP)

The School Refusal PHP provides short-term stabilization for adolescents who are having trouble attending school. Many of these patients struggle with depression and/or anxiety that manifest as school refusal behavior.

Individualized treatment plans addressing psychiatric symptoms and therapeutic goals are developed for each patient by our multidisciplinary team. Every adolescent in the School Refusal PHP will participate in group and individual therapy. Treatments such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and weekly family therapy teach the adolescent new coping strategies and how to utilize them effectively, thereby establishing a foundation of skills essential to long-term success.

Treatment modalities used in the School Refusal PHP can include the following:

  • Psychiatric Assessment and Medication Management
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
  • Individual Therapy
  • Group Therapy
  • Family Therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Art Therapy
  • Yoga Therapy
  • Pet Therapy
  • Supervised Study

The School Refusal PHP incorporates two hours of supervised study each day under the supervision and guidance of education specialists. Compass also provides math and science tutors for patients with accelerated educational needs.

The length of stay in the School Refusal PHP is approximately 2 to 4 weeks. Due to individualized treatment plans and progress, the length of School Refusal PHP may vary.

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Afterschool Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)

Compass Health Center’s Afterschool IOP provides short-term stabilization for patients who are having difficulty managing their symptoms in traditional outpatient treatment. Our goal is for the patient to remain in school while providing a thorough amount of support and treatment.

During the adolescent’s course of treatment, various evidence-based modalities, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and weekly family therapy are used. These will improve the adolescent’s level of functioning by allowing them to gain strategies and learn how to utilize them effectively. Additionally, family involvement from the beginning of treatment is an integral component of the program. This comprehensive treatment approach is designed to help the patient return to a more functional, healthy life.

IOP treatment may include, but is not limited to, the following modalities:

  • Psychiatric Assessment and Medication Management
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
  • Individual Therapy
  • Group Therapy
  • Family Therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Art Therapy
  • Yoga Therapy
  • Pet Therapy
  • Supervised Study

The Afterschool IOP can be used as a bridging treatment between PHP and traditional outpatient treatment or as a step-up of care when traditional outpatient care does not suffice.

Afterschool IOP hours are similar to those of an after-school program, and run five days a week, Monday to Friday. Compass’ staff will decrease the amount of time a patient spends in the Afterschool IOP as their symptoms and level of functioning progresses.

The average length of stay in the Afterschool IOP is approximately 3 to 5 weeks. Due to individualized treatment plans and progression rates, the length of IOP may vary. To learn more about Intensive Outpatient Program treatment, visit Wikipedia.org.

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Treatment Tracks

The treatment tracks at our Northbrook and Chicago locations are developed by Compass Health Center’s multidisciplinary team for patients who need to address underlying conditions that contribute to their psychiatric symptoms. The treatment tracks include OCD and Complex Anxiety Disorders, Resource, Substance Use, and Trauma tracks. Following assessment, if it is clinically indicated, patients may be assigned to one of our tracks.

OCD and Complex Anxiety Disorders Track

Research shows that one of the most effective treatments for obsessive compulsive disorder, or any related anxiety disorder, is exposure therapy. In exposure therapy, patients gradually confront their feared object or situation in a hierarchical, prolonged, and planned manner to gain mastery over their anxiety and fears. Patients attend group therapy sessions and meet with their exposure therapist on a daily basis to create an individualized hierarchy that specifically addresses the patient’s fears. Exposures are then conducted on a daily basis during group sessions, at home, and outside of Compass Health Center.

Resource Track

The Resource Track is aimed to support patients with transitions, strengthen executive functioning skills, connect patients to supports, and empower them to add structure and meaning to their daily lives. Resource therapists work with the patients assigned to the track to develop an individualized resource plan. Plans may include (but are not limited to): school, jobs, volunteer work, positive recreational activities, ongoing supports (groups, AA/NA/OA, outpatient providers), social activities, exercise plans etc. Resource sessions help patients identify barriers to achieving their goals and utilize the skills learned in group to continue moving forward.

Substance Use Track

At Compass Health Center, we have Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselors on staff who will assess and meet with the individual, and then together determine how the track will complement the overall treatment.

Trauma Track

Patients in the Trauma Track meet with a trauma specialist semi-weekly to complete Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT). CPT applies cognitive-behavioral techniques directly to the traumatic experience in order to work through the residual effects. This individual attention allows the patient to process the experience at a deeper level than would be feasible within the group, while strengthening coping skills regarding their past traumas.

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