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Simches Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Adolescent Acute Residential Treatment (ART) Program

McLean Hospital’s programmatically-based divisional structure allows for the full integration of clinical care, research, and educational activities. The Adolescent Acute Residential Treatment Program operates within the Nancy and Richard Simches Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry led by Joseph Gold, MD, alongside a compassionate multidisciplinary team dedicated to the care and well-being of McLean patients.

Learn more about all of McLean’s clinical programs on the Clinical Services listing.

McLean’s adolescent dialectical behavior therapy programs, collectively known as 3East, provide specialized care for teens and young adults who require treatment for depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and emerging borderline personality disorder (BPD). The programs in the 3East continuum are specifically designed to accommodate patients in different phases of the treatment and recovery process, from highly focused residential treatment to outpatient care. We have intensive treatment tracks for both boys and girls, and our day program (partial hospital) and outpatient program are coed.

The Child and Adolescent OCD Institute is a residential program for children and adolescents ages 10 to 17 who present with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), social anxiety, specific phobias, panic attacks, and/or separation anxiety. Located on the hospital’s campus in Middleborough, Massachusetts, the program uses evidence-based behavioral treatment approaches shown to have a profound and positive impact on the lives of children and adolescents struggling with OCD and related anxiety disorders.

The McLean-Franciscan Child and Adolescent Inpatient Program treats children and adolescents ages 3 to 19 who require comprehensive psychiatric/psychosocial evaluation and brief intensive treatment. The program has the ability to manage co-occurring medical conditions and has a specialty track for developmentally disabled youth in psychiatric crisis.

Child and Adolescent Outpatient Services offer outpatient programs that include individual, group, and family therapy, and medication management. Carefully designed therapy groups address children’s social skill development and provide support for parents. Neuropsychological and educational evaluations are available through the Child and Adolescent Testing Service (CATS) to assess barriers to effective learning.

The McLean Anxiety Mastery Program works closely with children and adolescents ages 9 to 18 who present with social anxiety, phobias, panic attacks, separation anxiety, and obsessions and compulsions. Located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the outpatient clinic provides group cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) sessions with an emphasis on exposure and response prevention (ERP) therapy.

The Arlington School is a fully accredited high school for college-bound students, grades 7 to 12, who are challenged by psychiatric disorders and require a structured, supportive environment for learning.

Pathways Academy serves elementary through high school students who have autism spectrum and related disorders. Social pragmatics, language skills, and sensory integration are emphasized together with a full academic program.