What is a Partial Hospitalization Program?
Introduction to Partial Hospitalization Program
A partial hospitalization program (PHP) is a structured, short-term, intensive outpatient mental health treatment program. It’s designed for people who need more support than traditional outpatient therapy but not the 24-hour care provided in an inpatient or residential setting.
Goals of a Partial Hospitalization Program
- Stabilize people in crisis
- Address acute symptoms of mental health or substance use disorders
- Provide the skills and support needed to transition to a less intensive level of care
- Reduce relapse
Conditions Treated in a Partial Hospitalization Program
What is an Example of a Mood Disorder? What Does it Entail?
The structured nature of a partial hospitalization program helps people with anxiety disorders by providing a supportive and therapeutic environment to address the underlying causes of anxiety. Group therapy and coping skills training can also be particularly beneficial.
Anxiety disorders, when not severe, often see improvement when treated at a lower-level type of care such as a PHP. These programs provide the clinical support people need while still allowing them to return home to family, work, or social responsibilities.
What is an Anxiety Disorder?: A Closer Look
A partial hospitalization program offers a comprehensive approach to address the complex issues associated with eating disorders.
- Medical monitoring
- Nutritional counseling
- Individual therapy
What is an Eating Disorder?: A Closer Look
- Develop coping strategies
- Regulate emotions
- Improve interpersonal relationships
- Medication management
- Additional support to enhance daily functioning and reduce the risk of hospitalization
Therapeutic Techniques Used in a Partial Hospitalization Program
Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
- Stress reduction: Practices such as meditation and deep-breathing exercises are effective in reducing stress levels. People in a PHP often face various stressors, and mindfulness helps cultivate awareness that can reduce the impact of stress on mental health.
- Increased self-awareness: Mindfulness practices enhance self-awareness by directing attention to the present moment. This heightened awareness allows people to better understand their thoughts and feelings.
- Improved concentration and focus: People in a PHP may experience difficulties with concentration. Mindfulness practices can improve concentration and enhance cognitive focus.
- Coping with symptoms: Mindfulness-based therapies teach people to approach their mental health with a sense of acceptance and non-judgment. This attitude can contribute to a more adaptive response to symptoms.
- Mind-body connection: Engaging in mindfulness practices promotes physical relaxation. This can be particularly beneficial for people experiencing physical manifestations of mental health struggles, such as tension or fatigue.
- Yoga: Yoga combines physical postures, breath control, and meditation. It’s been shown to be effective in reducing symptoms of anxiety, depression, and other disorders.5
- Music therapy: Music therapy involves using music to address emotional, cognitive, and social needs. It includes activities such as listening to music, creating music, or using musical expression to explore emotions.
- Nutritional counseling and support: Holistic approaches may include recommendations for dietary changes to support mental health. Nutrition plays a crucial role in well-being and can impact mood and energy levels.
- Meditation: Practices involving meditation and guided imagery can help people relax, reduce stress, and explore their inner thoughts and emotions in a guided and intentional manner.
Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT)
It’s been reported that 90% of people undergoing any type of psychiatric care have been exposed to trauma. Integrating trauma-informed care into a partial hospitalization program is imperative for holistic healing.6
Trauma-informed therapy helps clinicians and participants identify trauma triggers and responses. It also introduces coping skills to manage overwhelming emotions and addresses dissociation, promoting a more connected sense of self.
Customized treatment plans at Continuum Outpatient Care are tailored to individual experiences to ensure the partial hospitalization program is attuned to the unique needs of each patient.
How Trauma-Informed Care Differs from Traditional Treatment
Here are just some some key differences:
- Understanding of Trauma: Traditional treatment might not explicitly address or recognize the role of trauma in a person’s life and subsequent challenges. Trauma-informed care prioritizes understanding the prevalence and impact of trauma, acknowledging that it can affect various aspects of an individual’s well-being.
- Emphasis on Safety: Traditional treatment focuses primarily on symptom reduction or behavior change. On the other hand, trauma-informed therapy prioritizes creating a safe and supportive therapeutic environment to help clients feel secure and respected, enabling room for growth and change.
- Empowerment and Collaboration: Traditional counseling often has a more authoritative approach with the therapist taking the lead. Trauma-informed therapy encourages collaboration and empowers individuals in the decision-making process, respecting their autonomy and choices.
- Avoidance of Re-traumatization: Traditional treatment may inadvertently trigger or re-traumatize individuals due to a lack of awareness about potential triggers. However, trauma-informed therapy actively works to avoid re-traumatization by incorporating strategies to minimize triggers and ensuring a gradual and consensual approach to addressing traumatic experiences.
- Holistic Perspective: Traditional therapy might focus narrowly on specific symptoms or issues. Trauma-informed therapy takes a holistic approach, considering the broader context of an individual’s life, relationships, and experiences.
How Do You Know if a PHP is Right for You?
Severity of Symptoms
Recent Hospitalization or Crisis
Need for Structured Treatment
Ability to Live at Home
Commitment to Treatment
Professional and Family Support
Determining Levels of Care
How Often Does a Partial Hospitalization Program Meet?
- Full-day programs: Patients may attend full-day programs, often lasting six hours or more each day. This comprehensive schedule allows for a range of therapeutic activities, including individual therapy, group therapy, and skill-building sessions.
- Weekday attendance: Most programs often operate on weekdays, mirroring a typical work week. This schedule allows patients to receive intensive treatment during the day and return home in the evenings.
- Variable intensity: Some programs may offer variable intensity options. This allows for adjustments in the number of days attended per week based on the person’s progress and needs.
How Often Does Our PHP at Continuum Outpatient Care Meet?
- The severity of the person’s mental health symptoms
- The goals of treatment
- The recommendations of our treatment team
How Continuum Outpatient Care and Our Partial Hospitalization Program Can Help
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