Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine

Patient and Family Resources

We want you to have all the information you and your child need to understand your child’s condition and to participate in treatment. This page provides links to resources that we hope will be helpful.

Resources at Seattle Children’s 

Resources in the Community

Even if we do not have openings, it is important to get care when your child needs it. There are many resources in the community that can help. 

Treatment-Specific Resources

Treatment Groups

We offer a number of groups for children, teens and their parents and caregivers. Treatment in a group format is shown to be highly effective. It also allows more families to receive care. We hear from families that our groups provide support and connection and help to reduce the stigma that can come with having a mental health condition.

Before your child or teen can join one of our groups, they need to have an evaluation appointment. This will help us understand the child’s diagnoses and come up with a treatment plan. Taking part in a treatment group may be one of the recommendations that comes from their evaluation.

Treatment groups provide hands-on skills and education to children and adolescents who struggle with their emotions and behaviors. Many of our groups also have a parent group that takes place at the same time. Some programs are parent-only groups that provide skills and education to parents without their child present. We create treatment groups based on current research and best practice for treating mental health conditions.

How to get services

If you are new to Seattle Children’s Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine clinics and are interested in signing your child up for a group, you will need to get a referral from your primary care provider. They will need to send us a referral for the group you are interested in. If we receive a referral from your provider, we will let them know if we have an opening or not. If we have room in the group, we will contact you to answer questions to see if the group is a good fit and then we will schedule an evaluation appointment. Learn more about how to get mental health services at Seattle Children’s.

If you are a current patient, please talk with your Seattle Children’s provider. They can recommend a group, as well as provide a referral.

Cost

The cost of each group differs. We will bill your child’s insurance for each session you attend. Read more for details on a specific group.

  • Anxiety First Steps Caregiver Education Class

    • Audience: Caregivers of children and adolescents aged 5 to 17 who have anxiety or OCD; teens may join with caregivers
    • Location: Telehealth video visits from home Date and Time: varies
    • Number of sessions: 1
    • Format: Parent class
    • Read More (link to PDF). 

    Anxiety Program 

    • Audience: Ages 5–17 (split into separate groups, based on age)
    • Locations: Hospital Campus and North Clinic in Everett
    • Number of sessions: 9 + an individual feedback session
    • Date and time: At this time, all group sessions are being held via a telemedicine/video visit platform. Several groups are offered throughout the week. Information on days and times will be shared with families when our scheduling team contacts them to schedule. Some in-person groups may resume in the future.
    • Format: Child and parent groups offered at the same time (parent/caregiver attendance is required) 

    Early Childhood Anxiety Parent Group

    • Audience: Caregivers of preschool-age children ages 3 to 6 who have anxiety
    • Location: Telehealth video visits from home
    • Number of sessions: 8
    • Format: Parent class
    • Read More (link to PDF) (Spanish).

    School Avoidance Group 

    • Audience:Parents and middle and high schoolers
    • Locations: Hospital Campus
    • Number of sessions:8
    • Date and time:Tuesdays from 10–11:30 a.m.
    • Format: First 2 sessions are parent-only and then the remaining are a parent-child joint group
    • Read more (PDF). 

    Selective Mutism Group 

    • Audience: Parents and children ages 3–7 and 8–12
    • Locations: Hospital Campus
    • Number of sessions: 8
    • Date and time: Tuesdays from 10–11:30 a.m. (for ages 3-7) and Thursdays from 10–11:30 a.m. (for ages 8-12)
    • Format: Child and parent groups offered at the same time
    • Read more (PDF) (Spanish).
  • Middle School Life (After Cancer) 

    • Audience: Children ages 11–14 and their parents
    • Number of sessions: 8
    • Location: Hospital Campus
    • Date and Time: Tuesdays from 5–6 p.m.
    • Read more (PDF).
    • AYA Cancer Group (PDF)
  • Meal Support 

    • Audience: Parents of children (any age) with eating disordered behavior
    • Location: Hospital Campus
    • Number of sessions: 1
    • Date and time: Thursdays from 5–7 p.m. or Sundays from 12:30–2:30 p.m.
    • Format: Parent group
    • Read more (PDF). 

