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Adolescent Services

Adolescent Services

The overwhelming majority (75%) of psychiatric illnesses begin within the developmental window of adolescence and emerging adulthood (ages 14-young 30’s). An evolving body of research indicates that early detection of impairments and accurate diagnosis, intensive and focused intervention, and an extended support platform for the young person and their family can affect both acuity of symptoms and have a lifelong impact on the trajectory of illness.

Yellowbrick follows National Institute of Mental Health guidelines for the approach to psychiatric illness in youth. Three major themes guiding current research relevant to mental health in adolescence are: (a) a focus on individual differences (b) the integration of biological, psychological, social, and cultural variables within a neuro-biological context; (c) Exploration of adolescent mental health and development within the social context of the family.

Adolescent After School IOP

Yellowbrick recognizes that many adolescents are struggling with psychiatric challenges which strain their well-being and ability to function effectively at school, with peers or at home. The Adolescent After School IOP provides both a preventative intervention as well as a developmentally facilitating platform for those teens who have already begun to manifest disruptive psychiatric difficulties.

The principles and emphasis of the IOP are:

  • Self-regulation/governance skill development
  • Identity integration, secure attachment and social effectiveness
  • Psychological development within the family system

Interventions will include:

  • Collaboration with professionals and schools
  • Further assessment as indicated
  • MBSR, DBT, Open DBT, ACT, CBT (anxiety, depression, insomnia)
  • Trauma, addictions & eating disorder consultation/counseling
  • Narrative, drama, improv, yoga, sensorimotor mind-body integration
  • Intensive family Rx and weekend family workshops
  • Pharmaco-genomic medication & nutraceutical Rx, neurofeedback, deepTranscranial Magnetic Stimulation


Compare Yellowbrick’s Adolescent After School IOP

  Routine Adolescent IOP Yellowbrick Adolescent IOP
Assessment 1-2 hours interviews 1 ½ days, genetic testing, neuroimaging, interviews,
90 minute Collaboration Conference
Service Integration    Splintered All on-site
Schedule 3-5 days full time
Requires missing school 
3 days after school with Family University 2 Saturdays/month
Skills-based CBT/DBT Sole intervention model  CBT, DBT, RODBT, ACT, MBSR, Sensori-motor approaches
Mind-body work to regulate emotion/behavior  Infrequent, if at all Essential to the treatment model
Educational focus on Adolescent-specific developmental challenges Possibly  Essential to the treatment model
Clinical Neuroscience Interventions Rarely available if at all On-site MD’s: neurofeedback, dTMS, medications, nutraceuticals
Family Therapy Usually 1x/week as an adjunct   Essential to the treatment model; 1-3x/week
Family education & support Usually part of family therapy Bi-monthly family workshops and Family Liaison
Staffing Generally junior masters level Experienced Masters and senior Doctoral level


Yellowbrick’s Adolescent After-School IOP Adolescent Schedule

  Monday Tuesday Thursday
3:00 – 3:25 Nurturing Mind and Body Nurturing Mind and Body Nurturing Mind and Body
3:30 –  4:20 Regulating Mind and Body Regulating Mind and Body Regulating Mind and Body
4:30 – 5:20 Self, Family, Relationships Self, Family, Relationships Self, Family, Relationships
5:30 – 6:20 Skill Development & Practice –
What happened the previous weekend?
Skill Development & Practice –
What’s going on within you?
Skill Development & Practice –
How can you apply these skills to the coming weekend?


Yellowbrick’s Adolescent After-School IOP Family Schedule

  2nd Saturday of Month 4th Saturday of Month
9:00 - 9:25 Nourishing Mind and Body Nourishing Mind and Body
9:30 – 10:20 Activity with Parents & Adolescents Parent Group Adolescent Group
10:30 – 11:20 Parent Education Adolescent Education Multiple Family Group with Parents & Adolescents


At Yellowbrick, emerging adults find their way home.

For more information, please contact Yellowbrick at 847.447.0580.