Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) in Murfreesboro, TN

Many patients who participate in the Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) at TrustPoint Hospital have been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder, a depressive disorder, or a bipolar disorder, though individuals who struggle with other mental health conditions may be assisted by the IOP level of care as well.  As is the case with all forms of treatment at TrustPoint, admission into IOP is made on a person-by-person basis following a thorough assessment of the prospective patient’s strengths, needs, treatment history, and recovery goals.

Group therapy: Groups are the fundamental mode of treatment in IOP at TrustPoint Hospital. Group therapy allows participants to share their concerns and insights, learn from the opinions and experiences of others, and practice healthy and productive interpersonal communication skills. Under the direction of an experienced professional, IOP group sessions at TrustPoint Hospital are reflective psychodynamic experiences that are designed to assist patients with a greater understanding of their connection with and response to the illnesses that they have been experiencing.

Medication management: Many people who participate in IOP at TrustPoint Hospital benefit from the prescription of certain medications that alleviate or assist in the management of symptoms related to their mental health disorders.

Though we are able to offer medication management to all Intensive Outpatient Program participants, we also encourage patients to have community-based medication providers to ensure that they experience no disruption in care either during or after their time in treatment with us.

Here is what some IOP patients have said about their experience:

“My recovery has continued to snowball since leaving the IOP Program.  The skills and tools I learned are applied every day.  It is also hugely comforting to know I have discovered a place that I can return to, should I ever need additional help.  I am finally not alone with my struggles, and again, this is all due to Trustpoint and IOP and the most caring and amazing individuals I have had the pleasure of meeting.”

“My time in treatment was great to me.  It truly saved my life and helped me look at things from a different perspective.  I am still a work in progress, but miles from where I was.”

“While no one person wishes to be in this setting, I am glad that I chose TrustPoint. This is by far the best hospital I’ve been in.”

As a result of this emphasis on individualized care, an IOP patient’s treatment experience may include the following elements:

Medication management: Many people who participate in IOP at TrustPoint Hospital benefit from the prescription of certain medications that alleviate or assist in the management of symptoms related to their mental health disorders. Any IOP participant who fits this description may receive medication management services from licensed independent practitioners (LIP) throughout his or her time in our intensive outpatient program. Though we are proud to offer medication management to all IOP participants, we also encourage all patients to have community-based medication providers to ensure that they experience no disruption in care either during or after their time in treatment with us.

Group therapy: Groups are the fundamental mode of treatment in Intensive Outpatient Program at TrustPoint Hospital. Group therapy allows participants to share their concerns and insights, learn from the opinions and experiences of others, and practice healthy and productive interpersonal communication skills. Under the direction of an experienced professional, IOP group sessions at TrustPoint Hospital are reflective psychodynamic experiences that are designed to assist patients with a greater understanding of their connection with and response to the illnesses that they have been experiencing.

The specific content of any group will be influenced by the contributions of the patients and professionals who are participating; however, most groups in TrustPoint Hospital’s IOP are organized around a particular topic. The following are among the common topics that may be addressed via group therapy during an individual’s time in IOP at TrustPoint:

  • Grief and loss
  • Anger management
  • Disease/disorder education
  • Medication management
  • Relationships
  • Communication skills
  • Stress management
  • Healthy boundaries
  • Guilt and shame

Experiential therapy: Among its many benefits, experiential therapy provides nontraditional ways for individuals to express and process complex emotions under the guidance and supervision of experienced professionals. Many forms of experiential therapy also offer patients the opportunity to develop skills that they can continue to practice on their own outside of the therapeutic environment. During an individual’s time in IOP at TrustPoint Hospital, he or she will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of experiential therapeutic opportunities. The following are examples of the types of experiential therapy that are regularly incorporated into the IOP schedule:

  • Music therapy
  • Role-playing
  • Aroma therapy
  • Yoga
  • Meditation
  • Breathing techniques
  • Various relaxation therapies
  • Outside physical activities (as appropriate according to each individual’s strength and mobility)

Discharge planning: Preparation for an individual’s life after TrustPoint Hospital begins the day that he or she begins treatment. Throughout an individual’s time in IOP, our staff will work to develop a thorough discharge plan that documents his or her progress in treatment and identifies the referrals and services that will support his or her efforts to experience long-term success.

To learn more about the intensive outpatient program at TrustPoint Hospital, or for additional information that you may have about any aspect of our programming, please contact us at your convenience. We look forward to answering all of your questions and helping you to make the most informed decision for yourself or on behalf of a loved one.

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