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PHP & IOP Programs Curriculum

A helpful breakdown of our Partial Hospitalization (PHP) & Intensive Outpatient (IOP) programs including the topics that will be covered and how it works.
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What to expect from our Partial Hospitalization (PHP) & Intensive Outpatient (IOP) Programs

When contemplating Clarity Clinic for your Partial Hospitalization (PHP) or Intensive Outpatient (IOP) treatment, picturing the experience can be challenging. That's why we've detailed our programming, outlined each session's content, and introduced some of our highly trained PHP and IOP team members whom you'll encounter throughout your journey. We've discovered that offering an overview of our curriculum aids in understanding the covered topics and how our programs operate.

Sample Partial Hospitalization (PHP) Schedule

Sample Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) Schedule

Sample Intensive Outpatient (IOP) Schedule

Sample Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) Schedule

Presented below is a concise overview of all our PHP/IOP group sessions. For a more comprehensive understanding of each session and our programming, we invite you to download our PHP/IOP curriculum guide.

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Monitoring What Is Important

This group provides an opportunity to check-in on one’s emotional state, progress in treatment, and the ability to practice treatment skills outside of program. The group facilitator provides education on the DBT skill of mindfulness and guides clients through mindful practice. Clients are encouraged to set a daily goal that helps break down their overall treatment goals into achievable, daily behaviors. Group members utilize the group time to receive feedback and support from the community and facilitator regarding their attempts to change targeted behaviors.

DBT Skills Training

This group offers comprehensive DBT training covering mindfulness, interpersonal effectiveness, emotion regulation, and distress tolerance. Designed to enhance problem-solving skills and daily functioning, it provides education, support, and accountability. Together, these skills help clients manage crises and create a fulfilling life.

DBT Skills Training: Application

This group focuses on the application of the highlighted DBT skill. This group will use examples, role plays, expressive therapies, and worksheets to enhance learning to prepare you to apply the skills in your personal life.

Seeking Safety

No matter what happens in life, there is always a way to cope safely. This group provides support in building skills to practice safe ways to cope. This group encourages all group members to utilize safe coping skills. Establishing and nurturing a sense of safety is an integral part of treatment.

Taking Recovery Home

This group focuses on preparing for the weekend to maintain treatment progress without group support. Skills learned throughout the week will be reviewed. Group members will anticipate potential triggers that may arise and create a plan to cope ahead without using behaviors that could slow down treatment progress.

Expressive Therapy

Expressive Therapy groups use creative activities to help you share and process feelings that may be hard to put into words. Expressive Therapy groups may integrate art, movement, experiential therapy, or other creative modalities to support your treatment goals.

Interpersonal Effectiveness

This group focuses on improving relationships. Patients learn to identify healthy versus unhealthy behaviors in relationships, set and enforce boundaries, improve communication, and increase self-esteem. This group utilizes person- centered, Cognitive Behavioral, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy interventions.

Behavior Chain Group

This group focuses on behavior analysis to understand what happens before and after the use of behaviors that are the target of treatment. Patients are provided psychoeducation on behavior analysis and then asked to put their knowledge into practice by mapping out an event to better understand and change problem behaviors.

Values & Goals Group

This group focuses on the priorities, goals, and values in one’s life. The goal of the group is to help clarify one’s value system, find meaning and purpose in our experiences, and engage more frequently in behaviors that support living a value driven life.


This group focuses on the DBT skill of mindfulness. This set of skills focuses on being present in the moment. Mindfulness is taught as an antidote to mindlessness. This group facilitates mindfulness practice and provides activities for clients to integrate mindfulness into their daily lives. The goal is for mindfulness to become second nature to participants to better support their recovery goals.

Meet Our PHP & IOP Team

We understand the importance of feeling supported and understood during your journey towards mental health and wellness. Clarity Clinic is proud to introduce our dedicated PHP/IOP team, a group of compassionate professionals committed to guiding you every step of the way. You're in great hands.

Clarity Clinic PHP/IOP Team

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