Outpatient sociotherapy is an alternative option for people with mental illness to help avoid or reduce inpatient hospital treatment. The aim of sociotherapy is to stabilize patients psychologically, promote social integration and provide them with the tools so that they can lead independent lives and manage their illness.
Outpatient sociotherapy is covered by state funded medical aid and is intended to enable people suffering from severe mental illnesses to take advantage of medically prescribed services. Participants in outpatient sociotherapy are given the necessary support to enable them to live a largely independent lifestyle. Especially after a crisis or long hospital treatment, outpatient sociotherapy provides patients with the tools needed to transition to living in the community and maintaining a good treatment plan.
The sociotherapeutic support is carried out exclusively by highly qualified specialists:
our sociotherapists are usually social workers with many years of professional experience in the field of psychiatry and have undergone additional training in comprehensive outpatient counseling and monitoring of people with mental illness.
Outpatient sociotherapy serves as a liaison and guide between the many available care facilities. We work towards developing, adapting and coordinating the various options in order to create a personalized network of assistance best suited to the needs of the patient. Participation in outpatient sociotherapy can help prevent the occurrence of new diseases and assist in developing coping mechanisms for possible future crises. It also encourages the patient to take advantage of healthy resources that are beneficial to both the individual and the environment. By making use of the varied means of assistance available and by developing the patient’s personal capabilities, outpatient sociotherapy does the following:
In accordance with the guidelines set by the Federal Committee of Physicians and Health Insurances, outpatient sociotherapy can be prescribed by psychiatric or neurology specialists for patients suffering from psychosis or depression associated with psychotic symptoms. A family practitioner may also arrange a consultation.
Specific treatment goals are worked out with patients and then coordinated with the attending physicians according to the treatment plan. The duration of the treatment depends on the services offered by the health insurance companies. Generally, 120 hours can be offered over a period of 2 to 3 years. The number of sessions per week depends on the patients' needs.
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For further consultation, please contact our team of sociotherapists.