Outpatient Programs for Children & Adolescents
We treat children & adolescents who struggle with psychological, emotional or significant behavioral problems in school, at home or in the community. Our outpatient programs offer evidence-based, focused interventions to help ensure enough stability to prevent an inpatient hospitalization or support the transition home following a hospital stay. Partial hospitalization (PHP) is the highest level of outpatient care with more physician visits, four groups a day and family therapy to help adolescents progress toward recovery. As patients improve they can step down to Intensive outpatient (IOP) which includes three groups a day and focuses on applying new skills to help them transition back into the community.
- Hours: 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
- Children are ages 8 to 11
- Adolescents are ages 12 to 17
- Board-certified child and adolescent psychiatrist
- Group therapy
- Weekly family therapy (PHP program only)
- Parenting classes available to provide tips and resources
- Coursework through the University of Texas Charter School
- Skill building, anger management and conflict resolution
- Physician consultation: The psychiatrist meets with your child to supervise care and medication needs.
- Case management: The therapist will help manage your child’s care. You and your child will participate in developing an individualized treatment plan.
- Family therapy: The treatment team arranges family therapy sessions to maintain progress within the family unit.
- Nursing: Your child can meet with a nurse to address health or medication issues.
- Comprehensive discharge planning: The staff will assist you and your child with referrals and support upon your child’s discharge.
- Group therapy: Group therapy allows your child to work on any issues or concerns. The groups are based in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) including Trauma Focused CBT. The following groups are offered five days a week:
- Focus groups: Group therapy that focuses on treatment goals
- Process groups: Group therapy that allows your child to work through thoughts, feelings, behaviors and concerns with support from the therapist and peers
- Psychoeducational groups: Group therapy that allows patients to better understand their diagnosis, treatment and recovery
- Expressive therapy groups: Group therapy that allows your child to identify feelings and strengths and improve communication skills
- The University of Texas Charter School: Offers Core curriculum so that your child can stay on track academically while in therapy. Recognized by the Texas Education Association, UT Charter School courses are presented in a tutorial self-paced model. Following discharge, grades are sent to the child’s home school upon request.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I enroll my child and do I need a referral?
No referral is needed. To schedule an appointment for a free onsite assessment, call (512) 440-4800. Calls are taken 24 hours a day/7 days a week.
How long will my child be in the program?
The average length of stay is 2 to 6 weeks between the two programs. Discharge is dependent on improvement. Progress is reviewed with the psychiatrist, therapist and insurance.
How do I get information on my child’s progress?
Your child’s therapist is available by phone daily and during family therapy sessions. The Daily at Home Point Sheet is a good way to communicate with the therapists, nurses and teachers.
How do I address school issues throughout my child’s stay?
The University of Texas Charter School is in contact with your child’s home school. Special concerns can be addressed with the academic staff.