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The Support, Treatment, and Resilience (STAR) Program delivers high-quality outpatient care to teens and young adults ages 14-25 who are at risk of psychotic illnesses.
The program offers individual therapy and psychiatric treatment for young people who are experiencing changes that impact thinking, emotions, behavior, and functioning. Although changes like these do not always indicate a first episode of psychiatric illness, they may place a person at increased risk of developing psychosis.
We understand that new or worsening symptoms can lead to confusion and fear. The STAR Program provides support to help individuals and their families learn to understand and cope with these changes.
If you or your loved one are experiencing any of these changes, STAR may be able to help:
STAR is covered by most insurance carriers. Length of treatment varies depending on the needs of the individual.
For those who are seeking treatment following a first episode of psychosis, please consider McLean OnTrack.
Our skilled and compassionate clinicians provide treatment aimed at managing symptoms while improving and maintaining a patient’s overall functioning.
A majority of mental health disorders have roots in childhood and adolescence. There’s a critical window for intervention. In teens and young adults, it can be difficult to differentiate between the normal challenges of growing up and mental illness. By promoting mental well-being, it can be possible to prevent vulnerabilities from becoming disorders.
STAR’s clinicians focus on helping patients to understand the changes they are experiencing in thinking, feelings, or behavior. We help patients develop new coping techniques for managing symptoms. Our goal is to help young people improve and maintain functioning at home, school, work, and in their social life.
Resilience is the ability to adapt well to adversity, trauma, stress, and so on. Resilience is a crucial aspect of mental wellness. At the STAR Program, we teach skills to teens and young adults to manage stress, anxiety, and uncertainty. Coping with adversity can include making connections to resources, maintaining daily routines, helping others, setting and meeting goals, and learning self-care.
Each patient meets regularly with a program therapist and psychiatrist. Our staff creates treatment plans geared to the specific needs of the individual.
Treatment is customized for each patient and can include:
The STAR Program is ideal for adolescents and young adults ages 14-25 who are experiencing changes in thoughts, behavior, emotions, or functioning.
Speaking with a trained professional about diagnosis and treatment is a critical first step in early intervention and in understanding and addressing the problem. Contact us now to get help for you or your loved one.
For further information about the program or to make a referral, please contact:
Sarah Burke, LICSW, Program Director
Prior to admission, we review prospective patients to determine whether the program is a good fit for the individual. Please fill out the STAR Program Referral Form. Once the form is received, someone from the program will get in touch.
STAR is covered by most insurance providers.
McLean Hospital accepts Medicare, Massachusetts Medicaid, and many private insurance and managed care plans. More information on insurance providers accepted by McLean Hospital may be found on the Partners HealthCare website.
You may also find it beneficial to review McLean’s patient billing and financial assistance information.
Sarah Burke, LICSW, Program Director
Ms. Burke began working at McLean Hospital in 2016 as a clinical social worker at the Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder Inpatient Program. She holds a BA in Social Work from Providence College, and earned her Master of Social Work degree from Simmons College.
Perihan Esra Guvenek-Cokol, MD, Medical Director
Dr. Guvenek-Cokol is a child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist, specializing in psychotic disorders and childhood anxiety disorders. In addition to her role as medical director for the STAR Program, she is medical director for Appleton, a residential treatment program.
Joseph Stoklosa, MD, Clinical Director, Psychotic Disorders Division
Dr. Stoklosa is also the assistant program director for the MGH/McLean Adult Psychiatry Residency Training Program. He is actively involved in educational research and founded the Clinician Educator Program for the MGH/McLean residency program. Dr. Stoklosa also developed the Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder Inpatient Program’s clinical care model, which is focused on improving the use of evidence-based treatment.
At STAR, our clinical social worker works together with our psychiatrists. The team strives to build trusting and collaborative relationships with patients and family members in a caring and supportive environment.
The STAR Program operates within the Psychotic Disorders Division, led by Dost Öngür, MD, PhD.
The program is located on the Belmont campus in the Admissions Building. For more information on directions, parking, and local accommodations, please visit our Maps & Directions page.
STAR’s outpatient care focuses on early intervention for symptoms that may or may not lead to a psychotic disorder. Teens and young adults ages 14-25 may be experiencing changes in thoughts, emotions, functioning, or behaviors.
Family involvement in their loved one’s treatment is strongly encouraged. We offer support for family members.
Smoking is allowed in designated outdoor areas only. No smoking is allowed inside any of our buildings.
Cell phone use is strongly discouraged during treatment and in the waiting room to prevent disruption of the program and others.
All requests for medical records should be directed to McLean’s Health Information Management Department.