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McLean Hospital’s Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Child/Adolescent Clinical Psychology, led by Fairlee C. Fabrett, PhD, is a full-time, 12-month program in which fellows gain experience as part of the Adolescent Acute Residential Treatment (ART) Program treatment team.

The ART helps adolescents stabilize so that they may pursue further treatment in a partial program or outpatient setting and assists adolescents in becoming experts at understanding their emotional experience so that they have a better chance of managing emotionally overwhelming circumstances, interpersonal conflicts, and self-destructive urges after discharge. The program uses a unified approach to treatment, which combines strategies from dialectical behavior therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy, to develop the language necessary to describe emotional experience—including physical sensations, emotional thoughts, and emotion driven behaviors—as well as to teach skills that can help in times of distress and cravings and skills that can help with emotion regulation. Additional components of treatment include case management, classroom-based skills training, individual and family meetings, expressive music and art therapies, skills coaching, group and milieu therapy, and recreational therapy.

This position is ideal for individuals who are interested in a mentored clinical training opportunity in the treatment of adolescents with an array of psychiatric diagnoses. As part of patient treatment teams, fellows carry clinical cases, conducting individual and family therapy, and are responsible for case management. They also lead and co-lead groups and are expected to create and lead a patient group that fits into the ART’s treatment philosophy. Fellows are integrated into bi-weekly clinical rounds, learning to discuss a case (presenting problem, formulation, ongoing mental status, treatment goals, and progress).

The ART offers seminars throughout the week on a variety of topics, and fellows have the opportunity to attend McLean’s Grand Rounds and other professional training lectures. The fellowship also includes a proposal for appointment in psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

How to Apply

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, current curriculum vitae, a clinical summary of a child/adolescent patient, and three letters of recommendation (including at least one from someone in the applicant’s academic program regarding anticipated completion of degree). Applications are due by January 10, 2018.

Applicants must have completed internship training required for a doctoral degree in clinical or school psychology. In addition, candidates must have completed and passed their doctoral dissertation prior to beginning their post-doctoral fellowship.

For more information or to submit application materials, please contact Fairlee C. Fabrett, PhD.