STEP Intensive Outpatient Program


The STEP Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) is intended for youth ages 14-18 who qualify for greater therapeutic support that cannot be achieved in the general outpatient setting. STEP’s IOP is an 8-week program. The aim of the STEP Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) is to provide intensive support and structure while helping youth begin to understand their relationship with substance use and struggles with mental health. The goal of IOP is to provide education, increase awareness and strengthen coping skills to equip youth with the necessary tools to make positive changes in their lives.


Our Program

The STEP Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) is 8 weeks long for a minimum of 6 hours a week. IOP is intended to provide regular therapeutic structure and support to best benefit the needs of qualified clients.

IOP consists of individual therapy, family therapy, and group therapy during the week. There will also be a multi-family group therapy workshop on occasional Saturdays.

Clients will be referred to a STEP medical provider for medication management support of mental health and substance use needs as appropriate.

The goal of the STEP IOP program is to address safety and stabilization of substance use in youth, along with any co-occurring mental health concerns, such as anxiety, depression, and chronic stress.

We will focus on enhancing resilience through the development of self-understanding, problem-solving, and communication skills, while empowering youth to navigate their unique individual lives without the use of drugs.

We pride ourselves as encompassing trauma informed care coupled with a harm reduction and strength-based lens. Our program combines a variety of evidence-based interventions, such as Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness-based Therapy, Structured Psychotherapy for Adolescents Responding to Chronic Stress, and Emotionally Focused Family Therapy.


Our IOP Structure and services consist of:

  • 8-week program
  • Minimum commitment of 6 hours a week
  • 2.5 hours of group therapy twice a week (Tuesdays and Thursdays 3:30-6p)'
  • Weekly Individual therapy
  • Weekly family therapy 
  • Occasional Saturday family workshops 
  • Case management
  • Psychiatry services 
  • Medicated Assisted Treatment (MAT)  


Our IOP Curriculum Covers The Following Topics:

  • Mindfulness
  • Psychoeducation
  • Managing Triggers
  • 3 States of Mind: Emotional, Rational, Wise
  • Distress Tolerance
  • Emotional Regulation/Management
  • Trauma Education
  • Attachment and Family
  • Relapse Prevention Planning
  • Scheduling and routine building
  • Identifying Personal Values
  • Identifying internal and external triggers
  • Setting boundaries
  • Managing boredom


Who is the Intensive Outpatient Therapy Program for?

Intensive Outpatient Therapy is for qualified clients that have not been successful in a traditional outpatient setting and are identified as needing a higher level of care. Our clinicians will complete an assessment at intake to identify appropriate clients. Once identified, clients will be referred to engage in our IOP.


How do I get started?

Clients interested in IOP will be scheduled to complete a STEP intake with a therapist. Following intake, appropriate clients will be referred to IOP if they qualify for higher level of care and begin IOP services.