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Trauma-Focused Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) in Arizona

Aurora Behavioral Health System’s Outpatient Services offers a specialized group therapy program for Arizona residents who have suffered a traumatic experience or an ongoing traumatic experience in their life and need help with the subsequent emotions and anxiety caused by the incident.

The group offers evidence-based treatment and education that will teach effective and efficient ways in which to help reduce the patient’s symptoms that may be affecting their life and daily functioning. By learning new self-regulation skills, participants will develop positive health outcomes that will counteract trauma symptoms and lead to a better way of functioning on a daily basis.

The group does not utilize traditional “talk therapy,” but is education and skill learning based. Therefore, participants will not have to relive the traumatic experience. Rather, patients will work on dealing with the emotions, feelings and stress that the experience has caused and how those consequences stemming from the event are hindering their daily life.

Who Should Attend

Typically, our patients are individuals who have had a very stressful experience involving actual or threatened death, serious injury or some type of violence, and are suffering from emotional consequences. The event could be something that happened to the patient directly OR something the patient witnessed. It can even stem from something the patient learned happened to a family member or friend. Examples include a serious accident; fire; natural disaster such as a hurricane, tornado or earthquake; physical or sexual abuse; war; repeatedly exposed to death due to your job (e.g. first responder; nurse); homicide; or suicide. The group is open to adults 18 and older in Arizona.

Program Advantages

  • Participants will learn new, valuable skill sets that will help them quickly get back into normal daily activities.
  • With newly discovered self-regulation skills, patients will now be able to calmly handle their anxiety leading to a more peaceful, healthier existence.
  • Participants regain the ability to trust.
  • The program promotes health and wellbeing and allows patients to develop natural coping techniques in which the body helps heal itself.

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