March 23, 2020March 23, 2020Louis Josephson, Ph.D.

Dear Community Member,

As we focus collectively on the threat of the COVID-19 coronavirus, I want to assure you that the Brattleboro Retreat is taking numerous steps to safeguard the health of our patients, staff, and community.

At the same time, we are remaining focused on our core mission to provide quality mental health and addiction services. With the few exceptions listed below, we are continuing to accept admissions across many of our programs.

March 20, 2020Brattleboro Retreat
Starting at end of business on Friday, March 20, 2020, all in-person outpatient group programs at the Brattleboro Retreat will be temporarily closed.
March 20, 2020Laura Kelloway, LICSW
  1. Put your own oxygen mask on first! Make sure your fears are in check and that you get the help you need to cope during these unprecedented times. Talk to your friends and other supports about this privately, out of earshot from children. With young children around turn off the radio and television when Covid 19 broadcasts are on. With older children limit it; there is only so much any of us can take without feeling anxious.

January 22, 2020Louis Josephson, Ph.D.

The field of addiction care has seen several important developments in the past 10 years. Many, but not all, have been driven by efforts to respond to the nationwide opioid crisis. From my perspective, the most significant advance in the last decade has been the ‘hub and spoke’ treatment model — an innovation in addiction care that was started here in Vermont and has been adopted by a number of states across the nation.

September 10, 2019Kurt White, LADC, LICSW

Starting Now is the Retreat's intensive outpatient program (IOP) for patients recovering from addiction. But with a full range of outpatient recovery treatment services, it's more like an IOP-plus!

"We use the word 'intensive' because our patients attend between 9 and 12 hours a week of group therapy," explained Heather Humphrey-LeClaire, clinical supervisor. "And the program generally lasts from 5 to 6 weeks."

July 12, 2019Louis Josephson, Ph.D.

As CEO of Vermont’s largest psychiatric facility, my day-to-day thoughts tend to center on the mental health and addiction issues that impact people in Vermont and neighboring states.  Each year, thousands of adults, adolescents, and children from across the region turn to the Brattleboro Retreat in times of need, and our mission to serve them has never been more critical.

December 07, 2018Louis Josephson, Ph.D.

It's hard to turn on the radio or visit your favorite online news source these days without coming across a feature story or in-depth series about the state of mental health treatment here in Vermont and nationwide.

More often than not, the media pays a good deal of attention to system inadequacies, regulatory and/or clinical missteps, perceived waste, and poorly coordinated care. Fair enough.

September 05, 2018

Meet Colleen E. Carney, PhD, Director of the Sleep and Depression Laboratory at Ryerson University in Toronto. In this interview with host, Gay Maxwell, Dr. Carney describes why cognitive behavioral therapy is the best treatment for insomnia.

July 08, 2018

With suicide rates on the increase locally and around the world, Naomi Rather, LMHC and Deborah Curtis, LICSW both certified Emotionally Focused Couples Therapists and founders of, seek the expertise of Brattleboro Retreat's Chief Clinical Officer Kirk Woodring to help understand this tragic phenomenon. In this episode of The Couch, the discussion identifies connection is a protective factor against suicide.

July 03, 2018Meghan Baston, MSN, RN

In the past few decades our society has witnessed unprecedented change in almost every area of life. This includes our professional experiences. The work we do and the ways we carry it out bear little resemblance to what most people took for granted at the start of the new millennium.
In the field of healthcare sweeping change has taken place at lightning speed and continues to be the “new normal.”