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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.
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.
The Resilience Program may be helpful if you answer "yes" to questions like these:
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.
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.
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:
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:
We provide a two-session evaluation conducted by a psychiatrist or psychologist.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
Daphne Holt, MD, PhD, DirectorLeah Namey, MPH, Senior program manager
Accepting New Patients
Anne Burke, PhD, Clinical fellowJacqueline Clauss MD, PhD, ResidentKelsey Han, Medical studentYlira Pimental-Diaz, LICSW, Social worker
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.
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