The Center at The Psychiatric Institute of Washington

4228 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20016-2138

Toll-Free: (800) 369-2273
Local: (202) 885-5610

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FAQs

Day Center

 

May I call my therapist while I’m in the hospital?

You may have brief check in phone calls with your therapist while on The Center. You may not have therapy sessions with your outpatient therapist on the phone.

Will you be contacting my outpatient therapist while I am in the hospital?

Yes. Your individual therapist here at The Center will be in contact with your outpatient therapist to discuss clinical issues and discharge planning.

What is the average length of stay?

Ten (10) to twelve (12) days on average.

What should I pack?

  1. The dress code on the unit for patients is casual.
    • Pack your favorite and most comfortable clothes.
    • There is a washer and dryer on the unit so you can do laundry when you need to.
    • Bring one (1) stuffed animal if you wish.
    • A bed pillow is a good idea.
    • Your own toiletries.

** Please keep luggage to one bag as storage space is very limited.

Should I bring my own medications?

Yes, please bring all prescribed medication in the pharmacy packaging. If you take an uncommon medication or vitamin regiment, please discuss this with us prior to admission.

How much individual therapy will I receive?

Individual therapy is scheduled twice a week. The program is designed around the effectiveness and power of the group process. Most of the therapeutic work is done in group.

Do I need a referral from my therapist to come to The Center?

Information from your outpatient therapist is very helpful in organizing your admission to The Center, but a referral from your therapist is not required.

What is the average attendance and length of stay in the Day Center?

The average attendance is 3 to 5 times a week for anywhere from 3 to 6 weeks. The attendance and length of stay are individually determined by working with the treatment team, your outpatient therapist and your insurance provider.

What about my medication?

In the Day Center clients are expected to continue to see their Psychiatrist for medication prescriptions. Clients are to bring medications they need throughout the day and take them as directed.

Will I receive individual therapy?

No, there is no individual therapy in the Day Center. It is expected that you will continue to see your out patient therapist on a weekly basis.

InPatient

 

May I call my therapist while I’m in the hospital?

You may have brief check in phone calls with your therapist while on The Center. You may not have therapy sessions with your outpatient therapist on the phone.

Will you be contacting my outpatient therapist while I am in the hospital?

Yes. Your individual therapist here at The Center will be in contact with your outpatient therapist to discuss clinical issues and discharge planning.

What is the average length of stay?

Ten (10) to twelve (12) days on average.

What should I pack?

  1. The dress code on the unit for patients is casual.
    • Pack your favorite and most comfortable clothes.
    • There is a washer and dryer on the unit so you can do laundry when you need to.
    • Bring one (1) stuffed animal if you wish.
    • A bed pillow is a good idea.
    • Your own toiletries.

** Please keep luggage to one bag as storage space is very limited.

Should I bring my own medications?

Yes, please bring all prescribed medication in the pharmacy packaging. If you take an uncommon medication or vitamin regiment, please discuss this with us prior to admission.

How much individual therapy will I receive?

Individual therapy is scheduled twice a week. The program is designed around the effectiveness and power of the group process. Most of the therapeutic work is done in group.

Do I need a referral from my therapist to come to The Center?

Information from your outpatient therapist is very helpful in organizing your admission to The Center, but a referral from your therapist is not required.

What is the average attendance and length of stay in the Day Center?

The average attendance is 3 to 5 times a week for anywhere from 3 to 6 weeks. The attendance and length of stay are individually determined by working with the treatment team, your outpatient therapist and your insurance provider.

What about my medication?

In the Day Center clients are expected to continue to see their Psychiatrist for medication prescriptions. Clients are to bring medications they need throughout the day and take them as directed.

Will I receive individual therapy?

No, there is no individual therapy in the Day Center. It is expected that you will continue to see your out patient therapist on a weekly basis.

Physicians are on the medical staff of The Center at PIW but, with limited exceptions, are independent practitioners who are not employees or agents of The Center at PIW. The facility shall not be liable for actions or treatments provided by physicians. Model representations of real patients are shown. Actual patients cannot be divulged due to HIPAA regulations.