McLean Hospital / Harvard Medical School

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Primary Investigator:

Flourishing and Virtue in Mentalization-Based Therapy for Borderline Personality Disorder
Dr. Mary Zanarini

McLean is an internationally-recognized inpatient and outpatient clinical training facility founded in 1811, which was repeatedly named America’s top psychiatric hospital over the last 17 years. It has over 1,600 full-time equivalent staff members and averages over 6,000 inpatient admissions and over 50,000 outpatient visits per year. McLean has residential units, a partial hospitalization program, and a series of interlocking outpatient clinics providing training for psychiatric residents, clinical psychology interns and post docs, and social work trainees. Numerous programs specialize in the care of patients with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), and Dr. Mary Zanarini leads seminal contributions to research in this area. Her team is responsible for the emerging research mentioned above that finds virtues are key prognostic factors predicting twenty-year treatment outcomes over and above other clinical indicators. This work highlights the potential for virtue development to help mental health clients to attain a life characterized by well-being and generative connection to others. McLean also has a training institute offering numerous trainings in evidence-based treatments for personality disorders each year with an average yearly attendance of 580 professionals and trainees from around the U.S. and the world.