Young Adult Partial Hospital Program

Young Adult Partial Hospital Program

The Young Adult Partial Hospital Program is designed to meet the specific needs of 18-to-26-years-olds. The supportive environment empowers young adults to learn how to gain control of their illness and strive to achieve their personal goals. The program runs Monday through Friday starting at 9 a.m. and ending at 3:30 p.m.

The program’s theoretical framework draws on aspects of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT). The supportive environment empowers young adults to learn how to gain control of their illness and strive to achieve their personal goals.

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Contact Information

Young Adult Partial Program
Butler Hospital
345 Blackstone Boulevard
The Hall @ Center House, 3rd Floor
Providence, RI 02906
P: 1 (844) 401-0111

Partial Hospital Admissions Office Hours
Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Our Partial Hospital and IOP programs are now offering virtual programming through telehealth, in addition to safe, on-site treatment.

Looking for an MSW/MA Internship Opportunity? Please email your request along with a resume to Erin Ursillo at

Please note: To intern in our partial programs, MSW or MA students must be able to commit to a schedule of M-F in the mornings so that they can carry a caseload.

Why would someone come to the program?

People significantly struggling with changes in their lives – adjusting to independent life, transitioning in school or work, and/or resolving relationships (family, romantic or friendship) – will benefit from a program designed to support young adults in a shared setting and often addressing similar issues. The treatment team is experienced in treating anxiety, depression, mood disorders, psychotic disorders, trauma, and impulsive behaviors that have arisen during this stage of life.

Butler also offers two intensive outpatient programs for young adults, True Self (LGBTQ+) and College Student, which may provide a better option for individual needs.


How does the program work?

The program runs on weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and on average will last between five and eight days. The treatment team will work with you to determine the appropriate length of stay as treatment progresses. You will be assigned to a compassionate, highly trained, multidisciplinary team that consists of a psychiatrist, an individual therapist, group therapists, and an occupational therapist who collaborate with you throughout your stay to ensure you are fully benefiting from the program.

The team assists you in developing a customized treatment plan that focuses on your specific goal for treatment. Skills, support, and education are delivered daily through group and individual therapy.

What will I be doing in the program?

On your first day at The Hall at Center House, you will discuss with the team what brings you to our program so we can begin working on your treatment plan right away. You will meet with your psychiatrist upon admission and (s)he will supervise your clinical care while you are in the program. Your treatment plan will include skills groups, interactive therapy groups, individual therapy, and, if appropriate, medication management. There will be break time allotted in between sessions as well as a longer break for lunch. Lunch is not provided within the program so you will need to bring lunch or you can visit our cafeteria or café.

What should I bring with me?

On your first day please bring:

  • Picture identification
  • Insurance card
  • List of current medications
  • Emergency contact information

Other Helpful Tips

Parking is free of charge. Follow signs on the Butler Hospital campus to Sawyer Building and enter lot A1. Enter the main doors of the Sawyer Building and turning left follow signs for Young Adult Partial Program to Center House third floor.

There are outlets available in The Hall for recharging cell phones or tablets, however, the use of this equipment is only allowed during breaks.

Butler Hospital is a smoke-free, tobacco-free campus. Smoking is not permitted, including e-cigarettes, in the buildings or on the grounds. If you smoke or use tobacco products, discuss this during your initial meeting as we do offer medications that may aid in smoking/tobacco cessation.

Meet the Team

Everyone from the unit secretary, to the therapists and doctors play a role in experiences of the young adults that come through the program. Here's your chance to meet the team that makes up the Young Adult Program. Find out why helping young adults matters to them, how they handle stress.

Erin Ursillo, LMHC, Program Manager

Born and raised in Rhode Island, Erin earned her BA in psychology from the University of Rhode Island. She worked for three years in Maryland as a service coordinator for young adults with developmental disabilities. She started working at Butler as a counseling intern in 2009 while working on her master's degree in clinical mental health counseling. Her internship brought her a wealth of direct experience and knowledge in both individual therapy and group psychotherapy in an inpatient setting. After graduating with her master's degree from Adams State University, She joined the Department of Social Services at Butler Hospital as a per diem clinician and shortly after, started as a full-time social services clinician on Delmonico 3, Butler's adult inpatient unit. During her years on the inpatient unit, she worked with countless patients and families helping them become educated about mental illness and connecting them to much-needed community resources.

