Adolescent Partial Hospitalization and Intensive Outpatient Program

Daily Structured Programming for ages 12-17

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Located in the San Gabriel Valley in Greater Los Angeles, adjacent to our inpatient hospitalization program, the adolescent outpatient eating disorder programs at BHC Alhambra Hospital are focused on integrating what has been learned in treatment into everyday life, and providing additional support for those who are continuing to struggle but do not require 24 hour care. Patients and their families are still provided the support and structure needed to help contain their disordered eating behaviors, but have more opportunities to practice their newly gained skills and face the real challenges that arise in daily living.

Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP)

The Partial Hospitalization Program is an intensive, structured 8-hour, 6-day a week treatment program that patients attend from 10:30 am to 6:30 pm, Monday through Saturday. It is designed to ensure continued success in recovery from the eating disorder with a focus on the adolescent’s emotional and nutritional goals while attending therapeutic and educational groups that address the particular challenges of implementing changes into one’s daily life. This program can be a transition from inpatient to outpatient treatment, or adolescents can enter directly into this program from the outpatient setting while still living at home.

Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)

The Intensive Outpatient Program is a structured, intensive 4-hour 6-day a week program that can act as a transition from the partial hospitalization program, or for those adolescents who need more than outpatient therapy. Adolescents may be able to attend school while attending this program and will receive both meal support and therapeutic and educational groups.

Services and Approaches

As a treatment team, we take into account and respond to the whole person, treating both symptoms and behaviors as well as what lies deeper. We consider the life experiences of our patients and their families. Collaborate with each person and their family members is essential in restoring and moving toward hope for the future. We explore values, identity, spirituality, and help each of our patients find meaning on their life path and develop skills for a long lasting recovery.

In addition, all patients in the outpatient program will receive our core elements of treatment:

Your family is our priority

Our program is designed and overseen by eating disorder specialists who are committed to best practices in treatment. We include each patient and the family as important members of the treatment team. The treatment team consists of:

  • Medical Doctor
  • Registered Nurse
  • Master’s Level Therapist
  • Registered Dietitian
  • Mental Health Support Staff
  • Experiential Therapies

Leadership Team

Program Manager

Anna Governale, LMFT

Director of Operations

Corinne Elliott, RN

Director of Clinical and Nutrition Services

Lisa Arroyas, RD

Registered Nurse

Luis Gudino, RN

Partial Hospitalization or Day Treatment offers intensive and structured programming that emphasizes relapse prevention and containment of eating disorder symptoms. This is a gender inclusive program and includes care and treatment from compassionate staff.

We are sensitive to the developmental needs of young people and offer programming that reflects the unique challenges of adolescence. Our groups will focus on social skill development, peer relationships, identity, development of coping strategies, and discovering value based living. We teach mindfulness and practical ways to calm the body when it is overwhelmed.

Our program values families and the importance of the role of loved ones in the recovery process. We include parents and caregivers on a weekly basis and offer a monthly family education day on eating disorders and the process of recovery.

Program Components

  • Individual Therapy, two times per week for PHP
  • Family Individual and Multi-Family Group Therapy
  • Psychiatric Consultation, one to three times per week
  • Weekly nutritional consultation with a Registered Dietitian
  • Group Therapy
    • Group Process
    • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
    • Dialectical Behavior Therapy
    • Interpersonal and Communication Skills
    • Psychoeducation and Nutrition
    • Relapse Prevention, Response Prevention

  • Somatic and Creative Arts Therapies
    • Yoga
    • Dance Movement
    • Somatic Awareness
    • Voice and Acting
    • Creative Writing
    • Art Therapy
  • Discharge & Aftercare Planning

A sample day at Reasons

10:00

Arrival/Vitals/Snack

10:30

Group Process

11:30

Lunch

1:00

Music Therapy

2:00

Identity Group

3:00

Snack

3:30

Relapse Prevention

5:00

Dinner

6:00

Wrap Up Group