Child and Adolescent Services

Our child and adolescent services serve patients ages four to 17 who need rapid and comprehensive evaluation and stabilization during acute episodes, and placement in an appropriate level of care. These services, offered on both our Towson and Ellicott City campuses, as well as through our affiliate partnerships, include inpatient units, day hospitals, residential, outpatient, and special education programs.

One of the things that makes Sheppard Pratt's child and adolescent services unique is that all of our child and adolescent inpatient units, as well as the child and adolescent day hospital, provide clinical programming that is Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)-informed. With DBT, we teach our patients several basic skills so that they are able to experience emotions without letting the emotions control them, engage in healthy relationships, control themselves when faced with a difficult situation, and focus and enjoy everyday life. The basic skills practiced in DBT are:

  • Emotion regulation
  • Interpersonal effectiveness
  • Distress tolerance
  • Mindfulness
  • Walking the middle path

While under our supervision, we work closely with the patients and their families so that everyone is familiar with these skills and can continue to practice them even after the patient is discharged from our care.

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