What is your name and what are your credentials?
Amy Boyers, Ph.D., Director of Adolescent Services for Clementine, Oliver-Pyatt Centers new program focused exclusively on the treatment of adolescent girls.
Please give us a brief description of your background.
I am a clinical psychologist. I completed my training in Clinical Health Psychology at the University of Miami where I received a Department of Defense Fellowship to study Psychoneuroimmunology. I completed my internship at the University of Miami Counseling Center, where I first worked with individuals with eating disorders and then completed two Post-Doctoral positions. I was a Post-Doctoral Fellow at University of Miami in the Department of Psychology for two years and I also completed a one year Post-Doctoral Residency at the Renfrew Center in Coral Gables.
What does a typical day look like for you at Oliver-Pyatt Centers?
I am currently transitioning to the position of Director of Adolescent Services for Clementine, Oliver-Pyatt Centers new program focused exclusively on the treatment of adolescent girls. For the last six years, I have worked as a consultant and have served as the Director of Clinical Training. I have run a number of different groups over the years and currently facilitate a group for parents once a month. I have supervised over 30 trainees and staff in my time at Oliver-Pyatt Centers.
In your own words, please describe the philosophy of Oliver-Pyatt Centers.
My experience of the “OPC Philosophy” is that we do whatever we need to do (within reason of course!) to help the patient recover. That is why we are able to provide an individualized experience for our clients. We have the capacity to hold our clients emotionally in a way that can be quite profound and nurturing and allows them to make changes they haven’t been able to in the past. I love that we are willing to “think outside the box” with our clients in order to help them engage in the recovery process. As a result, the therapy offered at Oliver-Pyatt Centers is not only of high quality, but is quite creative in its delivery.
How does your team work together? How do your roles overlap and differ?
As I mentioned above, I am moving into the role of Director of Adolescent Services for Clementine, the adolescent treatment program at Oliver-Pyatt Centers. Our team is new and are currently in the planning stages. I will be overseeing the larger picture, clinical aspects, including programmatic issues. I have developed the clinical programming and structure that will be used for the Adolescent Program. Bertha Tavarez, Psy.D. (to be introduced on the blog soon!) will be handling all day to day clinical issues while I will be overseeing and providing additional support during more complex or emergency issues. I will also be providing many of the services in the parent education program. I will be attending all staff meetings to ensure the care of the patients is consistent with Oliver-Pyatt Centers philosophy and goals.
What is your favorite thing about Oliver-Pyatt Centers?
My favorite thing about Oliver-Pyatt Centers is how much creativity is encouraged. I don’t only mean creativity in the artistic sense, but in finding new ways to use well-established interventions so we really reach the client. I always tell new therapists at Oliver-Pyatt Centers that they are free to try something “out of the box” as long as they can provide a sound theoretical and clinical argument for doing so.
What are three facts about you that people do not know?
I moved to Miami at one and a half years old. I have 2 dogs that I am obsessed with. I love to cook.
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