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Social Work Outpatient Mental Health Clinic
Kennedy Krieger Institute • 716 North Broadway, Rm. 125, • Baltimore, MD 21205
Patricia Shepley, MSW, LCSW-C
About Our Program:
The clinical social workers in Kennedy Krieger's Social Work Outpatient Mental Health Clinic specialize in providing mental health services, including diagnosis and treatment, for children, adolescents, young adults and their families. Community-based treatment services may be developed on a contractual basis at schools and community agencies.
The Social Work Outpatient Mental Health Clinic is a part of the Social Work Department at Kennedy Krieger Institute.
Primary Program Goals:
The overall goal of the Social Work Outpatient Mental Health Clinic is to enhance the functioning of individuals with special needs and their families through the provision of individual, family or group treatment. The following groups exist or may be developed:
- Social Skills Groups for Children:
- Skill-based groups providing treatment for children and adolescents experiencing difficulty with adult and peer relationships at home and/or at school.
- Goal: To help participants develop the skills necessary to cultivate positive peer and social relations and appropriately manage their emotions and behavior at home, in school and in the community.
- Group Objectives: Development/improvement of the following skills: anger management, conflict resolution and stress management. Generally groups meet once a week throughout the year.
- Social Skills and Values Clarification for Adolescents and Young Adults:
- Skill-based groups providing treatment for adolescents who are experiencing difficulty with adult and peer relations.
- Goal: To help teenage participants understand and clarify their values and develop skills that will allow them to establish and maintain healthy, satisfying and meaningful relationships with others.
- Group Objectives: Knowledge/improvement in the following skills: maintenance of appropriate boundaries, appropriate problem solving skills, anger and stress management, good hygiene and safety. Generally groups meet once a week throughout the year.
- Adolescents Coping With Physical Disabilities:
- This group provides treatment for adolescents who have physical disabilities and/or limitations.
- Goal: To help participants deal effectively with their feelings about being "different" because of their disability or limitations.
- Group Objectives: To encourage members to explore their feelings about how their disability affects self esteem, friendships, opportunities for socialization and dating and their ability to participate in educational programming. Development of socialization skills is emphasized. Generally, groups meet every other week throughout the year.
- Adolescent Girls Esteeming High:
- This group provides treatment for adolescents whose primary struggle is with self-esteem.
- Goal: To assist participants in developing a positive self-image.
- Group Objectives: To increase participants' awareness of how they express negative feelings about themselves; to identify distorted negative beliefs about one's self and the world and to replace distorted beliefs and behaviors with a more realistic and healthy understanding of themselves and the world in which they live. Generally, groups meet weekly throughout the year.
- Grief and Loss Groups for Children and Adolescents:
- These groups provide treatment for children and adolescents who have experienced a loss due to death, separation, divorce or other traumatic event.
- Goal: To create a supportive emotional environment that will allow participants to successfully grieve their losses.
- Group Objectives: To help participants identify and acknowledge their losses and associated feelings; to develop avenues to appropriately express feelings; to understand and experience the universality of the loss experience and to develop a meaningful context to their loss experience. Generally, groups meet weekly throughout the year.
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Evening hours also available.
To make a referral or request an initial evaluation:
Care Management Office
Toll-Free Referral: (888) 554-2080
Local Referral: (443) 923-9400
For follow-up appointments: