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ASPIRE Program

Mission Hospital Mission Viejo

2253.1 miles away
Mon, Tue, Thurs: 4-7 p.m.
Fri: 4-6:30 p.m.
Couple on jet ski

ASPIRE Program

Mission Hospital Mission Viejo

Mon, Tue, Thurs: 4-7 p.m.
Fri: 4-6:30 p.m.

As part of our commitment to care of the whole person – mind, body and spirit, Mission Hospital has developed a comprehensive and intensive outpatient program designed to help adolescents cope with and manage many of life’s stresses.

The After-School Program Intervention and Resiliency Education (ASPIRE®) is designed to benefit teens who may lack positive coping skills to manage life stressors which often results in struggles with mental and emotional health and resort to unhealthy or unsafe behaviors such as substance use, self-injury, and engagement with risky peers.


To schedule a complimentary confidential assessment, please call us at 949-364-4246.

Through psychoeducation, adaptive coping strategies and experiential techniques, ASPIRE helps teens establish a path toward mental and emotional wellness, resiliency, and success.

ASPIRE utilizes an evidence-based treatment approach called Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), which helps individuals use mindfulness to help identify triggers that lead to unhelpful behavior patterns.

This heightened awareness established by DBT, in combination with learning new, effective coping skills has shown to be effective in treating a variety of mental health issues including:

  • Mood disorders
  • Substance abuse
  • Self-harm
  • Suicidal ideation
  • PTSD
  • Eating disorders

ASPIRE’s Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) lasts eight weeks. It is more comprehensive than traditional outpatient therapy and is designed to prevent adolescents with more acute mental health concerns from decompensating and requiring higher levels of care.

Patients attend the program Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 4 p.m.  to 7 p.m., as well as Fridays from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.. The part-time, late afternoon schedule allows the family to maintain their daily routine, while addressing mental health needs in a structured treatment environment.

Group therapy can often be more powerful than individual therapy as it provides a sense of connection and inclusion, allows for giving and receiving support and helps patients relate to others in healthier ways. For teenagers, these types of social interactions and relationships help develop self-awareness and personal identity.

Using the DBT model, group therapy sessions focus on:

  • Mindfulness: Being fully aware and attentive in the present moment without judgment
  • Distress Tolerance: Tolerating difficult situations and emotional pain when problems cannot be solved right away
  • Interpersonal Effectiveness: Building and maintaining positive relationships and self-esteem
  • Emotion Regulation: Understanding emotions, reducing emotional vulnerability and reactivity, and increasing positive emotions
  • Walking the Middle Path: Being able to acknowledge and accept others’ perspectives, even if they are different from your own

We believe that the family system plays an important role in adolescent development and growth; therefore, we work extensively with the family throughout treatment to ensure the greatest potential for success. Our weekly parent skills and multi-family groups provide an opportunity for parents to practice and refine the tools learned in program in collaboration with their children.