Personal Statement
As a licensed mental health counselor for the State of Rhode Island, I am excited to make the transition to the Young Adult Partial Program in hopes that my team and I will make a significant impact on the education, treatment, and healing of young adults and their families in our community. The age group that we are targeting for our program is important to me because I understand how difficult life transitions can be during the shift from adolescence to adulthood. I believe it is important for patients to know that they do not need to navigate changes, challenges, or hardships on their own.

How do you relieve stress?
I feel very strongly about the impact of exercise on my mood. I make it a point to include running, stretching, and weight training in my schedule several times a week. I notice a huge difference in my mood and my ability to function when I can’t get to the gym.

Sharon LS. Shepard, MD, Program Physician

Dr. Shepard completed adult residency training through Brown University in 2000 and a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry in 2002 at Boston Children’s Hospital, affiliated with Harvard. She has been an attending psychiatrist at Butler since 2002. In addition to working on Young Adult Partial, she is also an attending child psychiatrist on the Inpatient Adolescent Unit at Butler. Dr. Shepard also works in the consultation program, doing evaluations as requested by local pediatricians.

Personal Statement
I am very interested in this population because as a child psychiatrist I have a strong interest in families and family dynamics, and being of transitional age is a time fraught with pressures as the young person is figuring out how to move out into their own adult life. This is complicated by mental health issues, which either continue or emerge at this stage of development. This is a time when many young people fall out of treatment, as they work to navigate the mental health system. I am dedicated to helping these youth successfully make this transition into adulthood, and I think our program is a start to helping accomplish this goal.

What Inspires You?
I am inspired by the principal of Tikuun Olam, which comes from Jewish tradition. According to this principle, if you save one person, it is as if you have saved the whole world.

Micaela Condon Program Therapist, True Self Intensive Outpatient Program

In 2006, Micaela started her career in the mental health field when she began working at Butler Hospital as a mental health worker/certified nurse assistant. In 2010, she returned to school to pursue her Masters in Social Work. While in school she gained experience interning as a school social worker at The Met School and in the social services department at Butler Hospital. After graduating she transitioned to the role of a social service clinician in the hospital. During her time as a social service clinician, she gained experience in positions on an inpatient adolescent unit, patient assessment services, and in the addictions partial hospital program. She also worked for an outpatient agency in Massachusetts that worked with the co-occurring population. In the fall of 2015, Micaela obtained her LICSW and began work as a program therapist in Butler Hospital’s Young Adult Partial Hospital Program.

In 2017, Micaela received an award for Excellence in Hospital Care from the Hospital Association of RI for her work in updating hospital policies and providing education to create a safe environment for individuals of the LGBTQ+ communities to receive treatment for their mental health needs. In addition to her role as a program therapist in the True Self IOP, Micaela sees patients in an outpatient private practice. 

Personal Statement 

I am excited to have the opportunity to be a part of a program that offers a safe affirming environment for individuals who identify as part of the LGBTQ+ communities to receive support for their mental health needs. While working as a program therapist in the Young Adult Partial Hospital Program I had the opportunity to work with many young adults from these communities as they not only navigated the many transitions of becoming a young adult, but also the unique issues related to sexual orientation and gender identity/expression. I have found the work I have done thus far to be rewarding and look forward to continuing to engage in empowering young adults. 

How do you relieve stress? 

I relieve stress by going outside and exploring. I love going for long walks while being mindful of nature. I also find connecting with my hobbies of art, knitting, sewing, and baking to be helpful with managing stress.

Kaitlyn Farrell, Occupational Therapist

Katy holds a master’s degree in occupational therapy from Worcester State University and served as a student intern in the inpatient intensive care unit at Butler Hospital in 2014. She spent two years as an occupational therapist working with older adults in physical rehabilitation before returning to Butler to pursue her passion of working in mental health, a key motivation for pursuing a career in occupational therapy. She incorporates a holistic mind and body treatment approach to her therapy. This includes assessment and treatment related to medication management, meal planning, and anxiety management in order to maximize the independence and safety of each individual in his or her home setting.

