Youth IOP

New Start Digital Youth Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)

A Virtual Solution for Our Youth

New Start Digital Youth Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP), the first and only of its kind in Canada, is an online mental health treatment program for adolescents.  New Start Digital Youth IOP was developed by a Toronto-based Child and Youth psychologist. The program uses researched-informed behavioural approaches –

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) – to support recovery from mental health symptoms.\

The eight-week online program combines individual and group support. The program also includes parent/caregiver workshops which are based on Emotion Focused Family Therapy(EFFT).

Who is appropriate for the program?

  • Youth in grades 9-12 (14-18 years old)
  • Youth having difficulty with stress, anxiety, and/or sadness
  • Youth who may be engaging in risky behaviours to cope with difficult emotions
  • Youth who have tried to change or control thoughts and feelings and it has become exhausting and/or has not worked

New Start Digital Youth Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP), the first and only of its kind in Canada, is an online mental health treatment program for adolescents.  New Start Digital Youth IOP was developed by a Toronto-based Child and Youth psychologist. The program uses researched-informed behavioural approaches –

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) – to support recovery from mental health symptoms.\

The eight-week online program combines individual and group support. The program also includes parent/caregiver workshops which are based on Emotion Focused Family Therapy(EFFT).

Who is appropriate for the program?

  • Youth in grades 9-12 (14-18 years old)
  • Youth having difficulty with stress, anxiety, and/or sadness
  • Youth who may be engaging in risky behaviours to cope with difficult emotions
  • Youth who have tried to change or control thoughts and feelings and it has become exhausting and/or has not worked

Participants will learn to:

  • Practice acceptance to tolerate painful feelings and emotions
  • Avoid unhelpful behaviours when experiencing intense emotions
  • Notice and manage unhelpful thoughts and feelings
  • Understand that individuals are different from their thoughts, feelings, and experiences

What are requirements to participate?

  • Program will be delivered via secure video conference and access to a computer with microphone and video is essential (please contact us if lack of access to technology is a barrier for you)
  • Participants must avoid all use of drugs and alcohol prior to and during the group sessions
  • Participants attend weekly group and individual sessions for eight weeks, with additional support after attending the program for up to six months. Parents or caregivers will also participate in a three-session workshop

The pilot program is sponsored by generous donations made to the New Start Foundation for Addiction and Mental Health.

Applicants who meet the clinical criteria will also need to complete an application to be eligible for subsidy. A nominal fee of $50 will be charged to promote accountability and regular attendance.

To learn more about New Start Digital Youth IOP and subsidized eligibility, please call 1-866-942-6761