ASPIRE at Hoag - Teen Outpatient Mental Health Program

The Challenge

Adolescence is a time of significant growth and change. Challenges in school, family, or social relationships can result in significant emotional distress and difficulties meeting the demands of daily life. When an adolescent is feeling overwhelmed, and lacks effective tools to manage and overcome life stressors, they are more likely to engage in unhealthy and maladaptive behaviors that hinder growth and can be harmful.

Just like physical health, the sooner a mental health or emotional concern is identified and addressed, the better the outcome.

Concerns may include:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • ADHD
  • Mood dysregulation
  • Oppositional defiance
  • Self-injurious behaviors
  • Gri Grief and loss
  • Trauma
  • OCD
  • PTSD
  • Other symptoms relating to a mental health issue

The Hoag Solution

ASPIRE (After-School Program: Interventions and Resiliency Education) promotes emotional wellness using a holistic approach built on education, training and active participation from teens and their families. ASPIRE 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. The program offers uniquely structured treatment for adolescents with mental health conditions by providing:

  • After-school structure: ASPIRE provides structure and training after school hours – a time during which daily stresses and lack of supervision make young people especially prone to making poor choices.

  • Focus on hope, not mental illness: The focus of the program is to offer solutions and skills to provide hope and create a positive learning environment.

  • Development of life skills: Utilizing dialectical behavioral therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy techniques, ASPIRE engages the youth and their families in individual, group and family therapy sessions. Program activities are designed to teach practical coping strategies and allow participants to practice what they’ve learned in a supportive environment.

ASPIRE meets four afternoons per week for eight consecutive weeks. Once the program has been completed, participants will be invited to attend aftercare treatment sessions, held once a week, to prevent relapse and support continued skills development.

ASPIRE accepts most major insurance plans.