The fall/winter edition of Horizons features stories of hope and progress, apt themes for these times.
Our cover story spotlights the importance of developing clinician-researchers through a unique new fellowship that blends both worlds.
We also share how McLean’s efforts to deploy technology as a vehicle for progress is playing out to better serve patients. And how, with generous philanthropic support, technology has become a welcome and effective tool for treating older patients who struggle with memory issues or dementia.
Our third feature highlights how McLean changed the life of one patient and gave her hope. And how she expresses her gratitude through philanthropy.
We also share news that McLean is launching a new fundraising platform to help our supporters create their own philanthropic initiatives. And, we hear from a donor who is planning to use this platform to raise funds in gratitude for the care her loved one received at McLean.
Lastly, sometimes we get a wonderful surprise in the form of philanthropy—this time a major bequest to brain research that will engender both hope and progress for generations to come.
New Fellowship Helps Launch Research Careers of Young Investigators
Julianne Wilner Tirpak, PhD, an early career psychologist, understands that dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is the gold-standard treatment for young people who struggle to manage their emotions, particularly those who exhibit self-harm or suicidal behaviors. As the inaugural recipient of a unique post-doctoral fellowship at McLean’s 3East program, Dr. Tirpak is developing a research study that she hopes will explore why these treatments work and through what mechanisms.
New Platform Simplifies Peer-to-Peer Fundraising
Michelle’s teenage son had struggled with depression for years before he came to McLean’s 3East residential program. At the core of 3East’s continuum of care is dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), an evidence-based treatment that teaches people to regulate emotions, tolerate distress, build interpersonal skills, manage attention, and develop self-awareness.
Telemedicine Is Here To Stay
Call it the great technology experiment of 2020-2021. In just days, McLean—along with most other mental health care providers—transitioned from delivering care almost entirely in person to treating a majority of patients via videoconferencing or phone.
Paying It Forward Through a Paycheck
Sue Callori needs only to glance at her arms to remember the tools she uses when the going gets tough. On her right arm her tattoos read: “Challenge your thoughts,” “Radical acceptance,” and “Distraction,” and on her left: “This too shall pass.”
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