Community Resources

Providers at community mental health centers and in private practice can diagnose and treat mental health issues.


Child abuse or neglect

Sexual abuse or sexual assault

Learning disabilities and neuropsychological testing


If your child is covered only by DSHS/Medicaid and lives outside King County, we can only treat your child in our clinics if their county has a contract with us for services. Medicaid requires patients to see a mental health provider who has a contract in the county where the patient lives. Look up providers by county.

Current Studies

CARES: Collaborative Adolescent Research on Emotion and Suicide

Seattle Children’s Hospital and the University of Washington are providing specialty treatment for adolescents engaging in suicidal behaviors and studying how to help reduce them. We are accepting teenagers (ages 13–18) that are seeking treatment for self-injurious behaviors. See study participation information (PDF).

Recommended Reading

Tools for families

Eating disorders



Group treatment is available

Seattle Children's offers a number of groups for patients and families of the outpatient psychiatry clinics. The groups can provide hands-on skills and education to children and adolescents who struggle with their emotions and behaviors. Some patients may be referred only to groups or to both individual and group therapy. Some families will benefit from parent seminars which provide skills and education to parents without the child present. Please inquire about the best option for your child during your evaluation feedback meeting with your provider.

Most groups run for 8 to 12 weeks and repeat. If you would like more information about a group, please contact our Psychiatry Support and Crisis Services team at 206-987-2164, option #2.

All links below are to PDFs.

Groups for Kids

Diagnosis Group Name
Anxiety Anxiety Program Groups
Anxiety Taking Action About Anxiety Group for Kids and Adolescents
Anxiety Taking Action for Social Anxiety: Teen Group
Eating disorder Skills Training for Adolescents in Recovery (S.T.A.R.) Group
Eating disorder Meal Support (PDF)
Emotional dysregulation Jedi Masters: Coping Skills for Tweens
Emotional dysregulation Coping Skills for Teens
Social and self-regulation skills Making Friends Group
Social and self-regulation skills Making Friends: Tween Group

Groups for Parents

Diagnosis/Subject Group Name
ADHD Parenting Children with ADHD: Behavior Management Group
ADHD TOPS Group: Teen Organization Planning and Study Skills
Anxiety Anxiety Program Groups
Anxiety Helping Your Anxious Child: Parenting Group (Seattle and Bellevue)
Behavior Incredible Years Parent Group
Parenting Helping Your Adolescent with Coping Skills Parenting Group


Parents Are Invited to Join the Psychiatry Family Advisory Group

  • Is your child receiving care, or has your child recently received care, at Seattle Children’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine (Seattle Children’s Hospital Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine Unit or outpatient clinic, Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic, Seattle Children’s at Overlake Tower in Bellevue or the Autism Center)?
  • Do you have a collaborative spirit and enjoy working with a team of people?
  • Would you like to use your experience as a parent to help improve services for all families seen in our department?
  • Would you like to help identify and work on specific projects which support and promote family-centered care?

If so, we’d like to talk with you about joining our Psychiatry Family Advisory Group. We are always looking for interested parents. We meet on the third Tuesday of the month from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Seattle Children's main campus. If you are interested, please email Cindy Langdon or call her at 206-987-8919.