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Division of Depression and Anxiety Disorders

Behavioral Health Partial Hospital Program

Treatment Overview

A multidisciplinary treatment team, led by a clinical team manager, provides cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) or dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), a comprehensive, skills-based treatment aimed at stabilizing patients, improving functioning, and preparing for return to outpatient treatment.

Treatment Components

On a typical day, patients have the opportunity to attend 5 different skills groups. Patients also usually have at least one individual meeting each day with one of their treatment team members.

BHP's primary treatment components include:

  • Case management and aftercare planning
  • Group and individual therapy
  • Medication consultation and treatment
  • Occupational therapy and vocational counseling consultations

Group and Individual Therapy

Recreation BuildingBHP’s therapy model emphasizes psychoeducation as well as core CBT, DBT, and life skills. Examples of core skills include:

  • Self-assessment
  • Behavioral activation
  • Cognitive restructuring
  • Mindfulness
  • Distress tolerance
  • Emotion regulation
  • Interpersonal effectiveness

Although less prominent, BHP treatment also draws from additional empirically-supported approaches under the umbrella of CBT, such as acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), exposure therapy, and motivational interviewing.

Specialty Areas

In addition to core CBT/DBT skills, the program also provides treatment targeting specific disorders including:

  • Major depressive disorder
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Borderline personality disorder
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Thought disorders

Groups and individual sessions from our specialty areas are added to supplement core skills as part of individual treatment plans.

Tracking Progress

Patients at the BHP provide feedback about their symptoms and progress by completing brief, daily computerized progress monitoring measures. This information is used for treatment and tracking progress. Our treatment outcome evaluation shows that patients attending the BHP experience a significant reduction in condition-related symptoms while seeing an improvement in their ability to function and their overall quality of life.