Components of the LAUNCH program

The LAUNCH Program is a multidisciplinary outpatient clinic in the Medstar Georgetown University Hospital Department of Psychiatry. You and your individual therapist will work together to develop a comprehensive plan for treatment that may include some or all of the following components.  

Individual Therapy:

You and your individual therapist will work together to identify values-consistent life goals that will then inform and guide treatment. The schedule for individual therapy varies and you may meet with your therapist on a weekly or bi-weekly basis. We utilize evidence-based approaches to address psychological symptoms while concurrently working to help our clients build a values-consistent life.

Group Therapy:

There are several options for group therapy. Each group is a skills group in contrast to a typical therapy group. The overarching goal of a skills group is to help each participant increase their own skill level to help cope with challenging life situations or psychological symptoms. The skills groups will typically cover one skill each week and ask each participant to complete a homework assignment.

  • LAUNCH Group
    The Launch Group is a 16-week group that covers a variety of skills to aid in making the transition towards greater independence. Topics covered include mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, interpersonal effectiveness, anxiety management, healthy social media use, healthy sexual behavior and substance use, and effective use of medications.

    Tuesday, 4:00 – 5:00 pm

  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Group
    Dialectical Behavior Therapy is a treatment developed to help manage intense emotions. The DBT skills group covers the following areas in depth: Mindfulness, Walking the Middle Path, Distress Tolerance, Interpersonal Effectiveness, and Emotion Regulation. The full course is 28 weeks.

    Tuesday, 5:00 – 6:00 pm

Medication Management:

Psychotropic medications are helpful for a variety of psychiatric conditions and may help alleviate obstacles that are interfering with your ability to reach your goals. Medication management starts with a psychiatric evaluation to assess the need for psychotropic medications. We provide ongoing medical evaluation and monitoring as needed.

Parent Coaching:

As emerging adults work towards independence, parents face challenges too. Parents face questions about how much and what kind of support to offer, when is it the right time to let them try it on their own, and how to manage personal anxiety about the process, among others. We offer parent coaching to help with this transition individually or in a group with other parents. In either modality, therapists provide general support and concrete strategies to facilitate communication and build a stronger relationship between parents and emerging adults.