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    Bradley Hospital
    1011 Veterans Memorial Parkway East Providence, RI, 02915 


    The Intensive Program for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) provides treatment to children and adolescents, ages 5 to 18, who experience significant impairment in their daily lives due to OCD and obsessive-compulsive spectrum disorders.

    Treatment takes place three hours a day, five days a week, and includes home-based treatment services. The average treatment length is five to six weeks. 

    Ours is the only program on the East Coast to use a milieu-based intensive treatment model with this age group.   

    The program’s goal is to alleviate OCD symptoms, while improving daily functioning and
    promoting further involvement in school, social and family activities.


    OCD's Impact on Child & Family

    Common challenges caused by OCD include:   

    • School avoidance or difficulty attending school  

    • Withdrawal from family, friends 

    • Loss of interest in sports, other activities  

    • Problems eating, sleeping and bathing   

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    The Intensive Program for OCD can be an effective care option for youth who have not responded to traditional outpatient treatment or who lack specialized OCD services where they live.   

    A leader in children’s psychiatric care

    OCD IOP Smiling teenager The program is one of many renowned programs and services that bring families from across the country to Bradley Hospital, the nation's first psychiatric hospital devoted exclusively to children and adolescents.

    At the forefront of OCD treatment and research, our clinical team uses a form of cognitive behavioral therapy called “exposure and response prevention.” 

    The treatment of choice for individuals with OCD, exposure and response prevention strengthens a child’s ability to manage anxiety by gradually facing fears and reducing the repetitive rituals of OCD. 

    Tailoring care to your child’s needs

    The Intensive Program for OCD provides a full spectrum of services, including individual therapy, and family, group and milieu therapy. 

    Our clinicians create individualized, age-appropriate treatment plans for each child.

    Parents and family members contribute to this plan, starting with the child’s evaluation and throughout treatment. 

    For more information about The Intensive Program for OCD, please call our staff at 401-432-1516 .