At Aris Clinic, our goal is to help kids before their mental health issues cause significant difficulties in their families, schools and/or communities. We specialize in a mental health Intensive Outpatient Treatment Program for kids ages 5–18 struggling with emotional and behavioral health issues.
This is a Monday – Friday, full-day in-person program that includes therapy and onsite education services. The program is short-term. Patients typically transition back to their regular school within 6–12 weeks.
Patients receive 3 hours of group therapy daily. Each day includes a Therapeutic Process Group, a Therapeutic Skills Group using an acceptance and commitment therapy curriculum, and a Psychoeducation Group. All groups are interactive for each group member. Group sizes are limited to 10 members for grades 7-12 and 6 members for grades K-6.
In addition to group therapy, our program includes:
When a child or adolescent meets criteria for an Intensive Outpatient Program, many people think achieving mental stability trumps academics. We have learned differently. A child’s mental state is often deeply woven into the academic and social success that he or she is experiencing in the school setting. For this reason, our full-time teachers support students continuing their academics while also seeking mental health treatment.
We collaborate with local school districts to incorporate regular schooling into the daily IOP. By providing schooling within the therapeutic programming, our team can teach strategies for acceptance and healthy routines. In addition, it enables us to clarify a patient’s diagnosis, treatment and discharge readiness.
We provide education services to all patients using NE Metro 916 curriculum and general/special education teachers. Our program has a low student to teacher ratio (14:1 for grades 7–12 and 6:1 for grades K–6). In addition, frequent teacher interaction is provided to support students with educational needs. Teachers coordinate appropriate courses and learning materials to support each student.
Upon patient enrollment, parents are asked to sign a Release of Information (ROI) so that school contact may be made. The teachers work closely with home schools to ensure students continue with the curriculum their home school would like the student to focus on. Students in grades 9–12 can choose to continue to pursue their studies from their home high school under the guidance of the 916 teachers. Alternatively, they can use the 916’s curriculum, which is aligned to Minnesota state standards. In addition, there is a strong partnership with the Aris Clinic staff to maintain balance of academics and each student’s treatment goals.
Prior to discharging from the program, the educational team coordinates an assessment review. Family and staff from the patient’s home school are invited to review treatment progress, recommendations for continued care, and any changes made to the individual education plan (IEP). Aris Clinic and teaching staff may consult with the patient’s home school if an alternative educational placement is recommended after IOP treatment.
We are excited to continue offering in-person intensive outpatient treatment services for kids ages 5–18 this school year. We have thoughtfully designed a safe, nature-based therapeutic program that prevents the spread of COVID-19, while still providing a supportive environment for mental health healing. Programming will be outdoors in our natural setting when possible in the fall. With cooler and bad weather, we will move indoors and follow physical distancing.
We will closely follow safety and hygiene protocols outlined by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and adjust our approach per their guidance. Safety measures include:
Our team works closely with patients and their families to identify problem areas. We group patients by age and therapeutic needs.
1 in 5 children ages 13-18 in the U.S. need mental health services; only 20% are likely to receive professional help
Source: National Institute of Mental Health