Levels of Care

IOP or PHP?: What Do I Need to Understand When Seeking Treatment?

Traditional talk therapy is what most people consider when they think of therapy. Talk therapy has proven to be highly effective, it is versatile and can effectively address a wide range of issues. Even so, weekly talk therapy isn’t always the right tool for the job. Sometimes, it isn’t enough. Sometimes, it’s too much. Fortunately, it’s not the only option. If you need help with your mental health, there is an entire spectrum of care available.
Throughout the Odyssey Outpatient Network, our programs offer a range of intensity, including partial hospitalization treatment (PHP), intensive outpatient treatment (IOP), and virtual intensive outpatient treatment (V-IOP), that helps support each client’s unique clinical needs on their road to recovery. But what exactly does this mean?

Breaking Down the Different Levels of Outpatient Care

Presented by Dr. Shannon Marshall – Executive Director of Pasadena Villa Outpatient Norfolk

A Glimpse into Our Programming

Presented by Dr. Shannon Marshall – Executive Director of Pasadena Villa Outpatient Norfolk

Partial Hospitalization Programming (PHP)

Partial hospitalization programming or PHP or day treatment is one of the highest levels of care you can get outside of a hospital or residential treatment and is the most comprehensive outpatient program we offer. This level of support is ideal for individuals who may need that added measure of structure, similar to what you would receive at a residential treatment facility while allowing you to live at home. In PHP, clients attend programming five days a week, for six hours each day, similar to attending school or a job. The programming consists of group-based therapy, individual and family therapy as clinically indicated, and psychiatric services including medication management if needed. Our Eating Disorder PHP services also include medical supervision and nutritional counseling. PHP treatment programs are often used as step-down care from residential programming, or care that helps you readjust to life after inpatient treatment.

Intensive Outpatient Programming (IOP)

Intensive outpatient treatment programming or IOP is a higher level of care than weekly talk therapy, but a less intensive level of care than inpatient treatment or partial hospitalization programs. This level of care focuses on group therapy, which is held two to three times each week. This programming also incorporates individual and family therapy when clinically indicated. Because they provide so much structure and support while you’re still dealing with everyday life, IOPs are great at helping you learn how to cope with day-to-day stressors and triggers while allowing you to live at home.

Virtual Intensive Outpatient Programming (IOP)

Virtual intensive outpatient treatment or V-IOP is a similar structure to traditional outpatient, as mentioned earlier. Virtual programming has proven to be just as effective as in-person treatment and is ideal for those that are working, in school, or unable to travel or attend treatment during the day.


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