Our clinical programs include:
- Center for Children and Families, serving children birth to 16 years old
- The LAUNCH Program, serving adolescents and young adults 16 to 24 years old
- WISE (Center for Wellbeing in Schools Environments), serving students and families in public schools in Washington, D.C.
Center for Children and Families (Outpatient Child & Adolescent Psychiatry)
At the MedStar Georgetown Center for Children and Families, we prioritize holistic and whole-family approaches to supporting optimal outcomes for children and adolescents with mental health concerns. Our multidisciplinary, multicultural team of child, adolescent, and family psychiatrists, psychologists, and therapists work together to provide outstanding diagnostic evaluations and to create treatment plans that support family wellbeing. Treatments options offered are individual and group-based for children and their parents and caregivers, as well as a range of supportive interventions to optimize brain health and build strong relationships.
Our Clinical Services
In the Center for Children and Families, we provide the following direct clinical services for children, adolescents, parents, and caregivers:
- Psychiatric diagnostic assessment and medical treatment for children, adolescents, and their parents and caregivers
- Individual psychotherapy for children, adolescents, and their parents and caregivers
- Family therapy and couples’ therapy
- Groups therapies
- Resilience Builder Program®
Resilience Builder Program® is a group therapy based on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy designed to build children’s social competence and self-regulation. This group is designed for children and adolescents ages 7-14 (3rd - 8th grade) with a range of clinical concerns who hope to develop social skills, coping skills, and flexibility in thinking. Groups are comprised of between three and eight children, and this approach allows for real-time feedback as well as opportunities to practice skills with peers. Parents receive coaching about how to support the learning taking place in groups. All groups are led by experienced licensed psychologists and therapists.
Alvord, M. K., Zucker, B., & Grados, J. J. (2011). Resilience Builder Program for Children and Adolescents: Enhancing Social Competence and Self-Regulation. Champaign, IL: Research Press.
- Regulating Together Group Therapy
Regulating Together is an outpatient group program designed to foster adaptive emotion regulation skills for children (ages 8 - 12) and adolescents (ages 13 - 18). This group program includes groups for children/adolescents to learn emotion regulation skills as well as groups for parents to learn ways to coach and support their child's emotion regulation. Regulating Together groups incorporate cognitive behavior therapy, applied behavior analysis, mindfulness, and behavior management training approaches. Skills taught in the program include relaxation, anger management, problem solving, and flexibility. This program is designed for children and adolescents with emotion regulation difficulties related to a range of clinical concerns. The group setting and family-based approach support the generalization of skills taught to outside of the group (e.g., school, social settings) as well as the continued use of skills after the group ends. Regulating Together was developed by Rebecca Shaffer, PsyD at Cincinnati Children's Hospital.
- Mindfulness Classes
Mindfulness is a powerful practice that improves emotional regulation and positively impacts children, adolescents, and adults who may struggle with mood, anxiety, attention, sleep, and other clinical issues. We offer weekly group-based classes that introduce young people to the basics of mindfulness in a supportive environment led by an experienced therapist and mindfulness facilitator.
- Parent Education and Support Group
Parenting can be extremely stressful, and parents of children with emotional and behavioral difficulties can feel especially overwhelmed. We provide two group formats to support parents in our Center:
- Family Wellbeing Group
A weekly drop-in group led by our clinical experts covering key themes in family wellbeing including sleep, exercise, nutrition, mindfulness, healthy use of digital media, communication and limit-setting.
- Parent Management Training Group
A 6-week structured group led by an experienced clinical psychologist that focuses on building and practicing parenting effective techniques in working with elementary school-aged children with behavioral difficulties.
- Family Wellbeing Group
- Resilience Builder Program®
LAUNCH Program for Emerging Adults
The LAUNCH Program is a multidisciplinary outpatient clinic designed to meet the needs of emerging adults between the ages of 16-24 years old with mental health concerns. The program’s clinicians strive to collaboratively develop individualized treatment plans and to support clients in making values-based decisions that move them towards their goals.
LAUNCH addresses the many changes of emerging adults including those occurring in the brain, socially, emotionally, financially, and relationships with family, friends, and romantic partners, leisure activities, and cultural beliefs, through treatment and support that focuses on cognitive changes, social/emotional development, identity exploration, and mental health and wellbeing.
Center for Wellbeing in School Environments (WISE)
The WISE Center supports schools with comprehensive approaches for mental wellbeing. With a multidisciplinary, multi-cultural team of mental health professionals, the program provides multi-tiered support to over 30 public schools in Washington, D.C. through five primary services that promote improvements in academic and mental health outcomes:
- Mental Health Treatment Services and Support for Students and Families
- Professional Development for Educators
- Classroom Coaching
- Consultation with School Leaders & Support Staff
- Teacher Wellbeing Initiatives