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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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A national model in the treatment of adult posttraumatic 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. Our problem and skill-focused continuum of care is designed to meet the individual needs of patients at different stages of treatment in a rapidly changing healthcare environment.

Program Goals
Assess individual needs and symptoms
• Determine individualized solution-focused treatment goals
• Stabilize and resolve crises
• Teach patients effective skills for self-management
• Encourage increased levels of functioning
• Prepare patients for rapid return to outpatient treatment

Program Highlights
The Center provides a safe, supportive environment where patients with posttraumatic conditions can work effectively toward accomplishing their treatment goals without the distractions often associated with a mixed treatment population. Close proximity between The Center’s inpatient and ambulatory care programs facilitates communication of clinical information and eases transition along the treatment continuum.

Treatment is provided for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and a range of associated symptoms. These symptoms may include the following:

• Depression
• Anxiety Disorders
• Addictive Behaviors
• Compulsive Behaviors

Treatment Team
The Center’s professional team combines years of expertise in mental health assessment, diagnosis, and treatment with specialized training in posttraumatic disorders and related syndromes. Ongoing communication and partnership with referral sources insures continuity of care for each patient. Our interdisciplinary staff includes:

• Psychiatrists
• Psychologists
• Clinical Social Workers
• Expressive Therapists
• Psychiatric Nurses
• Counselors/Psychiatric Technicians

Our Clinical Assessment Center is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to answer questions and to arrange admissions. Find directions to the Center here. Please call 1-800-369-2273 or 202-885-5610. Additionally, our program director may be reached to answer questions and coordinate admissions during business hours, at 202-885-5752. The Center accepts Medicare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield and many other private insurance plans. Working arrangements also exist with many managed care companies.


The Center programs are organized around key therapeutic activities scaled to each patient’s level of acuity in both the inpatient and outpatient ambulatory settings. These include:

Comprehensive Problem and Skill-Focused Assessment & Treatment Planning
• Individualized Goal-Setting
• Individual Skill-Building for Self-Management
• Psychological Education
• Group Therapy
• Expressive Therapies
• Individual Therapy (inpatient only)
• Case Management & Family Interventions
• Medication & Medical Management (inpatient only)

Inpatient Services
The Inpatient Program at The Center offers a highly-structured, 7 day a week treatment schedule and 24-hour nursing care. It is designed to promote rapid stabilization of acute symptoms often associated with post-traumatic disorders and related conditions. Treatment is problem and skill based and follows individualized assessment and treatment planning.

Outpatient Ambulatory Services
Outpatient services at two levels of intensity are offered through the Day Center:

The Partial Hospitalization Program serves patients in need of an intensive structured environment in which to address acute symptoms. It provides an alternative to inpatient hospitalization and can shorten the length of an inpatient stay. Patients attend three or more full days per week and receive medical and medication monitoring in addition to individual case management. The daily schedule is composed of four, carefully-sequenced groups that focus on the development of essential coping skills. Individualized treatment plans are used to support increased levels of functioning in daily life. Communication with outpatient providers is ongoing to promote coordination of patient care.

The Intensive Outpatient and Structured Outpatient Programs offer flexibility for those patients who do not require either inpatient or partial hospitalization levels of care, but who are in need of more highly structured and intensive interventions than can be offered in conventional outpatient settings.

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.
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