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ASPIRE at Hoag—Teen Outpatient Mental Health Program
ASPIRE promotes emotional wellness using a holistic approach built on education, training and active participation from teens and their families. The program provides a structured, supportive environment that will teach and train healthy behaviors and show teens how to effectively regulate emotion, manage distress, and engage in healthy interpersonal relationships.
Adolescence is a time of profound growth and change. While our brain is still developing, challenges in school, family, and our social relationships can result in significant emotional distress leading to difficulties in normal daily function. When feeling overwhelmed, and lacking effective tools to manage and overcome life stressors, one is more likely to engage in unhealthy and maladaptive behaviors that hinder growth and can be harmful.
In 2010, 30 percent of students in the Newport-Mesa school district reported drug abuse, 50 percent reported alcohol abuse, and the numbers have continued to rise. Suicide rates have doubled since 2010. In 2017, one of seven people in this age group experienced a major depressive episode according to a recent study. If you are a parent of a teen in Orange County today, you likely have your own story—direct or indirect—to underscore this unfortunate reality.
The Hoag Solution
Pickup Family Neurosciences Institute has launched a programmatic answer to this glaring community need. ASPIRE (After School Program: Intervention and Resiliency Education) is an intensive outpatient program for adolescents, ages 13-17, with primary mental health disorders and possible co-occurring substance abuse challenges. The program guides teens and their families through an eight-week curriculum of skills-based training in stress management, resiliency, interpersonal communication, mental health and substance abuse education. The ASPIRE program at Hoag is now accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) for teens to receive high school credits. Learn more about the ASPIRE program.
Teen Mental Health Concerns Addressed
Just like physical health, the sooner a mental health or emotional concern is identified and addressed, the better the outcome. Concerns may include:
- Mood dysregulation
- Oppositional defiance
- Self-injurious behaviors
- Grief and loss
- Other symptoms relating to a mental health issue
ASPIRE News for Parents & Children
Read the latest in ASPIRE news from experts helping teens navigate through the COVID-19 crisis.
Virtually every segment of life has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, and the changes have been particularly difficult for…Read More
Plain and simple, all parents worry. In the 1930s, they worried about the effects of listening to the radio would…Read More
In a darkened high school auditorium, the tragedy and reality of teen suicide hits like a gut punch. A short,…Read More
CUSD hosted our first speaker series event in partnership with Hoag Hospital on September 11 at Capistrano Valley High School.…Read More
The After School Program For Interventions And Resiliency Education offered by the Pickup Family Neurosciences Institute at Hoag, received a…Read More
Plain and simple, all parents worry. In the 1930’s, they worried about the affects listening to the radio would have…Read More
After-School Program Seeks to Blunt the Increase in Suicide, Suicidal Ideation Among Depressed Teens
It’s not just someone obsessed by Columbine. Last year, a seemingly normal teen was found dead from suicide in a…Read More
It is an oddity of human nature that we so often fail to react to troubling developments until they reach…Read More
ASPIRE to Make Change
Combat teen anxiety throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. Learn about coping skills for your children.
Meet the Team
The skilled, multidisciplinary therapists and counselors are dedicated to the ASPIRE intensive outpatient program for adolescents, with primary mental health disorders and possible co-occurring substance abuse challenges.
We are here for you
Everyone needs help at different times in life, so don’t hesitate to reach out to your care team at Hoag. We’ll help find fast answers to your questions before, during, and after your treatment.