Personal Statement

Since beginning my journey as an occupational therapist, I always knew I wanted to specialize in working in the mental health field. When I found out I would have the chance to work with the young adult population, I felt enthusiastic about getting to help individuals who are going through life stressors that I recently went through myself. I think this gives me an understanding of life as a young adult that helps me reach a more relatable level with this age group. I have a strong belief that my knowledge related to life skills and coping strategies can help each individual become more functional in his or her daily life.

How do you relieve stress?

After a stressful day, I always need to work through that stress with some form of exercise. I like cycling, running, and attending different workout classes. I’m also a firm believer in the benefits of spending time outdoors. I love going for hikes and being in the fresh air. Spending time with my dogs Winnie and Hazel also help!

David Leicht, COTA/L, Occupational Therapy Assistant

David is a 2013 graduate of CCRI’s Occupational Therapy Assistant Program, and holds a BFA in drama from the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU. Before joining the Occupational Therapy Department at Butler Hospital, David worked for a number of years at RHD-RI, an arts-based day program for adults with developmental disabilities, where he helped lead a number of highly interactive groups including podcasting, theater, and the improvisational band Hasta Piñata. He was greatly inspired by the incredible joy that clients took in exploring new skills and passions, and the bravery they showed on a daily basis to follow their dreams, even when faced with very real and significant daily challenges.

Personal Statement
I came to the Young Adult Partial Program following work on Butler's Intensive Treatment Unit as a clinician as part of the Unique Needs Program at Butler Hospital. I am very excited to work with the young adult population and continue to develop programming that is relevant and compelling to help them build the skills necessary to navigate the difficult transition to independence.

How do you relieve stress?
No matter what stresses I’m dealing with, I try to keep a good sense of humor and keep things in perspective. I also like to play music, keep physically active with sports, and play games with my children.

Courtney McCarthy, Program Therapist

Courtney obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in psychology and sociology from the University of Rhode Island. She enrolled in Rhode Island College after working in research for one year, and obtained her Master's degree in social work, with a clinical concentration. She worked for five years at the Women’s Medicine Collaborative as a clinical therapist, providing psychotherapy to women struggling with various mental health issues, with a focus on the perinatal population. In addition to working in the Young Adult Partial Hospital Program, Courtney maintains a private practice through Providence Behavioral Health Associates.

Personal Statement

I enjoy working with the young adult population for so many reasons. This population is often presented with a number of challenges that can be difficult to navigate as they transition from adolescence to adulthood. To provide services at such a pivotal time in their lives is very rewarding.

How do you relieve stress?

I find any physical activity helps to relieve stress, including running, fitness classes, and yoga. I also enjoy just relaxing at home with my friends, family, and my puppy.

Mike Petrarca, LMHC, Program Therapist

Mike is a licensed mental health counselor in the State of Rhode Island. He is a graduate of Rhode Island College's Master’s in Agency Counseling Program and received his CAGS (certificate of advanced graduate studies) degree in mental health counseling at Rhode Island College. He has a decade of experience as a mental health professional working with diverse client populations.

Personal Statement
I enjoy working with the young adult population for the opportunity to help shape the lives of perhaps the most important demographic in the community. I enthusiastically joined the program to give back to those who helped me so generously along the way when I was younger.

How do you relieve stress?
Exercise, meditation, a good meal, and surrounding myself with people I can always share a lighthearted moment with.

Kristen Sundin, LICSW, Program Therapist

Born and raised in Rhode Island, Kristen obtained a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in psychology and minor in criminal justice from Sacred Heart University. She worked for two years at The Providence Center, as a case manager, where she provided community support services and life skills management to adult clients. Kristen then went back to graduate school, to get a master's of social work (MSW) from Rhode Island College, and started at Butler as an MSW intern and per diem social service clinician. From her intern role, she transitioned to working full time as a social service clinician II, on Delmonico 4 (Butler's Adult General Treatment Unit), where she worked for eight years, before transitioning to this new role as a program therapist in the Young Adult Partial Program.

Personal Statement
I really enjoy working with this young adult population because it is a time of such transition and change in their lives. I want to help them navigate through the difficulties they face. I can remember how hard the transition can be, becoming an adult, and our program can help ease that transition for those that are struggling. It is also a population that underutilizes services, so by having a place that is more geared towards their struggles, we hope that they will become more engaged in treatment.

How do you relieve stress?
I really enjoy spending time with my dog, Charlie, and spending time at the beach.