Episcopal Center for Children

*Please note that The Episcopal Center for Children will cease operations as a therapeutic school effective June 14, 2019.

5901 Utah Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20015
(202) 363-1333

The Episcopal Center for Children is a private, non-profit, non-denominational treatment center and special education program for emotionally troubled children and their families from the greater Washington, DC metropolitan area, and is accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. It is located in Northwest DC on seven acres.

The program is designed for emotionally troubled children of at least average intelligence aged five (5) through ten and a half (10½) at the time of admission, but they may remain through their twelfth year. These children may display a wide variety of disruptive behavioral difficulties; they may be hyperactive, or depressed, or anxious, or they may be experiencing low self-esteem or suicidal ideation.

The diagnoses most frequently treated, in alphabetical order, are: Asperger’s Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder-Combined Type, Bipolar Disorder, Depressive Disorder Not Otherwise Specified, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Impulse Control Disorder, Intermittent Explosive Disorder, Mood Disorder Not Otherwise Specified, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Pervasive Development Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and Reactive Attachment Disorder. Many of our children are also evaluated as having specific learning disabilities.

The Center has a capacity for 63 children and a staff of 56 that includes social workers, psychologists, special education teachers, psychiatrists and other specialists who provide individual and group treatment for each child. Services include individual and group psychotherapy, individualized special education, family therapy and counseling, art therapy, music therapy, intensive reading instruction, occupational therapy, speech and language therapy, psychopharmacology and medical monitoring, all of which occur within a therapeutic milieu.