Teaching, mentoring, and helping others comes naturally to Fairlee C. Fabrett, PhD.
As director of clinical training for McLean Hospital’s Adolescent Acute Residential Treatment (ART) Program, she supervises and supports post-doctoral fellows and clinical trainees, helping them gain the experience and skills they will need on the job. In some cases, she guides them toward areas of study and professional opportunities they may not have considered.
“The more involved I’ve become in supervising young clinicians, the more gratifying I find it,” she said. “I like helping people find their path.”
With her background as a clinician and researcher, Fabrett brings a unique perspective to her mentoring duties. “I like giving feedback, and I find that people have been able to trust me,” she explained. “I find myself asking questions to help my supervisees challenge preconceived notions and consider alternative possibilities.”
For Fabrett, the gratification she feels from mentoring is balanced by a sense of urgency that comes from her own experience as a student and trainee.
Having had the experience of formative mentorship from professors and supervisors, she said that “some days I come home from work thinking ‘can I be doing more, can I be a better mentor, what am I lacking?’”
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