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Spring Nurses’ Day Conference Focuses on Suicide Prevention

Continuing its long tradition of offering twice-a-year professional development opportunities, the McLean Hospital Nursing Department presented its Spring 2018 Nurses’ Day Conference on Friday, May 11, in Pierce Hall. The daylong program, titled “Preventing Suicide: The Intersection of Public Health and Psychiatric Nursing,” examined state and federal suicide prevention programs...

Celebrating History at Final Nursing Alumni Association Meeting

Reflections of a Proud Tradition Dr. Beverly Bartlett, President, McLean Hospital School of Nursing Alumni Association On May 19, 2018, a proud tradition ended. For 136 years, there has been a connection between McLean Hospital and the graduates of the McLean Hospital School of Nursing. For the last 50 years, there has been no school of nursing, but that did not diminish the alumni’s...

A Well-Traveled Career Path: Mental Health Specialist to Registered Nurse

Nicole Visaggio was a mental health specialist (MHS) at McLean for a year before she decided to become a nurse. She spent the next three years working full-time as an MHS while attending nursing school. Now a nurse manager, she is midway through a master’s degree in forensic nursing. After being an MHS for a year and a half, Hannah Palumbo enrolled in a bachelor’s degree program in...

De-Escalation Training: More Than Just a Class

McLean nurses and mental health specialists pride themselves on their ability to help patients through difficult times during their care. The verbal and non-verbal communication skills employed by staff are commonly referred to as de-escalation strategies. These skills and strategies are critical to promote patient engagement and facilitate least-restrictive care. McLean’s nursing...

BPD and PTSD Treatment Innovator Kicks Off Training Clinics at McLean

Martin Bohus, MD, an internationally recognized leader in the study and treatment of borderline personality disorder (BPD) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), recently presented clinical training sessions, a webinar, and a lecture at McLean Hospital. Through the clinical training sessions, Bohus, currently a visiting professor at McLean, provided guidance on his modification of dialectical...

Fact vs. Fiction: The Truth About Borderline Personality Disorder

Borderline personality disorder (BPD), a complex mental illness often characterized by unstable moods, behaviors, and relationships, has historically been viewed by clinicians as untreatable. An April 2015 article in The New York Times referred to BPD as “an intractable condition,” which is misinformation that persists about the disorder according to John G. Gunderson, MD, director of...

McLean Nurses Present Work During APNA Annual Conference

This past October, nursing representatives from McLean Hospital traveled to Phoenix, Arizona, for the American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA) 31st Annual Conference. The APNA annual conferences are the largest gatherings of psychiatric mental health (PMH) nurses in the United States and are regarded as the premier event for psychiatric nursing. This year’s event did not disappoint....

Recovery in Motion: 2017 Fall Nursing Conference

On September 29, McLean held its 2017 Fall Nursing Conference in Pierce Hall on the Belmont campus. This year’s conference, titled “Recovery in Motion,” focused on bridging the connection between mental health and physical health. McLean Nursing was honored to host Dixie L. Thompson, PhD, and Lora Humphrey Beebe, PhD, PMHNP-BC, FAAN, from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville,...

“Yes, And…”: The Connection Between Clinical Psychology and Improvisational Comedy

Improvisational comedy and clinical psychology do not seem to have much in common, but for Jeffrey Winer, PhD, blending the two worlds makes complete sense. As a McLean psychology intern on the adolescent psychopathology track, Winer draws on both his extensive research and clinical background and his work as an actor and performer to help individuals with severe emotional and behavioral...

How Do You Climb Mountains?

With Autumn, his guide dog and partner by his side, Randy Pierce came to McLean last week—including visits to the Arlington School and Pathways Academy—to deliver inspirational and instructive stories about adversity, perseverance, and teamwork at the weekly Grand Rounds lecture. A neurological disorder caused Randy to lose his sight in his 20s and led to his temporary use of a...

McLean Addictions Conference Draws International Crowd

More than 400 clinicians from around the world converged on Cambridge, Massachusetts in early May for the McLean Hospital Addictions 2016 conference. Those in attendance included addiction specialists, mental health professionals, and practitioners representing family and internal medicine, anesthesiology, infectious disease, pediatrics, and emergency medicine. “This was a hugely...

Sustainable Compassion Meditation

Last year I wrote an article for the McLean nursing newsletter about traveling to India and my journey with global health nursing. This year I am writing about another journey, an inner journey. A journey of burnout and creating resilience which has brought me to teach a class in compassion meditation here at McLean Hospital for nurses and other health care providers. In my career as a...

Combining Science with Public Policy: Rebecca Benham Vautour Selected for ASPET Washington Fellows Program

Rebecca Benham Vautour, PhD, a post-doctoral fellow at McLean’s Laboratory of Genetic Neuropharmacology, has been selected as a 2016 Washington Fellow by the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics (ASPET). The program will provide the opportunity for fellows to develop an understanding of how public policy decisions made in Washington help shape and impact science...

Philanthropy Drives Better Outcomes in Dual Diagnosis

People who suffer from psychiatric illnesses often struggle with substance use disorders as well. For example, those with bipolar disorder experience addiction at six times the rate of people in the general population, while those with depression and anxiety disorders suffer at twice the rate. Now, thanks to a philanthropic foundation and two generous couples, McLean can offer patients with dual...

Boston-Bound: Three Reasons to Attend the International OCD Foundation Conference This Summer

It’s about that time again. The International OCD Foundation Conference is upon us in less than a month, and this year it’s in the OCD Institute’s hometown of Boston, Massachusetts. This can only mean one thing—lots of clam chowder! Research has shown that consuming delicious clam chowder has absolutely no effect on OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder), however attending...

The International OCD Foundation Conference: Join the Reunion!

I’ve been attending and participating in the International OCD Foundation (IOCDF) annual conference since I helped found the OCD Institute (OCDI) and joined the OCD Foundation Board of Directors in 1998. It’s an event I look forward to each summer, as it serves as a reunion of sorts for clinicians and researchers I have come to know well over my many years of practice. The conference...

Fellowship Creates Ripples of Expertise to Change Lives

For a young woman suffering from borderline personality disorder (BPD), waiting weeks or months for treatment can be devastating. People with the disorder often harm themselves and are sometimes suicidal, so the scarcity of therapists trained in one of the gold standard treatments—dialectical behavior therapy (DBT)—leaves many vulnerable. In an effort to meet a growing need for...

Continuing Education Grows Exponentially, Breaking New Ground

Under the leadership of Christopher M. Palmer, MD, Continuing Education at McLean has grown exponentially and broken new ground with its innovative multidisciplinary curriculum. Christopher M. Palmer, MD, director of Postgraduate and Continuing EducationPalmer took the reins of the Department of Postgraduate and Continuing Education in 2000, the year after completing his residency at McLean. At...

McLean Researchers Participate in Society for Neuroscience’s Annual Conference

In November, several McLean physician-scientists and neuroscience researchers traveled to Washington, DC to participate in the Society for Neuroscience's (SfN) annual conference—the world's largest meeting on scientific discovery related to the brain and nervous system. More than 15,000 scientific presentations were given on the advances in techniques and new research about brain structure...

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