Christopher Mulligan, LCSW, is Founder and Clinical Director of Groupworks West in Los Angeles, California. Christopher is currently an adjunct lecturer at the University of Southern California, School of Social Work.
Christopher has held clinical and administrative positions at therapeutic day schools, day treatment centers and residential settings, including Julia Ann Singer Center and Vista Del Mar Child and Family Services. He was a mental health consultant at Santa Monica-USD, Redondo USD, and Westmark School. Christopher began his career as an elementary school teacher at the Center for Early Education, P.S.#1, and Crossroads School.
An innovative and strategic clinician, Christopher specializes in cogntive-behavioral therapy, group intervention, family therapy and parent management training. He often uses theater arts and filmmaking in his therapeutic groups to help young people improve the nuances of social interaction and learn how to work in an ensemble.
For over 20 years, Christopher has designed comprehensive treatment plans for children and families challenged by complex psychiatric diagnoses and behavioral problems such as: Pervasive Developmental Disorders, ADHD, Bipolar Disorder, Impulse Control Disorders, Anxiety and Depression, OCD, Tourette’s Syndrome, Eating Disorders, and Addiction. He has worked with adolescents transitioning to and from residential treatment and also is experienced in divorce and custody mediation for families of special needs children.
Christopher received a BA from Sarah Lawrence College and an MSW from the University of Southern California (USC). He grew up in Brentwood and attended Oakwood and Crossroads Schools. His father, acclaimed director Robert Mulligan, helmed such classics as “To Kill a Mockingbird”; “Summer of ‘42”; and “Love with a Proper Stranger,” among others. His uncle, Richard Mulligan (“Soap”; “Empty Nest”), was a veteran stage, film, and TV actor. His mother, Jane Van Buren, was an internationally renowned psychoanalyst.