Our Expertise and Staff

Meet the Executive Director

Patricia L. Thompson, MA, MSW, LCSW-C has been a social work practitioner for 44 years, and serves as the Executive Director for Generations Family Services, Inc. She received her BA degree from Morgan State University, a Master's in social work from the University of Maryland School of Social Work, followed by a post-master's certificate in Social Administration in 1984. Ms. Thompson spent most of her professional career in the field of pediatric social work. She was employed at the Kennedy-Kreiger Institute for 10 years, the University of Maryland at Baltimore for 10 years, and Family and Children's Services  of Central Maryland, Inc. for 15 years.  

During her 15 years tenure at Family and Children's Services of Central Maryland, Ms. Thompson climbed to the rank of Assistant Executive Director. She was responsible for the oversight of multiple jurisdictions, program development, grant writing and budgeting. One of her major accomplishments with the agency was securing over a million dollar grant through the Success By Six initiative, funded by the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation and United Way, forging a working relationship with the agency and the Druid Hill, Reservoir Hill and Upton communities. The initiative, which was known as DRU, was designed to support families with helping their children to be ready to learn by the age of six.  

In addition to her concern and love for children and families, Ms. Thompson has always been concerned about women's issues. As an Assistant Executive Director at Family and Children's Services, she held responsibilities for providing oversight to the Domestic Violence and Sexual Abuse Programs in Baltimore City, Baltimore, Harford and Anne Arundel Counties. She practices from a trauma-informed perspective and has received training in TIR (Trauma Incident Reduction). She developed a passion for these issues and has dedicated part of her professional and ministry work to trying to bring attention to these issues with the goal of bringing healing to victims of these insidious crimes. 

Another successful grant writing accomplishment was being awarded a grant, by the Governor's Office on Crime Control and Prevention, during her tenure as Executive Director of the Renaissance Center of Morning Star Baptist Church, in Baltimore County. This grant made it possible to provide outreach to the faith community regarding victims' rights under Maryland Law and the resources available to them.  

Ms. Thompson has also provided individual, couples and family counseling through her private practice for 40 years. However, overtime, she began to realize that many of the clients she served were having spiritual issues so she decided to seek a master's degree in Church Ministries from the St. Mary's Seminary Ecumenical Institute in Baltimore and received her degree in 2007. The marriage of traditional and pastoral counseling has added a dimension to her work with others that has proven to be invaluable and continues to aid in her work in both the secular and faith communities. She has, also, served on the Pastoral Counseling Ministry of the New Psalmist Baptist Church, located in Baltimore, Maryland.

Our Staff

Staffing at Generations Family Services, Inc. consists of experienced licensed certified social workers and professional counselors. The agency will also serve as a training site for bachelor and master degree students in the field of social work and graduate students seeking clinical supervision to become licensed practitioners in Maryland.

Deborah Barr, LCSW-C

Deborah is a graduate of Howard University.  She is a licensed certified social worker-clinical, LCSW-C. She is passionate about working collaboratively with her clients in a peaceful, supportive environment.  She has fourteen years of experience working with children and families in the foster care system. She has ten years of experience working as an administrator with State and non-profit agencies.   She works with individuals and families who are willing to learn, love and change.  Her areas of interest are: Parent/Child relationships, developmental therapy, self-esteem, depression, anxiety and working with the elderly.

Helen Pitts, LCSW-C

Mrs. Pitts came to GFS with years of experience working with individuals around issues of depression, anxiety, physical disabilities, alcohol abuse, relationship issues, separation and divorce, grief counseling, trauma, anger management, LGBTQ, and work-related problems.  The population served includes adolescents through the aged population.  In addition, she has acquired years of experience working with persons in law enforcement where she specialized in Employee Assistance Programs. 

She is a graduate from the University of Maryland School of Social Work where she received her MSW.   She also received a Certificate in Gerontology from the University of Maryland, College Park. She is a member of the National Association of Social Worker and a Maryland board certified licensed clinical Social worker (LCSW-C). 

Her practice style is very eclectic, and her favorite treatment modality is Cognitive Behavior Therapy. This technique is so helpful in changing those negative thoughts to something positive, thus helping her clients with making better decisions and assist them with solving problems more effectively. 

Mrs. Pitts currently works part-time on Thursdays from 1-7 pm.  The work begins during the initial session. Her  goal is to form a trusting relationship with her clients.  She is a great listener, who takes the journey with you towards a path of healing, good health, and well-being.