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Three-Week Summer Medicine Program

The Psychiatry research program provides an introduction to the fascinating world of mental illness: origins, symptoms, and treatment. Students may 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.

Psychiatrists have a full arsenal of methods at their disposal to treat those disorders as they (unlike psychologists) can prescribe medication. Their medical school training also affords them a fuller understanding of how bodily ailments may manifest themselves in psychiatric symptoms. Psychiatry students may learn about key classes of antidepressants and a range of other medications designed to alleviate symptoms and mental illness. They may practice administering and scoring measures of psychiatric symptoms. They may diagnose individuals using case studies and develop treatment plans.

Students pose after doing research in Clinical Psychology Research three-week program

**NEW** for 2022!


July 5th – 22nd, 2022 | Longwood Medical Area

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More than 43 million people struggle with mental illness. Psychiatrists are there for these patients when talk therapy or coping mechanisms are not what their patients need.

Psychiatrists complete four years of medical school and four years of a psychiatric residency. They know the body’s nuances as well as the mind’s, and they know how the two interact. Psychiatrists can typically diagnose simple and complex psychiatric conditions, prescribe medications, deliver therapies such as electroconvulsive therapy, and provide psychotherapy.

Why is this field SO important right now? Well, did you know that there is a national shortage of Psychiatrists? And this is happening while depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide, youth mental illness rates are spiking, and one in four adults living with a mental illness turn to substance abuse.

Student Comments for Psychology Programs – Summer 2021

“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.”

” 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 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.”



Students show their Rorschach drawings in the Psychology Research three-week summer medical program

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