Child and Family Therapy Clinic (CFT)

Part of the Behavioral Psychology Outpatient Programs
Kennedy Krieger Institute • 720 Aliceanna Street, 2nd Floor • Baltimore, MD 21202


Gina Richman, PhD

About Our Program:

The Child and Family Therapy Clinic provides outpatient clinical services to families of children exhibiting a wide range of emotional and behavioral difficulties, including oppositional/defiant disorder, parent-child conflicts, attention deficits, and school related difficulties including disruption/truancy, bullying, and underachievement. Other common behaviors served include aggression, verbal abuse, tantrums, inappropriate sexual behavior, mood disturbances, anxiety, depression, phobias, unresolved grief, exposure to a traumatic event and social skills deficits.

Our Treatment Approach:

The clinic's treatment approach entails working with the entire family and any external systems with which the child and family are involved, including school, social services, pediatricians and psychiatrists. Patients served consist of many family constellations (e.g., multi-generational, grandparent-headed, foster, two-parent, single parent). Families may also present with many unique stressors including divorce/separation, military deployment, substance abuse, lack of social support, or other significant adjustment-related difficulties. Staff members provide services in the clinic and also coordinate services with schools and other community settings as needed.

Parent services include:

  • Family Therapy
  • Individual Child Therapy in conjunction with Family Therapy
  • Parent training in behavior and stress management
  • Problem solving strategies
  • Parent-child communication training
  • Training in supportive parenting practices for children with emotional, behavioral, or adjustment-related problems
  • Education in child development and childhood disorders

Child services include:

  • Evidence-based treatment (e.g. cognitive-behavioral therapy) for anxiety and mood disorders
  • Brief behavioral and emotional functioning assessments
  • Social skills training
  • Coping skills for adjustment-related stress
  • Anger management training
  • Strategies for improving planning, organization, and decision-making skills
  • Solution focused therapy

Interns and post-doctoral fellows trained on this rotation serve as family therapists and consultants to school staff and other service providers including psychiatrists, primary care physicians, occupational therapists, physical therapists, and speech and language therapists. They are trained to conduct comprehensive evaluations of children in the context of their families and community environments utilizing family systems and behavioral family therapy approaches to treatment, while also working to develop and implement treatment plans based on assessment results following a scientist-practitioner model. Interns and post-doctoral fellows are trained to use a multi-modal approach to measure treatment progress and outcome including verbal report, home and school generated data and direct observation.

Professional Training Opportunities:

The clinic's training model combines practical training with a variety of individual and group supervision methods (live, videotape, co-therapy), as well as seminars focused on family therapy. Trainees are provided with diverse opportunities related to the assessment and treatment of childhood behavior disorders and family dysfunction. Past research projects have included: development of direct observation procedures to assess parent-child interactions, exploration of relationships among family variables, assessment results and treatment participation and outcome, identification of variables affecting show rate and treatment compliance in low-income families, identification of stressors unique to specific family constellations and effectiveness of group therapy approaches.

Hours of Operation:

Vary by clinician and location. General hours of operation are:

  • Monday - Thursday: 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  • Fridays: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.


To make a referral or request an initial evaluation:
Contact our Care Management Office
Toll-Free Referral: (888) 554-2080
Local Referral: (443) 923-9400

Follow-up appointments are scheduled by clinicians.

Related Materials and Information
Additional Diagnoses Served: 
Academic under-achievement
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
Anger Management
Adjustment Disorder
Impulse Control
Oppositional Defiant Disorder
Parent-Child communication problems and relationship issues
School Behavior Problems
Social Skills Deficits