For recently returning servicemen and women who have been diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Hampton Behavioral Health Center offers a specialized Intensive Outpatient Program. Our Trauma Outpatient Program for Servicemen and Women (T.O.P.S.) focuses on enhancing coping skills and maximizing resiliency. T.O.P.S., which runs three hours, three days a week, provides a safe, structured environment in which survivors of military trauma can share experiences with peers under the guidance of a licensed clinician. The group members work through trauma-related themes and prepare themselves to focus on the present, allowing them to move on with their lives.
T.O.P.S. begins with a comprehensive assessment that includes an evaluation by a member of our psychiatric medical staff. If clinically indicated, medication can be prescribed to help reduce the anxiety, depression and insomnia that accompany PTS. Treatment is based on the principles of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, which involves learning skills for effective communicating and relating to others. Survivors will also participate in non-verbal trauma therapies, such as journaling and visual imagery. Patients are taught relaxation techniques and the importance of sleep, exercise and nutrition for their recovery. To support a healthy lifestyle, substance abuse and relapse prevention will be incorporated into the program when appropriate.
Because T.O.P.S. is a program dedicated to active duty or recently discharged service personnel, Hampton staff works closely with military command and on-base providers to ensure continuity of care for patients once they have completed the program.
Because of Hampton’s close proximity to several military installations, we are easily accessible as a treatment provider for military dependents and retirees. Families are free to call Hampton’s Access Center at (800) 603-6767 or (609) 518-2100 to inquire about any of our programs.
Military Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP)
The Military PHP is daily from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The focus of this program is reintegration into civilian life.
Military Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)
The Military IOP is offered on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. The focus of this program is to provide support while the Service member prepares to return to work or active military duty. Aftercare will include follow up appointments with base providers.
Trauma Outpatient Program for Servicemen and Women (TOPS)
The TOPS program is offered on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. The focus of this program is helping Service members that have experienced military related trauma with reducing symptoms associated with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, enhancing coping skills and maximizing resiliency.
If a Service member presents with addiction issues, they can be addressed in dual programming or within the military groups, depending on the severity of the Service members’ addiction.
Group topics for the military programs include:
- Anger Management
- Anxiety Management
- Coping Skills
- Depression Management
- Grief and Loss
- Healthy Relationships
- Reintegration into Civilian Life
Lunch is available for participants in the hospital cafeteria.
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