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Division of Women’s Mental Health

Hill Center for Women

Although our short-term program is for women in acute situations, individuals who succeed in our program are those who have the ability and willingness to work with the treatment providers collaboratively and who remain safe, sober, and medically stable while in treatment.

Our group-based treatment program is designed for women who need more structure and intensive treatment than is available from an outpatient program. The program offers 2-week residential and partial hospital (day treatment) levels of care.

Hill CenterOur program draws its strength from several schools of investigation including dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) skills training, clinical studies of trauma and recovery by McLean Hospital researchers, and the extensive work on the psychology of women conducted at the Stone Center at Wellesley College.

Residential and partial hospital clients attend groups weekdays from 9 am to 2 pm. Clients can expect bi-weekly meetings with their case administrator and meetings with psychiatric or nursing staff as needed. These individual meetings occur during or after group time. Some clients may receive additional specialized individualized meetings, as needed, to address more specific clinical needs.

The group schedule is curated to allow clients the opportunity to learn and practice new skills. Group topics include goal setting, DBT skills, anger management, symptom education and management, and expressive therapies.

Residents also attend groups in the evening and on weekend mornings. Those in residence have access to staff 24 hours a day. Residential clients cook and eat meals together and participate in chores at the house, fostering a sense of community and reinforcing the importance of self-care and independent functioning.

During free hours, clients are encouraged to resume normal life activities outside the confines of the program. This gives them an opportunity to increase positive experiences, practice their skills, and reconnect with important parts of their lives. Clients often socialize informally with each other or visit with family members outside of scheduled programming. They are also welcome to attend any relevant self-help groups on campus that are open to the community.