Adult Track - Acceptance and Mindfulness-Based Partial Hospital Program

Acceptance and Mindfulness-Based Partial Hospital Program – Rhode Island Hospital
Faculty Supervisor(s): Rachel Ojserkis, PhD​, Catherine D’Avanzato, PhD, Mark Zimmerman, MD, Olga Obraztsova, PhD, Doug Long, PhD, Adriana Hyams, PhD, Kristin Davidoff, PhD, Molly Meth, PhD, Christina Mele, PhD, Vanessa Wu, PhD, Russell Marks, PhD (faculty appointment pending), Alex Brake, PhD (faculty appointment pending), Timothy Carroll, PhD (faculty appointment pending), Dana Goetz, PhD (faculty appointment pending), & Kristy Dalrymple, PhD

The Acceptance and Mindfulness-Based Partial Hospitalization Program at Rhode Island Hospital (RIH PHP) serves adults aged 18 years and older who present with a range of psychological problems, including mood, anxiety, PTSD, and personality disorders.  The primary treatment model is based in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), although other empirically supported behavior therapies, including Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and ACT-enhanced exposure therapies are also integrated as indicated.

The partial hospital runs from 8:00 AM to 2:00PM Monday through Friday, and the average length of stay for patients is 2-3 weeks.  Patients attend 4 groups per day, providing them with skills in: values and goals clarification; greater acceptance towards difficult feelings and thoughts while engaging in meaningful behaviors; improving interpersonal relationships; and increasing mindfulness and other coping behaviors.  Patients also receive individual therapy and medication management sessions on a daily basis. Three specialty treatment tracks are currently available tailoring ACT for (1) trauma/PTSD, (2) young adult issues, and 3) borderline personality disorder/emotion regulation difficulties. Currently, the program is operating virtually with some minor schedule modifications due to the COVID-19 pandemic.