The Day Center

Organization: Psychiatric Institute of Washington

At the Day Center, we promote mental, physical, spiritual and emotional healing through a holistic, integrated and evidence-based treatment approach. We provide trauma interventions, mindfulness and art therapy to help improve outcomes in the clients we serve. Patients can achieve a lasting recovery with support from peers and a highly trained staff.

Intensive Outpatient & Partial Hospitalization Program
Both the IOP & PHP programs offer a structured daily schedule consisting of evidence-based group therapy and a variety of hands-on art therapy, recreation and expressive activities. We help adults experiencing mental health conditions such as PTSD, depression, bipolar diagnoses, or anxiety return to a healthy daily routine that incorporates self-care, social interaction, and mindfulness.

The Partial Hospitalization Program provides an intense, structured treatment setting for individuals who would benefit from daily therapeutic interventions or who would otherwise require inpatient psychiatric care.

Intensive Outpatient Treatment (IOP)
Intensive Outpatient clients come to the PIW Day Center from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm three days a week for psychiatric services and group therapy sessions. While multiple groups are offered licensed clinicians work with each IOP client to develop an individualized treatment plan based on the client’s strengths, diagnosis and identified opportunities for growth and skill building.

During treatment, patients generally attend 3 groups a day and receive other individualized care provided by licensed clinicians and a psychiatrist in accordance with the client’s treatment plan.

Partial Hospitalization Treatment (PHP)
The Partial Hospitalization Program runs five days per week, five hours each day 9:00am to 2:00pm, plus a 30 minute lunch break. Each day:

Begins with a community meeting group to review the daily schedule
Welcomes any new individuals
Reviews progress on treatment goals
Addresses any concerns or challenges
During treatment, patients generally attend 4 groups a day and receive other individualized care provided by licensed clinicians and a psychiatrist in accordance with the patient’s treatment plan.

Trauma Recovery & Empowerment Model
The Day Center at PIW utilizes an evidence based approach called The Trauma Recovery and Empowerment Model (TREM). TREM is a fully manualized, group-based intervention designed to facilitate trauma recovery among women with histories of exposure to sexual, emotional and physical abuse. Drawing on cognitive restructuring, psychoeducational, and skills-training techniques, the intervention emphasizes the development of coping skills and social support. It addresses both short-term and long-term consequences of violent victimization and neglect, including mental health symptoms, such as posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, and substance abuse.

The Day Center at PIW utilizes the practice of Mindfulness to support clients in their healing. Mindfulness is an integrative, mind-body based approach that helps people to manage their thoughts, feelings and mental health. It has become widely used in a range of contexts to support emotional health and awareness.

Mindfulness exercises are ways of paying attention to the present moment, using techniques like meditation, breathing, and yoga. Training helps people to become more aware of their thoughts, feelings and body sensations so that instead of being overwhelmed by them, they are better able to manage them. Practicing mindfulness can give more insight into emotions, boost attention and concentration as well as improve relationships.
Service Category: Care
Service Eligibility: Health Conditions Adults (31-54)
Application: PIW’s Day Center Program has evidence-based treatment and skill enhancement to improve a person’s ability to function in daily life. Our clinicians perform a thorough assessment to determine if intensive outpatient or partial hospitalization is an appropriate level of care. A good candidate for the program has: An acute psychiatric disorder but is not at imminent risk for suicide or harm to others Capacity to fully participate Reasonable expectation of improvement A history of trauma (TREM Program for women) A history of significant life challenges Transportation to and from the program each day The willingness and ability to commit to the program and the therapeutic work involved. "It’s easy to get the help you or a loved one needs. Our Clinical Assessment Center is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Physicians, therapists, school personnel and other community and private agencies and organizations may request professional consultations for any individual whose behavior raises concern. Self-referrals are accepted, as well as referrals from family and community members for our inpatient substance abuse treatment or mental health care programs. If you have questions about admissions, about the Clinical Assessment Center, our mental health counseling programs, please see our Frequently Asked Questions, or visit our Contact page to get in touch with us directly. PIW provides no-cost psychiatric evaluation and self assessment screening tools for depression and substance abuse."

Psychiatric Institute of Washington
4228 Wisconsin Ave NW Washington DC 20016

(202) 885-5600

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