You need only turn on the nightly news to be reminded of the mental health crisis facing today’s young people. According to Daniel P. Dickstein, MD, FAAP, chief of McLean’s Nancy and Richard Simches Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, providing access to care in an efficient, affordable, and equitable way is one of the most pressing issues in child and adolescent mental health.
“There are simply not enough clinicians available to work with young people at a time when children and adolescents need mental health support the most,” he said.
That’s why McLean recently launched three new doctoral internship tracks in child and adolescent clinical psychology within its well-established and highly competitive psychology internship program.
The program offers a final year of training prior to obtaining a doctoral degree in clinical psychology and offers six adult general mental health tracks and one track for adults with post-traumatic stress disorder.
Although the current program offers rotations in a child and adolescent unit, the 2023-2024 training year will be the first time interns can focus their entire training experience on this demographic.
The three tracks—the anxiety/mood disorders track; the general psychopathology track; and the emotion dysregulation and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) track—provide a full year exclusively within child and adolescent clinical programs, primarily for clinical training, but also research.
According to Matthew Schrock, PhD, co-director of Psychology Training, education and training have always been a “pillar of McLean’s mission. And now, more than ever, it’s vitally important to get these new clinicians out into the workplace to alleviate the stress on our mental health system.”
Courtney Beard, PhD, co-director of Psychology Training, agrees. “Our field needs more child-focused clinicians who have been trained at top hospitals. With McLean’s incredible programming and long-standing commitment to training, it makes sense that we should be preparing the next generation of clinicians to work with young people,” she said.