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Doctoral Training

The Adolescent Acute Residential Treatment (ART) Program offers a nine-month child and adolescent clinical training opportunity for third and fourth year psychology doctoral students. Trainees commit to three days and 20 hours per week from September through May. Students can choose their three days based on their academic schedule and on the different opportunities and responsibilities available at the ART.

The primary goals at the ART are to help adolescents stabilize so that they may pursue further treatment in a partial or outpatient setting, as well as assist adolescents in become experts at understanding their emotional experience so that they have a better chance of managing emotionally overwhelming circumstances, interpersonal conflicts, and self-destructive urges after discharge.

Led by Fairlee C. Fabrett, PhD, the practicum includes training on the Unified Approach to Treatment (UaT), which is based on cognitive behavioral therapy and dialectical behavior therapy strategies and is the main treatment modality at the ART. Trainees are given the opportunity to be a part of individual care, to lead or co-lead patient groups, to get involved in clinical research conducted at the program, and to become proficient in formulating patient treatment plans using UaT. In addition to patient care, practicum students attend clinical rounds once per week and have the opportunity to attend seminars and McLean’s Grand Rounds lectures.

Training goals for the practicum include gaining proficiency in mental status exams and risk assessments, developing formulations and short-term goals to communicate potential recommendations to treatment teams, guiding patients to think about their target behaviors and address them with different strategies, and building skills to manage difficult patient interactions in the context of the group while working to balance individual patient needs with group needs and goals.

How To Apply

Applicants interested in the ART practicum for the 2018-2019 academic year should submit a current curriculum vitae, letter of interest, and one letter of recommendation from a faculty member. Applications are due by January 10, 2018.

For additional information, or to submit application materials, please contact Fairlee C. Fabrett, PhD.