Services at Banner Thunderbird Medical Center  

Adolescent Intensive Outpatient Program

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Banner Thunderbird Adolescent Intensive Outpatient program meets every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 5 to 8 pm.  It is a 24 session (eight-week) program.  Wednesday is the Parent Session.

The program is designed for adolescents, ages 13 to 17, who are experiencing the following symptoms:

  • Thoughts of suicide
  • Self-harm behavior
  • Mood swings and difficulty regulating emotions
  • Anger outbursts
  • Intense conflicts with family and/or friends
  • Low mood
  • Irritability
  • Low self-esteem
  • Excessive worry or panic attacks.

The program is a lower level of care than an inpatient hospitalization, but a higher level of care than individual therapy.  The program offers teens coping skills from the Roadmap to Peace of Mind, which is based on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). 

The theory behind the program is that teenagers do not choose to suffer or have emotional pain.  Their desire for a better life, partnered with their parents' support and the skills offered in this program, will provide them with the quality of life they long for. 

Parental Involvement
Parents and/or guardians are required to attend the Wednesday evening group. Ongoing communication with parents is imperative throughout the program.

Program Costs
Our program is covered by most insurance plans. Please contact your carrier, or we will be happy to assist you with this.

How to enter into the program
For an assessment, please call the Banner Appointment Line
(602) 254-4357 or (800) 254-4357 (toll-free in Arizona)
. Patients need to be assessed before they can begin the program.

For questions about the program, please call
Adolescent Therapist 
Phil McDonald, LMSW
(602) 865-4798

Banner Thunderbird Medical Center
5555 W. Thunderbird Road
Glendale, AZ 85306
(602) 865-5555
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