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Child and Adolescent Outpatient Clinic

Child and Adolescent Outpatient Clinic

At McLean Hospital, we recognize the challenges children and adolescents with psychiatric illness face. Through our Child and Adolescent Outpatient Service, located on the campus of Sancta Maria Nursing Facility  in Cambridge, we are focused on helping young people and their families cope with psychiatric illness and the trials it often brings.

Some services are primarily available for those who are stepping down from the McLean-Franciscan Child and Adolescent Inpatient Program and the Adolescent Acute Residential Treatment (ART) program. However, there may be openings for other children and adolescents seeking outpatient treatment subject to the availability of staff.

Child Adolescent Testing Service (CATS)

Child Adolescent Testing Service (CATS) provides evaluations for children and adolescents who have neuropsychological and/or psychological difficulties that are interfering with their ability to manage demands at home, at school, and/or with their peer group. The goal of the two day evaluation, which encompasses neuropsychological, psychological, and academic testing, is to help parents better understand why their child is struggling and how to be helpful. This often includes providing a diagnosis along with specific recommendations that can be used by parents, the school, and other professionals who are working with the child.

McLean Anxiety Mastery Program

The McLean Anxiety Mastery Program is an outpatient program for anxious youth (ages 9 to 18). This program provides group-based cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) with an emphasis on exposure and response prevention (ERP) for children and adolescents who present with social anxiety, specific phobias, panic attacks, separation anxiety, school refusal, and obsessions and compulsions.

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