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Minneapolis VA Health Care System


Psychiatry Partial Hospitalization Program

The Psychiatry Partial Hospital Program (PPH) is a 3-week intensive, group-based program providing assessment and brief treatment of general psychiatric illness, trauma, and addiction concerns. The PPH environment provides a positive culture of healing to promote psychiatric health and recovery. The program staff utilizes a variety of therapeutic approaches, including coping skills classes, group therapy, mind-body interventions, family interventions, medication management and the creative arts therapies.

PPH basketball court; social and physical exercise options.

In PPH, the Creative Arts Therapist works toward patient goals as part of the interdisciplinary team. Goals may include: emotion regulation, creative expression, mindfulness, relaxation and stress reduction, body awareness, pain management, physical exercise, self-care tools, social connection, and leisure skill development and planning. Music interventions may include drumming, sing-along, lyric analysis, songwriting, guitar lessons, and creative movement/exercise/relaxation to music. Movement interventions may include modified yoga and qi-gong, mindfulness practices such as walking meditation, and breathing practice. Other experiential psycho-educational activities may include a day at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts for the Veterans Art Connection tour. Veterans have the opportunity to be involved in the Veterans Creative Arts Competition, check out sports equipment for after-hours recreation, and attend evening recreational activities such as bingo and the medical center concert series.