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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Inpatient Program

The Center’s Inpatient Program offers short-term, directed treatment for adults who exhibit acute symptoms associated with post-traumatic and dissociative disorders and other trauma-based conditions. A national model in the treatment of adult post-traumatic syndromes, The Center’s innovative program provides rapid stabilization and essential training in self-management skills through the use of stage-oriented, cognitive and behavioral strategies. Designed to meet the individual needs of patients at different stages of treatment and respond to the challenges posed by a rapidly changing healthcare environment, our problem and skill-focused continuum of care includes group and individual therapies, medication management and nursing care.

The professional team at The Center includes psychiatrists, psychologists, nursing staff, social workers and expressive therapists who provide multidisciplinary treatment. Expertise gained from years of working with clients diagnosed with post-traumatic and dissociative disorders enables the staff to provide the effective, focused treatment necessary for these patients. Our focus on stabilization through self-management of symptoms is a cost-effective strategy designed to respond to acute crises and yield long-term benefits.

The In Patient Program offers a highly structured daily treatment based on a trauma-responsive model that takes past and present trauma into account with the specific goal of promoting improvement in present day coping, symptom management and resolution.

The daily schedule includes the following:

Nursing Care provides the foundation for the therapeutic milieu. In addition to educating the patients in the use of self-management skills for effective daily living, nurses monitor individual medical needs and offer behavioral evaluation, support and direction on a 24-hour basis. Nursing staff has primary responsibility for maintaining a secure community living environment.

Goals Group orients patients each morning providing a focused opportunity to identify the issues they want to work on and the support they need from the community.

Group Psychotherapy explores the destabilization impact of trauma on past and present daily life in a discussion format. This particular interactive group is designed to counteract isolation and secrecy, to undo guilt and shame, and to instill hope by providing a forum in which common themes and struggles can be addressed.

Expressive Therapy provides a forum for the safe and contained expression and management of emotion using art and writing modalities in a context of peer support and discussion.

Knowledge & Skills empowers patients by teaching responsible assertion, appropriate expression of feelings, self-nurturing strategies and the maintenance of healthy personal boundaries. With this knowledge, adult trauma survivors can begin to identify and untangle cognitive distortions and dysfunctional life patterns.

Typical symptoms indicating a need for treatment at an In Patient Hospital level of care:

  • Clear and present danger to self or others including suicidal ideation and homicidal ideation.
  • Marked deterioration in an individual’s daily functioning.
  • Behavior that reflects poor impulse control and limited judgment placing the client at imminent risk.
  • Distress due to severe symptoms of associated psychiatric conditions such as depression.
  • Medication management that cannot be safely accomplished outside of a hospital setting.
  • Distress due to overwhelming flashbacks and other intrusive or numbing trauma symptoms that compromise reality-testing.
FOR INQUIRES ABOUT ADMISSION, PLEASE CONTACT OUR PROGRAM DIRECTOR AT 202-885-5752.
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.