Phone: 301.593.6554

CCC™ (COOL, CONFIDENT AND COURAGEOUS) KIDS CAMP FOR SELECTIVE MUTISM (SM) AND/OR SEVERE SOCIAL ANXIETY

CCC_kids CCC™ Kids Camp is a 5-day camp experience that provides intensive behavioral treatment for children ages 4 to 8 who are diagnosed with SM and/or severe social anxiety. Participating in the CCC™ camp gives children the opportunity for a more successful transition to the new school year as they build successes with brave talking. The CCC™ Kids Camp is a structured experience in which children participate in a variety of engaging activities including outdoor sports, arts and crafts, and music. We also simulate typical classroom activities such as circle time, morning meeting, and center work. These activities provide children with hands on practice in verbal participation in a safe, school-like environment. Children receive individualized goal setting and support through work with a one to one counselor and positive feedback and rewards to increase their brave behavior. “The CCC Camp is modeled after the intensive week-long program developed by Dr. Steven Kurtz.”

Camp includes:

  • 25 hours of effective treatment completed in only one week
  • Each child receives individualized treatment with his/her own trained counselor
  • A variety of fun and engaging activities for children to practice brave talking with new children and adults

The CCC™ Kids Camp is co-directed by Drs. Kelly O’Brien and Veronica Raggi who have extensive expertise in the treatment of SM and social anxiety. For more information, please contact our intake coordinator at (301) 593-6554, ext. 24 or 40.

WHEN: AUGUST 13, 2018- AUGUST 17, 2018 from 9:00am-2:00pm

Alvord, Baker & Associates, LLC Chevy Chase, MD

SAVE $250 WHEN YOU REGISTER BY MAY 30!

Registration Form: PDF.

During the school year, we also offer half-day group opportunities in the community for continued practice with brave talking with children and adults in new settings. Please contact our intake coordinator at the number listed above for more information. Parents of campers say that the small group and individual attention helped their children make tremendous progress in brave talking and other challenges. Parents liked the simulated classroom setting and numerous opportunities for children to generalize brave talking to a variety of activities and people. Parents reported large boosts in their children’s self-confidence after participating in the program. They feel our program is a helpful transition into the new school year!....... And children say the program is fun!

Cool, Confident and Courageous Group: Building Speech and Socialization Skills in Adolescents with Severe Social Anxiety and/or Selective Mutism

Cool, Confident and Courageous Group: Building Speech and Socialization Skills in Adolescents with Severe Social Anxiety and/or Selective Mutism Alvord, Baker & Associates, LLC is excited to offer a new, 8-week, weekly therapeutic group to help adolescents with severe social anxiety and/or selective mutism practice initiating and building social interactions with their peers in a fun and relaxed setting. Evidence-based techniques for encouraging and building speech and conversation skills will be utilized in the context of structured activities. There will be a total of 8 weekly sessions offered on Monday at 6:45pm starting September 24, 2018. Group rates are $100 for each 60 minute session. Groups will be held at our Chevy Chase location at 8401 Connecticut Ave., Suite 1120, Chevy Chase, MD 20815. An intake is required prior to enrollment. If you would like to register, please call 301-593-6554 and speak with our intake coordinator. Alternatively, you can send the group leader, Dr. Veronica Raggi, an email at vraggi@alvordbaker.com. We require a $120 registration fee (which includes a $20 supply fee.) $100 of the registration fee will be applied towards payment of your final group session.

Registration form: PDF.

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for Teens Program (MBSR-T)

The Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for Teens Program (MBSR-T) is a research-based course designed to help teens 14-19 years of age learn simple yet effective mindfulness practices that they can use to increase their focus, manage stress, and enjoy life. Mindfulness means noticing your thoughts, emotions, and sensations in the present moment without judgement. This group will help stressed teens learn to recharge, be kind, and grow wise through the practice of mindfulness.

During the 8-week MBSR-T course, teens will learn and practice the techniques of mindfulness together to intentionally focus awareness of their own experience from moment to moment. Developing awareness through mindfulness is a powerful intervention for enhancing emotion regulation. Instead of reacting to daily events on autopilot, mindfulness helps us learn to respond with greater awareness and intention. Instead of reacting with harsh or unkind speech and actions toward ourselves or others, we evolve to respond more skillfully in a way that is consistent with our values. Instead of feeling disconnected or helpless, we find a sense of connection to others and ourselves. Teens will leave the group with the foundation they need to develop their own daily mindfulness practices, and experience the benefits of greater self-acceptance, enhanced self-confidence, and improved quality of life.

MBSR-T group will meet for eight weeks at our Chevy Chase location on Tuesdays from 6:00pm - 7:30pm starting October 9, 2018, continuing through December 4, 2018. Group rates are $150 per 90-minute session. For families new to our practice, teens must first participate in an intake session prior to registering for the group. For more information or if you would like to register, please contact Dr. Erin Lewis-Morrarty at 301-593-6554 x12 or email at elewismorrarty@alvordbaker.com.

Registration form is available here: PDF.

Teen Perfectionism Group

This fall, Alvord, Baker & Associates, LLC is pleased to offer a 12-week group for high school students with perfectionism. The focus of the group is on cognitive-behavioral strategies to reduce perfectionistic thoughts and behaviors and increase confidence and self-worth. Academic-oriented perfectionism will be emphasized, though skills can be applied across all domains. Time will also be devoted to the “college admissions ‘mania’.” The group will be held weekly from 5:30 to 6:30 pm on Mondays beginning September 17th, 2018 and ending December 10th, 2018. Groups will be held at our Chevy Chase location at 8401 Connecticut Ave., Suite 1120, Chevy Chase, MD 20815. Group rates are $100 per session. We require a $125 registration fee (which includes a $25 supply fee.) $100 of the registration fee will be applied towards payment of your final group session. For families new to our practice, teens must first participate in an intake session prior to registering for the group.

If you are interested in more information about the group, please email Dr. Michelle Gryczkowski at mgryczkowski@alvordbaker.com or leave a detailed message with your name and contact information at 301-593-6554, ext 56.

Registration form is available here: PDF.