Crossroads: Adolescent DBT Intensive Outpatient Program

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a form of therapy created by Marsha Linehan specifically for people who have difficulty tolerating and regulating challenging emotions. These individuals often develop strategies for coping with these intense emotions that help them feel better in the short term but end up causing more suffering in the long term.

DBT can be helpful for teens experiencing symptoms of depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic-stress disorder (PTSD). Program participants often struggle with one or more of the following:

  • Self-harm
  • Suicidal thoughts or behaviors
  • Alcohol or drug misuse
  • School or work avoidance
  • Aggression (verbal or physical)
  • Disordered eating behaviors
  • Interpersonal difficulties.

IOP can be helpful for teens who:

  • Have tried a less intensive level of therapy
  • Have not achieved the level of stability they want
  • Have demonstrated an escalation of behaviors that could lead to hospitalization
  • Are stepping down from inpatient or residential treatment

Crossroads Adolescent Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) is typically 6 weeks. Both the teen and the caregiver are required to participate. The adolescent will participate 3-5 days per week from 2:00pm – 5:00pm. The caregiver will participate 1-2 days per week for 1-2 hours, including the initial intake, family DBT skills group (Wednesday’s 3:30pm – 5:00pm) and family therapy sessions. The caregiver participating in the program does not need to be the legal guardian. If the caregiver is not the legal guardian, the guardian will need to be present at the intake.

For treatment to be most effective, it is critical that the adolescent and caregiver have some motivation/interest in making positive changes. For this reason, the adolescent/guardian must call the program directly to schedule an intake. Referrals must come directly from the family.

Program Contact:

Elizabeth Griswold,  Co-Director, Crossroads Adolescent/Transitional-Aged Youth (TAY) IOP
45 San Remo Drive
South Burlington, VT 05403

Phone:  802.662.4496
Fax:  802.662.4538

Program Information:

  • Program Type:  Intensive Outpatient
  • Service Types:  The IOP includes: individual (adolescent) therapy, family therapy, adolescent DBT skills group, family DBT skills group, supportive counseling group, expressive therapy group, psychiatric evaluation/medication management, clinical evaluation/recommendations.
  • Gender:  Any/All
  • Ages:  13-19
  • Length of Stay:  6 weeks (Average=24 treatment days)

Referring Agencies:

  • Referrals must come directly from the adolescent participant’s caregiver or legal guardian
  • Community providers are welcome to reach out for more information, with questions, or to share relevant clinical information.