Please note, the Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds is an educational vehicle only.
We do not provide clinical services or referrals for treatment. Instead, please explore the programs and services at Massachusetts General Hospital that can provide the care you need.
With more than 300 physicians, 50 medical specialties, 15 surgical services, and compassionate preventive and primary care, MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC) is an invaluable resource for the health-care needs of infants, children and adolescents. Some of their specific services are highlighted below.
- Pediatric Psychiatry. This division at MGHfC provides comprehensive evaluation and treatment of children and adolescents with the full spectrum of psychiatric conditions and behavioral or emotional difficulties in both inpatient and outpatient settings.
- Learning Disorders. This program at MGHfC addresses the needs of children (ages 5-19) with learning difficulties and differences who are not learning at the expected rate or who are under-achieving.
- Lurie Center for Autism. The Lurie Center at MGHfC is a multidisciplinary program designed to evaluate and treat children, adolescents and adults with a wide variety of conditions including autism and autism spectrum disorder, Asperger syndrome and developmental delays.
- Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine. This division of MGHfC provides primary care to adolescents and young adults, as well as specialty care in areas including eating disorders and other developmental issues occurring during adolescence.
The Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Psychiatry includes more than 60 specialty clinical and research programs that address virtually every aspect of psychiatric disorders. Highlighted below are some of their specific treatments and services.
- Acute Psychiatry Service (APS). Located within the Massachusetts General Hospital Emergency Department, the Acute Psychiatry Service (APS) addresses acute psychiatric, neuropsychiatric, and substance-use emergencies in children and adults.
- Addiction Recovery Management Service (ARMS). ARMS provides rapid access to information and support, combined with outreach and care management, for youth ages 15 to 25 and their families who suffer from substance-related problems.
- The Alan & Lorraine Bressler Clinical and Research Program for Autism Spectrum Disorders. This Program is dedicated to improving the clinical care of children and adults with autism spectrum disorders, advancing the education of patients, families, and service providers, and expanding the scientific understanding of these disorders.
- Child Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) Program. The mission of the CBT Program is to inform and educate healthcare professionals, students, and the general public about CBT, to further CBT research, and to provide advanced clinical care to patients in the context of CBT.
- Eating Disorders Clinical and Research Program. This Program provides outpatient evaluation and treatment for children (ages 7 and up), adolescents, and adults with feeding and eating disorders.
- Juvenile Court Consultation Program (JCCP). JCCP provides court-ordered clinical assessment and consultation services to the Juvenile Courts of Suffolk and Norfolk counties in Massachusetts.
- Learning and Emotional Assessment Program (LEAP). LEAP at Massachusetts General Hospital assesses children ages 2 to 22 who have developmental difficulties, and consults with their parents, teachers, and care providers.
- Outpatient Child/Adolescent Psychiatry Services. Outpatient Child/Adolescent Psychiatry Services provides comprehensive evaluation and treatment to Massachusetts General Hospital patients with the full spectrum of psychiatric conditions and behavioral or emotional difficulties.
- Pediatric Psychopharmacology Clinical and Research Program. The goal of this Program is to advance the well-being of children and families afflicted with mental illness through clinical care, education, and research.
- PACES Institute (Performance And Character Excellence in Sports). The mission of the MGH Sport Psychology Department is to promote healthy psychological functioning, character, and optimal athletic performance in athletes of all ages, as well as offer guidance to the parents, coaches, and administrators who support them.
- Resilience Enhancement and Prevention Program. The mission of this Program is to help young people (ages 14 to 30) develop better coping skills for managing stress. The program’s philosophy is based on the idea that it’s important to maintain and improve one’s mental health (just as it’s important to maintain and improve one’s physical health by exercising and eating right) in order to prevent psychological problems from developing in the future. In practice, this is achieved through individual consultations and skill-building programs that focus on expanding experiences of well-being, and improving emotion regulation and interpersonal relationships using well-established approaches.
- Think:Kids. Think:Kids aims to dramatically improve society’s understanding and treatment of challenging kids. It achieves this goal by disseminating and implementing an innovative, proven approach known as Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS). The CPS model conceptualizes challenging behavior as the result of difficulty with crucial thinking skills; thus, unlike traditional models of discipline, the model eschews power, control, and motivational procedures, and focuses instead on identifying and teaching challenging kids the skills they lack.
The Marjorie E. Korff Parenting At a Challenging Time (PACT) Program offers guidance to parents with cancer who receive treatment at the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center, and are concerned about the impact their cancer or terminal illness diagnosis and treatment may have on their children.