dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) programs for adolescents and young adults

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Where is 3East located?

The 3East programs are primarily on McLean’s Belmont, Massachusetts campus. The 3East Girls and Boys Intensive Programs and Girls Intensive Step-Down Program are located in East House, while the 3East Partial Hospital Program is in the White Building, adjacent to the Academic Center. McLean’s Child and Adolescent Outpatient Services located at Sancta Maria Hospital in Cambridge, Massachusetts, is home to the 3East Outpatient Clinic. The 3East Cambridge Residence is also located in nearby Cambridge. For more information on directions, parking, and local accommodations, please visit our Maps & Directions page.

Who benefits most from 3East?

Our programs focus on treating adolescents and young adults, ages 13 to 25, who have symptoms of self-injury, impulsivity, depression, anxiety, disordered eating, emerging personality disorders, substance use disorders, and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Is family involved in treatment?

Family participation is an integral part of treatment at 3East to support both the patient and also the family members. Families participate in weekly DBT family therapy and we offer weekly two-hour parent skill groups so that parents can learn and practice DBT skills and get support from other parents.

Is smoking permitted?

3East discourages smoking and is not allowed in some programs. Check with program staff for details on smoking policies in each program.

Smoking is allowed in designated outdoor areas only. No smoking is allowed inside any of our buildings.

When are visiting hours?

Visits to the residential programs are typically arranged Monday through Friday 4-9 pm and on weekends throughout the day. Visits and passes are arranged through the patient’s therapist.

Are cell phones allowed?

Cell phone usage is part of the behavioral level system. Typically, patients become eligible for limited access to their cell phones after the first few weeks of treatment, depending on their treatment course and DBT skill level. Access ranges from two 15-minute periods to full access, depending on progression through the behavioral level system.

Is the patient’s participation in the programs kept private?

Privacy is of the utmost importance to 3East and we ensure confidentiality through our highly trained, professional, and discreet staff. No third party, whether known to the patient or not, has access to medical records, health information, or any program participation without prior, written authorization from the patient.

Are academics offered?

While our priority is treatment, we recognize the importance of education. Typically, after the initial phase of residential treatment some patients may be able to manage focusing on schoolwork after the completion of the clinical day. If it is consistent with a patient’s ongoing treatment plan, program staff works with the adolescent’s school and family to develop a realistic academic plan that may be implemented during treatment. This may involve program staff helping families identify private tutors who can work with their child while at 3East.

Are support and educational resources available?

From helpful online resources to self-help groups and more, McLean Hospital is committed to providing support and mental health education to aid patients and families on the path to recovery.

Is aftercare planning a part of the program?

The treatment team works closely with the individual as well as with family, significant friends, and outside providers to develop a personalized aftercare plan. Recommendations by staff are made based upon clinical needs, progress made during treatment, and long-term treatment goals.

Can former residents access their medical records?

All requests for medical records should be directed to McLean’s Health Information Management Department.

Are support groups offered?

To complement our programs’ services and encourage individuals’ initiatives in their own treatment course, many self-help groups are hosted by McLean.

Does McLean gather patient feedback?

McLean is dedicated to maintaining high-quality and effective patient care. To ensure that those standards remain at the highest level, we utilize a number of feedback instruments and quality indicators. Among these tools are the Perceptions of Care survey which monitors patient satisfaction, and BASIS-24™, a psychiatric outcomes measurement tool created at McLean and widely used in the US and around the world, which delivers feedback on the patient care experience.