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Located a half mile from McLean’s Belmont campus, Waverley Place is a community-based support program which provides a therapeutic community for adults experiencing severe mental illness, including conditions such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.
Members of Waverley Place guide their own participation in the program, including but not limited to program and group attendance.
Staff, peer counselors, and other community members assist each member to design and implement a plan of action customized to the individual’s needs and goals. Each individual meets with staff to review current meaningful goals in reference to eight dimensions of wellness—emotional, intellectual, social, spiritual, physical, occupational, environmental, and financial needs. In this self-determined plan of action, both Waverley Place members and staff can grow and thrive and while working towards recovery.
Waverley Place offers an array of support and services. Community members determine which services they engage in and how often they participate.
Daily group therapy includes open discussion and activity groups, workshop classes for structured attendance, and the chance for members to facilitate or co-facilitate groups. The specifics of the schedule vary from day to day so that the groups attended over the course of a week cover a variety of topics including recovery, interpersonal skills, independent living, spirituality, finding meaningful work, living with condition symptoms, and smoking cessation. Group activities include board games, art, writing, music, gardening, cooking, and cognitive games. We also focus on fitness groups such as yoga, meditation, stretching, group walks, and trips to the gym.
Waverley Place’s social environment helps members build connections and acceptance. We offer planned and impromptu social activities both within the program and in the larger community.
Weekly outings include visits to various local establishments such as coffee shops, stores, farms, museums, art stores, and restaurants. Seasonal outings may bring members to beaches, parks, amusement parks, and orchards. Other special events include open mic nights, cookouts, holiday parties, and organizational walks (such as the annual National Alliance on Mental Illness walk). We also support members in their vocational pursuits by facilitating trips to job fairs, career centers, and local businesses.
Personal support and access to resources are crucial to sustained recovery. Individual support from Waverley Place staff helps members establish and carryout personal goals while mutual peer support from other community members helps individuals engage in meaningful activities and roles. There are ample opportunities to have conversations about stigma, discrimination, self-stigma, advocacy, and empowerment.
We offer guidance and tools within the community to connect members with outside services to assist in vocational, educational, housing, financial, wellness, and personal needs, including access to trained benefit specialists.
Individuals are given the opportunity to participate in research, both specific to Waverley Place programs and on other topics.
At Waverley Place, members also have access to computers, art supplies, garden, meditation space, and a local athletic club.
Members of Waverley Place have access to the program’s multidisciplinary staff of peer counselors, an occupational specialist, and vocational therapist. Peer counselors are individuals who are living healthy and productive lives managing their psychiatric illness.
Individuals interested in becoming members of Waverley Place can be self-referred, referred by McLean providers, or referred by programs and providers within the greater community. For further information, please contact:
There is a monthly membership fee of $300; however, because the program is funded in part by an endowment, a reduction in this fee is available for those who qualify.
The program is located near the Belmont campus on Pleasant Street in Belmont. For more information on directions, parking, and local accommodations, please visit our Maps & Directions page.
Our community program supports adults who are undergoing changes in thinking and concentration, having difficulties with mood and anxiety, and experiencing hearing, seeing, or sensing things that others don’t, and who want to be a part of a therapeutic community.
Family involvement is up to the individual.
Smoking is allowed in designated outdoor areas only. No smoking is allowed inside any of our buildings.
Cell phone use is allowed, with some guidelines to prevent disruption of the program and others. Cell phone users are asked to be courteous during groups and group activities.
To complement our programs’ services and encourage individuals’ initiatives in their own treatment course, many self-help groups are hosted by McLean.