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


3East FAQ

Where is 3East located?

The program is located on the Belmont campus in the East House building. For more information on directions, parking, and local accommodations, please visit our Maps & Directions page.

Who benefits most from 3East?

Our residential program focuses on treating adolescent girls and young women, ages 13 to 20, who have symptoms of self-injury, impulsivity, depression, anxiety, disordered eating, substance use disorders, and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Is family involved in treatment?

Family participation is an integral part of treatment at 3East. During treatment, families are asked to participate in a weekly two hour parent skill group to learn and practice DBT skills, as well as get support from other parents. Families also participate in weekly DBT family therapy.

Is smoking permitted?

3East discourages smoking. However, for residents who are already addicted to nicotine, there are four scheduled smoke breaks per day and the program allows a total of seven cigarettes per day. Residents can work with their psychiatrist to use nicotine replacement (should they choose) and those under the age of 18 must have parental permission to smoke. Residents must supply their own cigarettes. 3East does not grant smoking privileges to residents who do not have a smoking habit prior to admission.

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

When are visiting hours?

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

Are cell phones allowed?

Cell phone usage is part of the behavioral level system. Typically residents 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 resident’s stay at the program 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 resident or not, has access to medical records, health information, or any information about a resident’s stay without prior, written authorization from the resident.

Are academics offered?

While our first priority is treatment, we recognize the importance of education. Typically, after the initial phase of treatment some residents may be able to manage focusing on schoolwork after the completion of the clinical day. If it is consistent with a resident’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.