Services > Adolescent Partial / Intensive Outpatient - Loma Linda Behavioral Med.

Loma Linda University Behavioral Medicine Center's (LLUBMC) adolescent outpatient programs welcomes you. Our programs are designed for adolescents experiencing emotional, behavioral, and/or chemical dependency problems but do not require inpatient psychiatric hospitalization. We place a strong emphasis in treating the entire family with the goals of restoring a sense of hope, bringing balance to the family unit, and providing a tailored treatment plan based on the individual's specific needs. We have locations in both Redlands and Murrieta, California.


Reasons for Admission

  • Aggressive behavior
  • Anger/rage episodes
  • Anxiety
  • Defiant behavior
  • Depression
  • Domestic violence
  • Drug/alcohol use
  • Grief, loss, or abandonment
  • Identity problems
  • Legal problems
  • Low motivation
  • Runaway episodes
  • School problems/truancy
  • Self-mutilation
  • Severe family conflict
  • Sexual abuse/assault
  • Suicidal threats/attempts

Partial Hospitalization Program or Intensive Outpatient Program

Recognizing a patient's need of various levels of care, LLUBMC offers two adolescent outpatient programs. The Partial Hospital Program is a highly structured therapeutic day treatment program lasting nine hours, five days per week. This program serves as a "step down" from inpatient hospitalization or as a means to prevent hospitalization.

The Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) was created for those individuals only needing treatment a few hours a week. Families attend with their adolescent three evenings per week for three hours.

In both programs, a team of qualified and supportive professionals provides education and therapeutic treatment to both the adolescent and his/her family. Through an individualized family-centered approach, both programs aim to stabilize the family and prepare them for successful transition into a lower level of care.

If your teenager is experiencing any of the problems mentioned above, you are probably feeling overwhelmed and discouraged. You may have already had encounters with school authorities, police officers, or the court system. You may also feel there is no one to turn to for help. Our programs offer hope in a safe environment where families learn the skills they need to bring stability to the family system.


Partial Hospitalization Program

This program offers an array of services and specialties to address the specific developmental needs of adolescents. With the regular feedback of parents regarding the adolescent's progress at home in the evenings and over the weekends, treatment plans are highly individualized and focus on the specific needs of each family.

Through individual, group, and family therapy, specific attention is paid to:

  • Anger management
  • Communication and assertiveness
  • Crisis management
  • Health and wellness
  • Management of daily living skills
  • Medication management and compliance
  • Psychological testing
  • Reintegration into the community
  • Self-esteem and awareness
  • Social and life skills
  • Spiritual awareness
  • Substance use and dual diagnosis
  • Symptoms of psychosis

Treatment Approach

The goal of improved family functioning is addressed by working with the family on a variety of issues. These issues are explored by identifying the events leading to the family crises, determining how to appropriately manage similar future incidents to life issues, and processing a crisis within the context of the family.

Adolescent Peer Groups

Peer groups offer adolescents an opportunity to address their concerns about past behaviors, learn new skills to manage their actions, and process the fears and challenges in changing their behavior.

Individual Therapy

Individual therapy offers adolescents an opportunity to address emotional issues they may not feel comfortable discussing in a group setting. Sessions will also be used to develop a treatment plan based on the specific goals of the adolescent and sources of motivation.

Family Therapy

Family therapy offers the opportunity for the family unit to learn how to have a healthy relationship, communicate their concerns about the past, and share hopes for the future. Families will also develop a plan of action that will assist them in their transition to a lower level of care.

Intensive Outpatient Program

Program tracks

The Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) is designed for adolescents who may not require inpatient psychiatric hospitalization or a partial hospital program, yet need more than one or two outpatient visits per week with a therapist or psychiatrist. Three separate tracks are offered to meet specific individual/family needs.

Chemical Dependency Track
This track is designed for adolescents whose drug or alcohol abuse is interfering with personal safety, achievements, and healthy family communication. Issues underlying substance abuse are explored and addressed through therapy and education using a twelve-step approach.

Dual Diagnosis Track
This track is designed for adolescents with diagnoses including depression, anxiety, mood disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), attention deficit disorder (ADD), and bipolar disorder, and who are using drugs or alcohol. Education is provided for medication management along with relapse prevention skills.

Mental Health Track
This track is designed for adolescents struggling with depression, suicidal thoughts, mood swings, ADHD, ADD, anger, anxiety, and impulse control. Patients and their families learn healthy coping skills and communication.


Adolescent therapy group
In an atmosphere of trust and support, adolescents are encouraged to be open about how their behavioral or substance abuse has caused serious difficulties in their lives.

Adolescent education group
Adolescents learn to stabilize their lives through anger management, personal responsibility, communication skills, coping skills, and conflict resolution. Chemical dependency and dual diagnosis tracks are introduced to the twelve-step process and relapse prevention techniques.

Multi-family therapy group
Working together, families identify roles, expectations, and negative patterns while exploring the overwhelming effects of behavioral problems and/or substance abuse on the family system.

Parent support group
Within a supportive environment, parents learn better ways to handle frustration, guilt, apathy, and overwhelming feelings. Parents are taught communication skills, limit-setting, and ways to identify negative family patterns and substance abuse.


For more information

Loma Linda University Behavioral Medicine Center
1710 Barton Road
Redlands, CA 92373

Program information: (909) 558-9275


Loma Linda University Behavioral Medicine Center-Murrieta
28078 Baxter Road, Suite 230
Murrieta, CA 92563

Program information: (951) 290-6530