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Compass Program for Young Adults

Our Team

By choosing a program that specializes in treating the special developmental needs associated with young adulthood, patients receive treatment specifically designed for their unique issues. Menninger’s Compass Program for Young Adults' clinical treatment team members are experts in recognizing and helping patients manage the difficulties in transitioning into young adulthood.
The Menninger treatment team strives to understand and treat each individual as a whole person medically, psychologically, socially and spiritually. These multiple perspectives aid the evaluation of each person’s health, behavior and situations at work and home, as well as help with treatment planning.

Compass Team Members

A patient’s clinical treatment team forms during the first days of a stay at Compass. This team includes the patient, a psychiatrist, a clinical psychologist and a social worker. If needed, specialists for addiction, eating disorders and more can be added to the core team.
This team performs the following functions:
  • The psychiatrist generally leads and coordinates the team, and manages medication.
  • The social worker communicates with family and coordinates the post-discharge wellness plan.
  • The psychologist performs diagnostic testing and communicates with the patient about progress.
  • Individual psychotherapy is conducted by a clinical professional on the team, generally two times per week.
Together, the patient and Menninger treatment team set goals for treatment. With diagnoses and functional problems in mind, an individualized course of treatment is developed. Treatment modalities for which there is support in the literature are used; however, since not all therapies are rigorously evaluated, the team also relies on the clinical expertise it has developed during many years of treating patients in a comprehensive bio-psycho-social setting.
Patients with addictions receive additional therapy, along with education about addictions. They are encouraged to attend 12-step meetings such as Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous.
omalleyFlynn O'Malley, PhD, ABPP
Dr. O’Malley, director of the Compass Program, offers more than 30 years of experience at The Menninger Clinic. He also serves as an associate professor, Menninger Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at Baylor College of Medine. Most recently, he was clinical director for the Adolescent Treatment Program.
Since he joined Menninger in 1981, Dr. O’Malley has been significantly involved in the diagnosis and treatment of troubled young people. He specializes in trauma, anxiety and depression; developmental and behavioral issues; suicide and self-harm prevention and treatment; sexual and gender issues; and diagnosis and treatment of complex psychiatric disorders.
The author of numerous professional papers and a frequent speaker at professional conferences, Dr. O’Malley’s current interests include the process of mentalizing and its role in identifying and treating core issues, the psychotherapy of young people and other issues in specialty inpatient diagnosis and treatment.
Dr. O’Malley completed his postdoctoral psychology fellowship at The University of Texas Medical Branch, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Galveston, Texas. He received his doctoral degree in clinical psychology from the University of New Mexico. He is also a Diplomate of the American Board of Professional Psychology in clinical psychology.
davidson-2011-websiteJoyce Davidson, MD
In addition to serving as medical director for the Compass Program, Dr. Joyce Davidson is an assistant professor of psychiatry at the Menninger Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at Baylor College of Medicine. Her interests include obsessive-compulsive disorder and cognitive therapy.
A member of the American College of Psychiatrists, Dr. Davidson is board-certified in both psychiatry and neurology. She earned her medical degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine and completed a general psychiatry residency and child psychiatry fellowship at the Karl Menninger School of Psychiatry.