Teen & Adolescent Inpatient Psychiatric Program in Utah

Our goal is to provide compassionate, results-based care for our patients and residents. To that end, we have developed a series of specialized treatment tracks.

About the Breakthru Program

Learn more about the adolescent Break Thru Program at Highland Ridge Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah

Highland Ridge Hospital is known for providing compassionate, quality treatment for individuals who are struggling with behavioral health concerns in Salt Lake City, Utah. Each day, our staff of experienced professionals is guided by four carefully chosen words – care, concern, compassion, and competence. As such, we are pleased to offer services along the full continuum of care for psychiatric and substance abuse issues, with specialized supports available for specific populations with unique needs.

The Break Thru After School Program is an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) for teens ages 13 through 17 who are struggling with symptoms of a variety of substance abuse and mental health concerns such as:

  • Oppositional defiant disorder (ODD)
  • Substance abuse
  • Pornography addiction
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Mood disorders
  • Psychotic disorders

This program typically lasts for approximately two months, and during their time with us, each teen participant will have access to a host of services designed to meet his or her unique needs for recovery. An IOP is typically an ideal treatment level for a person who does not require the intensely structured support found in a residential treatment setting, but who may not be ready to rely on traditional outpatient care alone.

What to Expect

What to expect in our specialized program for teens & adolescents

If this is the first time you are exploring an IOP for a teen you care about, you likely have many questions about what this treatment experience will consist of. A typical day in the Break Thru Program includes:

  • Three group counseling sessions per day
  • Family therapy sessions once per week
  • Various experiential therapies like yoga and our ropes course once or twice per week
  • Dinner

Importance of Group Counseling

Find out more about the importance of group counseling for adolescents at Highland Ridge Hospital

A key component of the Break Thu Program, group counseling allows teens to connect with their peers in a safe setting to share their experiences with others who understand what they are going through. Guided by a licensed therapist, these groups are infused with a variety of empirically validated treatment modalities such as dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), and recreational therapy.

Group counseling formats include psychoeducational groups, process groups, and experiential groups, and can focus on a wide variety of topics such as:

  • Communication
  • Healthy relationships
  • Skill-building
  • Coping skills for anxiety
  • Depression
  • Self-harm
  • Anger management
  • Substance use
  • Pornography addiction

Family Support

Family therapy at Highland Ridge Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah

At Highland Ridge Hospital, we understand how important it is to include family members and loved ones in a teen’s recovery process. Family therapy is conducted by a licensed therapist, and occurs once per week within the Break Thru Program. During this time, families can work to improve their communication patterns, work towards greater empathy and understanding, and repair their relationships with one another.

When a teen has met the goals and objectives outlined in his or her treatment plan and is preparing to exit the Break Thru Program, a thorough discharge plan will be provided. This plan will outline recommendations for continuing care options and available community resources. It will also include appropriate referrals to providers and services that will assist the teen and his or her family in continuing to work toward sustained recovery.

Find Out More

Contact us today to find out more about the Break Thru After School Program at Highland Ridge Hospital

If you’ve been looking for compassionate, effective, after-school treatment for a teen in the Greater Salt Lake City, area, look no further than Highland Ridge Hospital. To learn more about the Break Thru After School Program, or any other aspect of our services, we encourage you to reach out to us at your earliest convenience. Our staff is happy to answer your questions and to assist you in beginning the admissions process today.

Highland Ridge's programs are unlike any other. They really know their stuff!

– Michelle E.