Resilience Program

The Resilience Program at Massachusetts General Hospital offers programs that help young people learn to manage their emotions and the demands of school, work and new social experiences and develop better ways to cope with daily stress.
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Contact the Resilience Program 617-724-2931

Overview

The mission of the Resilience Program is to help young people ages 14 to 30 as they learn to manage their emotions and the demands of school, work and new social experiences. Our goal is to help young people develop better ways to cope with stress and daily challenges. We focus on teaching techniques that increase a sense of self-awareness, awareness of the experience of others and the ability to manage emotions.

Who We Serve

We help young people to experience greater satisfaction and enjoyment and learn to be less hard on themselves, even if they are feeling fairly well at the moment. Some have trouble managing stress or have a risk factor for developing psychological difficulties in the future—such as having a close relative with a psychiatric illness or a history of traumatic experiences or other types of adversity during childhood.

Is the Resilience Program Right for You?

The Resilience Program may be helpful if you answer "yes" to questions like these:

  • Are you sensitive to criticism?
  • Do you tend to blame yourself when something goes wrong, even when it doesn’t make sense to?
  • Do you sometimes have trouble knowing what you are feeling?
  • Do you feel at times that you have to really push yourself to get things done?
  • Do you sometimes feel that you are different from everyone else?
  • Do you ever wonder if you are “going crazy” in some way?

Philosophy of the Resilience Program

Our philosophy is based on the idea that it is important to maintain mental health, just as it is important to maintain physical health by exercising and eating right. Even when things are going well, to prevent mental health problems from developing in the future.

Research has shown that people are less susceptible to mental health problems after they have learned to enhance coping skills and certain dimensions of well-being, including self-acceptance and compassion, and satisfying relationships with other people.

Learn More about the Resilience Program

Programs at Mass General

Individual Consultations

An individual consultation includes an overall assessment of areas of emotional strength and vulnerability. It also includes recommendations regarding lifestyle changes and specialized services for increasing resilience and well-being. Other recommendations may include meditation or yoga-based approaches, neuro-protective natural medicines or additional testing and consultations. 

Resilience Skill-building Programs

These short workshops teach resilience-building techniques, with a focus on psychological and behavioral changes that promote greater well-being.

Techniques taught in these workshops include:

  • Mindfulness
  • Self-compassion
  • Mentalization (understanding your own and others' mental states)
  • Emotion identification
  • Regulation technique

Outpatient Consultation with Time-limited Resilience Training

Our outpatient program housed within the Department of Psychiatry works with young people between 14-30 who may be at risk for psychiatric disorders based on:

  • Current low-level symptoms
  • A family history of serious mental illness
  • A history of early adversity

We provide a two-session evaluation conducted by a psychiatrist or psychologist.

  • Session one: Self-reported data is collected using validated research tools, such as surveys and questionnaires
  • Session two: Feedback and recommendations are given based on the clinician’s assessment and the data collected

Recommendations may include participation in a short course of individual resilience training with a highly-experienced psychologist. This training is tailored to meet the needs of each person based on our assessment of his or her strengths and areas of vulnerability.

Community Programs

Resilience Training on College Campus

This program screens college students in the Boston area for low-level symptoms of mental illness, including depression and dysfunctional beliefs. After evaluation, eligible students are invited to participate in a study in which they receive a four-session "Resilience and Leadership" training. This program is led by two clinical psychologists who work with groups of 10-12 students. These students are also monitored over time via online assessments of symptoms and functioning.

The Resilience and Leadership program consists of training in three well-established therapeutic techniques:

  • Mindfulness
  • Self-compassion
  • Mentalization techniques

The training is based on the model that greater awareness and compassion for oneself and others improves interpersonal skills and effectiveness, increases a sense of connection with others and promotes overall resilience.

The goal of this project is to determine whether this type of intervention decreases symptoms in the short-term and improves outcomes, including retention in school and academic performance, in the long-term throughout college.

This project is supported by the Sidney R. Baer, Jr. Foundation.

Resilience Training for the MGH Youth Scholars Program

This program is embedded within the MGH Youth Scholars Program, a STEM-focused after school program run by the Center for Community Health Improvement for highly motivated, socioeconomically disadvantaged students. This program admits approximately 30 ninth graders every year from communities around Boston, including Roxbury, Chelsea and Revere.

Students in the MGH Youth Scholars Program attend weekly sessions for all four years of high school. Our portion of this program consists of a pair of two-hour sessions each year focused on mindfulness and self-compassion, mentalization, emotion identification and regulation skills.

Assessments are collected before and after each intervention and annually so that long-term outcomes can be measured.

Skills for Success Program: Resilience-building for At-risk Adolescents

The Skills for Success Program is a collaboration between the Department of Pediatrics at the Chelsea HealthCare Center and the Resilience Program. Children between 11 and 14 years old are identified as potentially at-risk for the development of mental health issues at their annual well child visit with their pediatrician. Their parents are then invited to enroll their children in an eight-session intervention at the Chelsea Public Library delivered by two psychologists, one of whom is a native Spanish speaker.

The program focuses on teaching emotion identification and regulation skills as well as self-compassion.

Data assessing the efficiency of the intervention are collected to help assess the program.

Our Team

Daphne Holt, MD, PhD, Director
Leah Namey, MPH, Senior program manager


Our Doctors

  • Cather, Corinne, PhD

    617-724-5600

    Accepting New Patients

    Locations
    • Boston: Psychiatry-Outpatient Services
  • Holt, Daphne J., MD, PhD

    617-726-7618

    Accepting New Patients

    Board Certifications
    • Psychiatry, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
    Locations
    • Boston: Psychiatry-Outpatient Services
    • Boston: Psychiatry
  • Lundy, Nancy Ann, EDD

    617-887-4600

    Accepting New Patients

    Clinical Interests
    • Neuropsychological assessment
    • Mentalization based treatment
    • Dialectical behavior therapy
    Locations
    • Chelsea: Chelsea HealthCare Center
    • Boston: LEAP Program
  • Nyer, Maren B., PhD

    617-724-5600

    Accepting New Patients

    Locations
    • Boston: Depression Clinical and Research Program
  • Shapero, Benjamin G., PhD

    617-726-3855

    Accepting New Patients

    Clinical Interests
    • Mood and anxiety disorders
    • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
    Locations
    • Boston: Depression Clinical and Research Program
  • Tyson, John W., MD

    617-724-5600

    Accepting New Patients

    Clinical Interests
    • First Episode and Early Psychosis
    • Emergency psychiatry
    Board Certifications
    • Psychiatry, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
    • Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
    Locations
    • Boston: Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
    • Boston: Acute Psychiatry Service

Additional Staff:

Anne Burke, PhD, Clinical fellow
Jacqueline Clauss MD, PhD, Resident
Kelsey Han, Medical student
Ylira Pimental-Diaz, LICSW, Social worker

Contact Us

Resilience Program

Phone: 617-724-2931

We are happy to discuss our approach in more detail with you. To find out more or to schedule an initial meeting, please contact us.

We accept most insurances common in eastern Massachusetts. Please contact your insurance company with any insurance-specific concerns.

Meet Our Team

Contact the Resilience Program 617-724-2931

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