Stanford Children’s Health and CHC Now Enrolling Families for Fall/Summer Session of Intensive Outpatient Program
For young people who struggle with suicidal and/or self-harm urges and behaviors, Stanford Children’s Health in collaboration with Children’s Health Council, offers a specialized intervention program that is currently enrolling families for their summer/fall session.
“Ensuring that our youth are receiving the appropriate level of mental health care and support is more critical than ever,” says Michele Berk, PhD, Stanford Children’s Health psychologist. Berk and behavioral health experts advocate that a child’s best mental health outcome depends not on one provider but on a cohesive system of care with many touch points, resources and compassionate representatives throughout the community.
“An essential component of the continuum of care is intensive outpatient therapy for patients as well as their families.” said Berk who has extensive background in research and clinical expertise in treating patients who experience suicidal thoughts or behaviors or engage in self-harming behaviors.
Berk and her colleagues co-lead the RISE program, which stands for Reaching Interpersonal Self Effectiveness, it is centered on the Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) method. DBT includes individual therapy, group skills training with multiple families working together, and having therapist support available 24/7 by phone to the teens and parents.
Since the launch of RISE nearly two years ago, the joint team has treated 110 teens ages 13 to 18 who have struggled with suicidal thoughts, suicidal behaviors and/or self-harm, as well as severe mental health challenges.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, RISE has continued to be a resource for teens and families by providing the full intensive outpatient program (IOP) entirely via telehealth. This has enabled teens to continue to get critical treatment services while also sheltering-in-place and coping with the additional stressors related to COVID-19. Telehealth services will continued to be offered until the county has deemed it is safe to return to in-person services.
The program, typically housed at CHC’s campus in Palo Alto but now offered via telehealth, entails a 12-week course for four days each week. Through a rolling admissions process, families are enrolled every four weeks. The next sessions begin July 6, August 3 and August 31, with participants for each session added up to four weeks prior to the start date.
Excerpted from “Intensive youth mental health therapy program in Palo Alto is now enrolling” from the Stanford Children’s Health Happier, Healthier Lives blog. Read the original post.