What is an Intensive Outpatient Program?

Let’s talk about the value of intensive outpatient programs. This is a continuation of our ongoing discussion about the value of integrative care. I don’t know about you, but it’s so easy for me to compartmentalize my self-care. I mean, most organizational methods silo everything for easy management, so why not apply the same method, right? The thing is, you and I are more than flesh and blood. 

The physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual aspects of our soul are deeply connected.  It may seem logical to address physical issues for physical symptoms, but it may need something else for the breakthrough. An Integrative approach offers a more thorough and balanced set of tools that can help.

Here at New Life Community, we partner with In Him Christian Wellness. They are a not-for-profit organization that uses an integrative care approach to wellness. We love the work that they do because people around us are broken and need more than kind words. We believe, bar for none, that Jesus is the answer, but sometimes we need a powerful tool to dig out issues that hold us down.

Intensive Outpatient Program

The intensive outpatient program is One of the tools offered through In Him Christian Wellness. Yeah, I know, right? That sounds clinical and maybe a little scary? You know what, though? This is one of those power tools that help get through the bedrock layers of our yuck.

The Intensive Outpatient Program is designed for a person who is going through a particularly difficult time when the traditional “one session a week” approach just isn’t going to cut it. There are many reasons a person might find themself in this situation. Issues like divorce and grief can create critical overwhelm. So, it’s not just for the extreme disorders we typically think of. 

The Intensive Outpatient Program at In Him Christian Wellness is 40 hours of sessions packed into two weeks. There is a lot of work that happens through a unique package of therapies customized for each specific individual. This approach helps individuals get unstuck as they work with a team of professional counselors using therapies from each discipline.

Check out today’s episode on The Pastor and the Counselor, as Pastor Ryan, Jon Burchard, and Dani Nickerson talk about some of the specific therapies offered through the Intensive Outpatient Program. Hear them talk about some of the creative arts projects that have helped clients find healing and breakthrough!


Written by Maureen Brown

Maureen Is our Worship and Communications Pastor. She has served New Life Community alongside Pastor Ryan for 19 years.  She is passionate about Jesus and His Church, which is why she does what she does. Maureen has been leading worship, teaching, and mentoring her entire adult life. She graduated in 1996, from Emmanuel Bible College with a Bachelor of Religious Education in Professional Studies with a double minor in Christian Education and Music and then married Ryan—the love of her life. Maureen is a blogger so she brings a special set of gifts that are well used in the area of Communications here at NLC.