Intensive Outpatient Programs target cognition, affect, and psychophysiological symptoms. Affective components are concerned with becoming aware of, identifying, and expressing feelings, as well as finding healthy ways to manage varying levels of emotional intensity. For instance, anger, fear, loss, grief, and sadness may be evaluated in regards to the role they may play in the pathology.
Cognitive aspects of a program may comprise problem-solving skills, coping skills, and action planning, particularly as it pertains to problematic situations and relationships. This may also include the evaluation of self-talk, self-defeating patters, irrational thinking, and conditioning.
The psychophysiological aspects of the program concentrate on bodily processes that may exacerbate symptoms. This may involve working with illness, episodic and chronic conditions, overall health and wellness, pain management, and fitness.