    Skills Training for Adolescents in Recovery (STAR) 

    • Audience: Adolescents (ages 13–17) in ongoing outpatient treatment
    • Location: Hospital Campus
    • Number of sessions: Ongoing
    • Format: Adolescent group
    • Read more (PDF).
  • ADHD First Steps Parent Education Class

    • Audience: Caregivers of children and adolescents aged 5 to 17 who have ADHD or may have ADHD.
    • Number of sessions: 3
    • Location: Telehealth video visits from home
    • Date and Time: Mondays at 3:30 p.m.
    • Format: Parent class
    • Read more (PDF). 

    Boosting Teens Program

    • Audience: Parents/caregivers of teens ages 13-17 with ADHD, trouble completing tasks, or challenges with emotions and communication
    • Number of sessions: 4
    • Location: Telehealth video visits from home
    • Date and Time: Four Weekly, 75-minute sessions
    • Format: Parent skills training group
    • Read more (PDF)

    Incredible Years 

    • Audience: Parents of children ages 8–11 who have ADHD
    • Number of sessions: 20
    • Location: Hospital Campus
    • Date and Time: Wednesdays from 4–6 p.m.
    • Format: Parent group
    • Read more (PDF). 

    Incredible Years and Dinosaur School 

    • Audience: Ages 6–8
    • Number of sessions: 20
    • Location: Bellevue and Hospital Campus
    • Date and Time: Thursdays from 4–6 p.m.
    • Format: Parent and child group 

    STAND Program

    • Audience: Teens 6th to 12th grade with ADHD, learning problems or difficulty organizing along with their parent/caregiver
    • Number of sessions: 8 to 12
    • Location: Telehealth video visits from home
    • Date and Time: Weekly, 60-minute sessions for up to 3 months, time tbd
    • Format: Teen/parent therapy
    • Read more (PDF)

    SuperParenting Teens  

    • Audience: Parents of adolescents age 12 to 17 with difficulties managing emotions and behaviors/completing tasks
    • Number of sessions: 10
    • Location: Telehealth video visits from home
    • Date and Time: 4 to 5 p.m. Wednesdays
    • Format: Parent group
    • Read more (PDF). 

    SuperParenting Children  

    • Audience: Parents of children age 6 to 12 with challenging behaviors including trouble listening, arguing, not completing tasks, or tantrums
    • Number of sessions: 8
    • Location: Telehealth video visits from home
    • Date and Time: Several groups are offered throughout the week
    • Format: Parent group
    • Read more (PDF). 
    • Incredible Years (Early Childhood) 

      • Audience: Parents of children ages 2–5
      • Number of sessions: 18
      • Location: Telehealth video group visits
      • Date and Time: Thursdays from 1–3 p.m.
      • Format: Parent groups

      Parent Anxiety Group (Early Childhood) 

      • Audience: Parents of children ages 3–6
      • Number of sessions: 8
      • Location: Hospital Campus and North Clinic in Everett
      • Date and Time: At this time, all group sessions are being held via a telemedicine/video visit platform. Several groups are offered throughout the week. Information on days and times will be shared with families when our scheduling team contacts them to schedule. Some in-person groups may resume in the future.
      • Format: Parent group

    Support and Support Groups

    • Guided Pathways provides support for families and their children living in King County. They provide one-to-one parent support to help guide parents while their child is having difficulty and during recovery. They also provide peer support to guide youth through difficult times.
    • List of support groups at Seattle Children’s

    Videos

    ADHD 101: Why Kids With ADHD Need Different Parenting Strategies (Video 8:46)

    ADHD 101: Why Kids With ADHD Need Different Parenting Strategies - Spanish (Video 9:52)

    Challenging Child Behaviors and the Family Cycle (Video: 7:12)

    Challenging Child Behaviors and the Family Cycle - Spanish (Video: 7:34)

    Firearm Safety and Suicide Prevention (Video 0:30)

    Firearm Safety and Suicide Prevention - Spanish (Video 0:30)

    Mental Health Warning Signs (Video: 0:30)

    Preventing Suicide: What Families Need to Know (Video 4:50)

    Preventing Suicide: What Families Need to Know - Spanish (Video 5:02)

    Safe Medicine Storage and Disposal (Video :30)

    The Window on Time - Understanding Children With ADHD (Video 4:57)

    The Window on Time - Understanding Children With ADHD - Spanish (Video 5:32)

    What is ADHD? (Video 9:06)

    What is ADHD? - Spanish (Video 10:41)

    What is Parent Behavior Management Training? (Video 6:00)

    What is Parent Behavior Management Training? - Spanish (Video 7:20)

    External Links

    • DSHS/Medicaid

    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(PDF).

    Podcasts