The intensive depression and anxiety camp-based treatment program combines psychoeducation, skills training groups, and exposure activities to provide a fun summer camp experience. Camp integrates evidence-based group and individual interventions (CBT, DBT, ACT, behavioral activation, values-based exposure) to deliver a values-based program designed to decrease anxiety and depression and improve the individual’s well-being, self-esteem, and social connectedness.

Individuals aged 14-22 are eligible to participate in camp.

Treatment Goals

  1. Provide participants with education about anxiety and other emotions (specifically symptoms of social anxiety, generalized anxiety or worry, performance anxiety, school avoidance, OCD, body image issues, poor self-esteem and depression).
  2. Teach and practice coping skills to improve participants’ ability to identify, understand, and manage emotions, thoughts, and behaviors.
  3. Participate in daily activities across the Boston area specifically designed help individuals generalize newly-learned concepts and skills within fun, social environments.

A Typical Day:

9am – 10am: Identifying Emotions group (Teach thought and emotion recognition)

10am – 11am: Understanding Emotions group (Develop an understanding of what emotions are telling us)

11am – 12pm: Managing Emotions group (Develop coping skills and practice values-based exposure activities)

12pm – 1pm: Lunch (Scheduled lunch activities and exposures)

1pm – 4pm: Behavioral Activation/Exposure Activities (Scheduled off-site activities such as laser tag, a picnic in Boston Common, etc.)