Mclean Hospital

Continuing Education

Ongoing Training for Mental Health Professionals


McLean Hospital provides professional education opportunities for a wide range of mental health and allied health professionals, including psychiatrists, psychologists, nurses, social workers, nationally certified counselors, nursing home administrators, and educators. Our fully accredited programming attracts a broad base of health providers for further training in a variety of specialties.

Current training offerings include a variety of academic programs such as lectures, symposia, conferences, specialty trainings in areas such as borderline personality disorder, and a hub of online resources. ACCME logoAll programming supports the continuing professional development of mental health professionals with a focus on improving patient care.

McLean Hospital is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education, the American Psychological Association, the Massachusetts Nurses Association, and other organizations to provide continuing education credits to physicians, psychologists, nurses, and other board certified clinicians.

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McLean hosts several daylong and multi-day conferences with faculty from McLean and Harvard, as well as other esteemed national and international leaders in psychiatric care, research, and academia.

Recent topics at conferences have included advances in psychopharmacology, McLean Hospital psychosocial treatments, assessment of psychiatric diagnoses, geriatric psychiatry, medical disorders in psychiatric patients, borderline personality disorder, child and adolescent mental health, and suicide.

A full listing of McLean conferences and events can be found in our calendar.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (DBT-PTSD) Workshop 2019

January 19-21, 2019
The Conference Center at Waltham Woods, Waltham, MA

This 2-day course offers training in an empirically validated treatment approach DBT-PTSD. This course teaches mental health clinicians what they need to know to provide care for a wide range of patients experiencing PTSD after severe interpersonal violence.

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Mentalization-Based Treatment for Adolescents (MBT-A) Workshop

May 2, 2019
The Conference Center at Waltham Woods, Waltham, MA

One of the most promising empirically supported therapies in the treatment of borderline personality disorder in adolescents is mentalization-based treatment for adolescents (MBT-A). In this course, participants will learn how to implement MBT-A techniques within their clinical practice as a specialist treatment for young people diagnosed with or developing BPD.

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Mentalization-Based Treatment (MBT): Basic Training 2019

May 2-4, 2019
The Conference Center at Waltham Woods, Waltham, MA

One of the most promising empirically supported therapies in the treatment of borderline personality disorder is mentalization-based treatment (MBT), which was developed based on studies of early childhood development and attachment. In this course, participants will learn how to implement MBT techniques within their clinical practice as a specialist treatment.

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Addictions 2019 Conference

May 3-4, 2019
Boston Marriott Cambridge Hotel, Cambridge MA

McLean Hospital is pleased to offer this annual conference bringing together some of the foremost authorities in addiction to address the latest advances in the field.

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Global Alliance for Prevention and Early Intervention for BPD (GAP) Conference

May 4, 2019
The Conference Center at Waltham Woods, Waltham, MA

The GAP Conference is a one-day course focusing on prevention and early intervention for borderline personality disorder (BPD). During this conference, leaders in the field of BPD will present on a range of topics, spanning neurobiology and course of BPD to evidence-based treatments for BPD in adolescents. Cutting-edge research and practice will be distilled into presentations accessible to both professionals and lay audience members.

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Psychiatry 2019 Conference

June 13-15, 2019
Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel, Boston MA

This intensive, three-day course is designed to update participants in numerous aspects of the practice of psychiatry, including recent advances in psychopharmacology, psychosocial treatments, and assessment of psychiatric patients.

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Attachment 2019 Conference

September 13-17, 2019
Boston Marriott Cambridge Hotel, Cambridge MA

McLean Hospital and Harvard Medical School are delighted to offer this two-day conference with optional half-day workshops, bringing together leading authorities in the field of attachment to help clinicians develop strategies to better diagnose and treat patients using attachment principles.

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Coaching in Leadership and Healthcare 2019 Conference

October 18-19, 2019
Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel, Boston, MA

This energizing and groundbreaking event features keynotes by world-renowned experts in leadership, coaching, positive psychology, behavioral psychology, health and well-being, and neuroscience.

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Borderline Personality Disorder Training Institute

The Borderline Personality Disorder Training Institute (BPDTI) at McLean Hospital was founded in 2013 to elevate awareness and training for evidence-based treatments for borderline personality disorder (BPD) and accompanying psychiatric conditions. Led by director Lois W. Choi-Kain, MEd, MD, and assistant director Brandon Unruh, MD, the BPDTI offers conferences and workshops for clinicians. By providing training to clinicians, the institute aims to increase quality of care and access to treatment for patients with BPD.

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Course topics include mentalization-based treatment (MBT)—offered in conjunction with the Anna Freud Centre for Children and Families, dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), general psychiatric management (GPM), and transference focused psychotherapy (TFP)—offered in conjunction with the Personality Disorders Institute. Course and registration information can be found in the conference listing.

For more information, contact the BPDTI.

Grand Rounds

Grand Rounds at McLeanThroughout the academic year, September through June, McLean offers weekly lectures, given by world-renowned speakers, on a variety of topics, such as psychopharmacology, psychosocial treatments and clinical case conferences. Grand Rounds are held every Thursday 12-1pm in Pierce Hall.

Grand Rounds conferences are free and open to the public. McLean Hospital physicians, psychologists, social workers, and nurses have the opportunity to earn continuing education credit on a weekly basis.

Clinical professionals not employed by McLean Hospital and who wish to receive Continuing Education credit may do so for a charge of $20 per conference.

The Grand Rounds schedule may be found on the McLean Events page.

Schwartz Center Rounds

McLean Hospital hosts Schwartz Center Rounds, unique, multidisciplinary sessions in which hospital staff explore the emotional side of caregiving. A national program with sites across the country, Schwartz Center Rounds are funded by the Kenneth B. Schwartz Center, a Boston-based nonprofit dedicated to advancing compassionate healthcare.

In a typical Rounds session, a panel of caregivers presents a patient case that brought up interesting and important psychosocial issues. Topics have included: delivering bad news; when religious or spiritual beliefs conflict with medical advice; taking care of a colleague; and losing a patient. Hospital staff then share their own thoughts and feelings related to the day’s topic. Unlike grand rounds, these sessions are not about clinical problem-solving, but rather about exploring and processing the emotions that come up in the daily work of hospital staff. A comprehensive study of Schwartz Center Rounds has shown them to help caregivers connect better with patients emotionally; enhance their understanding of the effects of illness on patients and their families; improve communication among caregivers and decrease feelings of caregiver isolation and stress. Schwartz Center Rounds are held monthly.

Open to McLean employees only (ID required).

Institute of Coaching

Established in 2009 with the mandate to cultivate the scientific foundation and best practices in coaching, the Institute of Coaching, led by Carol Kauffman, PhD, ABPP, PCC, provides world-class professional development and community networking through webinars, learning events, an annual conference, and an unparalleled coaching resource library. We also provide grants to support promising coaching research.

Specific offerings include:

  • Direct access to top-tier thought leaders in neuroscience, leadership, health, and positive psychology
  • Hundreds of research, theory, and practice articles
  • Key advances in the field highlighted in our Coaching Digest and Research Digest
  • Web master classes on practical applications of coaching science to best practice
  • The annual Coaching in Leadership and Healthcare Conference sponsored by Harvard Medical School
  • The Institute of Coaching and Leadership Forums (ICLF)
  • Webinars and podcasts with thought leaders
  • Unique membership community events

For more information, please email the Institute of Coaching or call 800.381.4955.