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Ages 8-13

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About the Program

in person Chicago, Illinois
Northbrook, Illinois*
Oak Brook, Illinois
ages 8-13
Treatment Levels IOP
*Program offerings may differ by location. Kindly call us to confirm specific program details. Northbrook accepts children as young as 7.
Program Overview - Compass Health Center

Program Overview

Compass Health Center’s After-School Intensive Outpatient (IOP) Program treats children struggling with Mood & Anxiety Disorders. Children in this program continue to attend school during the day and join IOP in the evening. Compass Provides evidence-based therapies to help children develop more effective coping skills, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). As part of Compass’s individualized care model, children participate in family therapy with one or more of their family members, which greatly facilitates symptom management and overall treatment goals.

What to Expect - Compass Health Center

What to Expect

Compass’s multidisciplinary team develops an individualized treatment plan for each patient that includes:

  • Full psychiatric evaluation 
  • Regular psychiatric consultations with a dedicated psychiatrist or psychiatric nurse practitioner 
  • Daily structured group therapy 
  • Weekly individual therapy sessions with a dedicated individual therapist 
  • Family therapy sessions with a dedicated family therapist 
  • Experiential therapies such as recreation therapy, creative expression, and mindfulness 
  • Ongoing reassessments and modifications to treatment plan 
  • A secure online portal that parents can use to check in with members of their child’s treatment team

Compass’s customized treatment plans are tailored to the needs of each individual and adapted over the course of treatment. Program participants work with therapists who specialize in after school programs. The group therapy model provides the opportunity to connect with others, normalize experiences, and build group accountability. This individualized approach to treatment supports people in making progress towards achieving a meaningful and functional life.   

Treatment Modalities - Compass Health Center

Treatment Modalities

Psychiatric assessment and medication management
Individual therapy
Group therapy
Family therapy
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
Executive functioning support
Educational support
Nursing care
Art therapy*
Recreation/Yoga/Dance-movement therapy*
Improv therapy*
*Not available at all locations

Our Success Stories

Double Quotes - Compass Health Center

Compass saved my life! I came into Compass with suicidal ideations and no hope. After a couple of weeks of being in the program, I did not have those thoughts anymore. Compass helped me change my mindset, from a negative pattern of thoughts to a more positive and optimistic frame of mind.

Double Quotes - Compass Health Center

My child is leaving Compass more equipped to handle her emotions, her anxiety, her depression, and the things that all trigger these. She is willing to use the skills, which is a huge change, and this is all due to how well Compass worked for her.

Parent of Child Patient
Double Quotes - Compass Health Center

I liked how in Compass, everyone was respectful of my opinions, pronouns, and preferred name. There was no judging, and you can open up to people. I also like how I can relate to other kids. I also really appreciate learning new skills.

Double Quotes - Compass Health Center

Compass is a godsend. An amazing program for children who are struggling and families who are seeking help and guidance. I could not imagine that she would be so much better in less than 2 months. I wish we could have found Compass without going to the ER. Thanks for all you do!

Parent of Child Patient
Double Quotes - Compass Health Center

The evening IOP program challenged me in a supportive and respectful way to help change my way of thinking. Compass provided me with the tools to help deal with life situations in a healthy way.

Adult Patient