ASPIRE® Intensive Outpatient Program at CHOC Children's

Adolescence can be a time of both discovery and confusion for teenagers. Teens that lack positive coping skills to manage life stressors during this transitional period may struggle with mental and emotional health. As a result, they may develop mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety or resort to unhealthy or unsafe behaviors such as self-harm, suicidal thoughts and more.

At CHOC Children’s, our pediatric experts offer solutions and hope to teens and their families seeking help or intervention. Our intensive outpatient program provides a validating, supportive environment for participants to gain healthy behaviors and learn how to manage their feelings, emotions and personal interactions.

What is the Intensive Outpatient Program?

The ASPIRE® (After School Program Interventions and Resiliency Education) Intensive Outpatient Program at CHOC Children’s is an outpatient, mental health treatment program for high-school aged teens 13 – 18 with moderate to severe symptoms of anxiety, depression or other symptoms related to a mental health condition.

The program is held four days a week, for eight weeks with after-school hours. It uses dialectical behavioral therapy, including mindfulness exercises, coping and problem-solving skills, art therapy and other expressive therapies to help teens develop and practice healthy behaviors and coping strategies. Parents or guardians also participate in family counseling and skills groups.

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Who Can Benefit and Program Overview

Adolescent mental health is as important as physical health. It’s not always obvious when a teen is struggling emotionally, but recognizing the symptoms and seeking early and effective mental health services are important for long-term health.

The intensive outpatient program is designed for teens with:

  • Moderate to severe symptoms of anxiety and depression
  • Extreme emotional outbursts
  • Significant conflict with family or friends
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Decreases in functioning at home or school
  • Self-harming behaviors, such as cutting, burning, pulling out hair, excessive picking and scratching the body to cause bleeding

Expected outcomes

The primary goal of the program is to promote emotional wellness of young people Expected outcomes include:

  • Significant reduction in symptoms of anxiety, depression and anxiety
  • Improved functioning at home, in school and with friends
  • New skills to cope with stress
  • Decrease in unsafe thoughts and behaviors

Program Details

  • 8-week program, 4 days a week
  • Teens attend program Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 3:30 – 6:30 p.m.
  • Parents attend program Monday and Thursday from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
  • New patients join every two weeks
  • Weekly individual sessions
  • Family sessions as needed
  • Skills training groups
  • Art and other expressive therapies
  • Insurance-based

Benefits

  • After-school hours
  • Program run by experienced, licensed clinicians who specialize in working with teens
  • Board-certified adolescent psychiatrist for consultation and medication management as needed
  • Case coordination with other providers and school
  • Crisis support as needed

Contact the Intensive Outpatient Program

Our staff is happy to assist you in making an appointment or obtaining a referral from your doctor or insurance company if needed.

Location
Building: Centrum North
1120 W. La Veta Ave., Ste. 400
Orange, CA 92868

Phone
714-509-8481

Hours
Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Closed Saturday, Sunday and all major holidays.

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CHOC Children's is affiliated with the UC Irvine School of Medicine