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The Clinical Psychology one week program provides an introduction to the fascinating world of mental illness: origins, symptoms, and treatment. Students will gain understanding of the major forms of mental disorders such as: Autism, Schizophrenia, Phobias, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Depression, Eating Disorders, and Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity.
Students will also gain understanding of interventions and other treatment options. COVID permitting, students may take a field trip to a psychiatric facility and to an academic lab to learn about recent psychiatric research.
Looking for a program more focused on neuroscience? Check out our three-week Neuroscience Research.
Note: this page represents our best expectations for the program we will deliver, but is subject to change. We will update this page as new information becomes available.
June 24 – 28, 2024 | Olin/Wellesley, MA
July 22 – 26, 2024 | Gann/Bentley, Waltham
July 29 – August 2, 2024 | Olin/Wellesley, MA
S1 Instructor: Jonathan Briseno
Jonathan has been working to complete his PhD in Counseling Psychology at UMass and will be transferring to Yale University School of Medicine in the fall. He previously earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Psychology at Texas A&M. Jonathan taught multiple programs for BLI in 2022 to rave reviews!
S2 Instructor: Sarah Swanson
Ms. Swanson is a Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Massachusetts, conducting extensive research. She also currently works as a Mental Health Therapist for students attending Rhode Island College. Before moving to the Boston Area, Ms. Swanson earned both her Bachelor’s and Master’s from Gonzaga University, where she played Division I Soccer.
S3 Instructor: Gregg Deehan
Mr. Deehan has conducted research at McLean Hospital, the top psychiatric hospital in the country. He is a teacher at Milton Academy, one of the most prestigious high schools in Massachusetts. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University.
Student Comments from Summer 2023
‘I loved this program! I think that is due to my strong interest with how the brain works. I like how everyone was able to engage in discussion and that we were able to watch really cool TED talks and movies/documentary. It was an overall great experience.’
‘I really liked the way the class was taught. It was really interesting and I felt really comfortable asking questions. I liked the combination of learning and mindfulness activities.’
‘I enjoyed the structure of the clinical psychology class, having lecture periods along with interactive learning. I also enjoyed listening to the visitors’ stories and information.’
‘ My program was very informative and I learned a lot about mental disorders that I did not know before. Also, I like all the activities we did especially the art therapy.’
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