The intensive outpatient program (IOP) at LPBHC provides students with the opportunity to learn crucial life skills from the comfort of their home. Programming hours are from 9:00am to 1:00pm, Monday through Friday.
During this time, students learn about anger management, conflict resolution, coping skills, wellness, time management skills, mindfulness and many other topics. Our IOP staff provide age appropriate programming from children and adolescents with a variety of activities to help keep students engaged.
Our IOP team consists of 2 master’s level clinicians, 1 behavioral health technician, and a psychiatric nurse practitioner. Adam Whitford, MA has been with LPBHC since 2014. He earned his degree in Human Development Counseling from the University of Illinois – Springfield. He strives to practice what he teaches so that he can be a good example for the patients and families we serve. Nancy Merlo, LCSW received her Master of Social Work from the University of Illinois – Chicago. She is the newest member to the IOP team and has been at LPBHC since March of this year. She comes to LPBHC with 10 years’ experience in community mental health in the Chicago area providing support to children and their families. Taylor Wiebers, BS joined the LPBHC team last year and is a recent graduate of the University of Iowa where she received her degree in Therapeutic Recreation. She completed her clinical internship at Epworth Children and Family Services in the St. Louis area. She has been involved in program coordinating for at-risk youth and underserved populations for 5 years. Amy Yeates, DNP has been with LPBHC for 5 years. Her passion has been psychiatry and mental health for 35 years.
Our team is extremely excited about this new program and are working hard to make it successful for all the students who participate. We look forward to growing the program to help reach children and adolescents across the state who may have barriers to getting effective treatment.