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Prior research has shown that adolescence and early adulthood is a time of elevated risk for developing mental health problems. The overall goal of the Resilience Program is to develop and implement a variety of tools aimed at reducing this risk in young people.
In our clinic, an initial evaluation is comprised of two parts:
One recommendation could be for a brief one-on-one or group-based intervention provided by the staff of our program (“resilience training”). In these trainings, we focus on teaching techniques that increase a sense of self-awareness, appreciation of the experiences of others, the ability to manage emotions and a greater experience of well-being.
We are also conducting research focused on developing tools to identify youth who are at risk for developing neuropsychiatric disorders and approaches for reducing that risk.
The goal of the Resilience Program is to help children, adolescents and young adults ages 10-30 who are interested in increasing their resilience, i.e., their ability to cope with stressful circumstances and navigate the ups and downs of their lives.
They may be merely noticing that day-to-day life is more difficult than it used to be or finding it harder to bounce back from stressful experiences. Some are doing well at the moment but are concerned about the potential effects of a risk factor for developing psychological difficulties in the future—factors such as having a close relative with a psychiatric illness or an early history of traumatic experiences or other types of adversity (poverty, social deprivation).
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 one’s mental health, just as it is important to maintain one’s physical health by exercising and eating right. Research has shown that even when things are going relatively well, spending the time to learn and practice effective strategies for coping with stress can prevent the development of mental health problems down the road.
People appear to be less susceptible to mental health problems after they have learned specific techniques for enhancing their psychological well-being, including ways to maintain and augment the psychological strengths they already have.
Our outpatient program works with young people between the ages of 10 and 30 who may be at risk for psychiatric disorders based on:
We provide a two-session evaluation conducted by a psychiatrist or psychologist.
Strengths-based resilience training is comprised of 6-12 one-on-one sessions with a clinician focused on developing better coping skills for managing stress and relationships. The training includes exposure to and in-session practice of techniques derived from a range of established, evidence-based therapies (see below). The program is tailored to meet the needs of each person based on an initial assessment of areas of strengths and vulnerability.
This training may include elements of these evidence-based therapeutic approaches and techniques:
This research study focuses on developing an early detection and prevention program for college students who are at some risk for developing psychiatric illnesses. First, students are screened for the presence of low-level, subthreshold symptoms of these illnesses (which are associated with some degree of increased risk for mental health problems, depending on their type and severity). Students with such symptoms are then invited to participate in a four-session resilience and leadership program conducted in groups of 8-12 students.
The goal of this research is to test and validate a program that can be used in a variety of higher education settings to identify and monitor at-risk college students and potentially prevent the development of serious mental illness or intervene as early as possible if such an illness arises in these students.
The Skills for Success Program is a collaboration between the Department of Pediatrics at the Chelsea HealthCare Center and the Resilience Program. It is a pilot early detection and prevention program for middle-school aged children. Those who are potentially at-risk for the development of mental health problems are identified at their annual check-up with their pediatrician. If a child appears to be at some risk based on the results of a validated screening questionnaire, that child’s parents are invited to enroll their child in an 8-session resilience training program.
This program focuses on teaching emotion identification and regulation skills, as well as increasing compassion for self and others. The acquisition of such skills has been shown to increase resilience levels in youth and to reduce early symptoms of psychopathology.
Daphne Holt, MD, PhD, DirectorLeah Namey, MPH, Senior program manager
Accepting New Patients
Anne Burke, PhD, Clinical fellowKatia Canenguez, PhD, PsychologistJacqueline Clauss MD, PhD, ResidentKelsey Han, Medical studentYlira Pimental-Diaz, LICSW, Social worker
Wisteria Deng, Clinical research coordinatorVanya Zvonar, Clinical research coordinator
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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