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Adolescent Intensive Outpatient Program

The Adolescent Intensive Outpatient Program (A-IOP) is offered for military dependents through the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Service (CAPS) at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC). We provide intensive, short-term, outpatient services for high risk adolescents between ages 13-18 years old in a small, supportive group setting. Our typical patient referrals have a variety of psychiatric disorders and clinical presentations and may be struggling with one or more of the following:
  • Depression
  • History of self-injurious behavior
  • Anxiety
  • School and/or home difficulties, including academic and social problems
  • Low self-esteem
  • Inaccurate/Distorted Thinking Process
  • Poor problem solving skills
  • Poor coping skills
Our program is designed for 13-18 year old adolescents who:
  • Require more intensive outpatient services to prevent inpatient hospitalization or partial hospitalization Need crisis stabilization and could benefit from intensive outpatient services Are transitioning (step-down) from an inpatient unit or partial hospital program
Our program uses group focused interventions using process groups, team building exercises and therapeutic games to improve emotional regulation, stress management and problem solving skills. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), one of the most researched and effective ways to treat adolescents with mood and anxiety disorders, is an integral part of the curriculum. Parent involvement is also an essential part of our program. Parent involvement is very important, and they are required to participate in select groups throughout program iteration.

Adolescents will be participating in a variety of groups over nine sessions designed to provide psychoeducation and develop problem solving skills. Our program meets from 1630 – 1930 from Tuesday – Thursday for three consecutive weeks. Our curriculum uses a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) approach to treatment. Some examples of psychoeducation discussion groups include:
  • Suicide Prevention
  • Anger Management
  • Social Media Impact
  • Stress Management
  • Resiliency Development
  • Pet Therapy
  • Creativity/Emotional Expression
  • Medication Management Family Group
  • Parent Education Group
Participation and attendance are rewarded in various ways including:
  • Gift Certificates for attending 8 or more sessions
  • Certificate of Completion and Appreciation
  • On-the-spot rewards for participation
We provide light refreshments, but patients are allowed to bring their own food. Tuesdays are Pizza Day, provided by the program. Please inform staff members of any food and pet allergies.

  • Behavioral health therapists and/or psychiatrists (including civilian providers) may refer patients to the A-IOP
  • Patients will need a therapist and DSM –V diagnosis at the time of referral. There will be an initial meeting with an A-IOP clinician prior to starting the program.
  • Please call 301-295-0576 for additional information about our program


Parents may self-refer their child and schedule an appointment

Building 19 Floor 4
America Building

Main: (301) 295-0576

Hours of Operation
Monday-Friday: 0730 - 1600