Trauma-Informed Social Hour at Timeless Pints Brewing Company

Social Hour Events Page (1)Do you enjoy craft beer? Want to help our Trauma-Informed Movement in Education expand to reach further in Long Beach?

If you said yes to either of these questions, you won’t want to miss our Social Hour Fundraiser for our It’s About T.I.M.E. program at Timeless Pints Brewing Company on May 17! Limited tickets available for $35 per person.

Each ticket includes choice of one (1) 10 oz. beer and one (1) food plate will be catered by Shady Grove Foods.




Click here to read the latest It’s About T.I.M.E. update.


The Bridge: Pathways to a Trauma-Informed Community

The Bridge - Movie PosterThrough interviews with Long Beach and Catalina Island community leaders and Guidance Center clients, The Bridge: Pathways to a Trauma-Informed Community highlights the effects of poverty on mental health, and how cultivating a trauma-informed community is part of the wider solution for breaking the intergenerational cycle of poverty.

Poverty is devastating for so many children and their families in our communities, impacting generation after generation as the cycle persists. Facts and figures abound on this topic. The goal of this documentary is to humanize those facts, turn numbers into the faces they represent, and empower community members with a trauma-informed lens in which to see and help those affected.

Join us Wednesday, April 26 to experience the inspiring promise of trauma-informed communities through a free screening of The Bridge: Pathways to a Trauma-Informed Community, presented by The Guidance Center.

Click here to watch the trailer and reserve your ticket.


Annual Client Holiday Party

client-holiday-party-websiteWe had so much fun celebrating with our clients and their families at our Annual Client Holiday Party. Holiday crafts were made, treats were enjoyed, faces were painted, and Santa even made an appearance! A special thank you to our amazing staff and board members for making it a truly special night for our clients. Happy Holidays!

See pictures from this year’s event here.

 Free Screening of Paper Tigers


On October 12, 2016, The Guidance Center invited the community to join us to experience the inspiring promise of Trauma-Informed Communities through the free screening of the documentary film, Paper Tigers.

Paper Tigers is a testament to what the latest developmental science is showing – that just one caring adult can help break the cycle of adversity in a young person’s life.

Together with Long Beach Unified School District (LBUSD), The Guidance Center recently launched a similar pilot program at Beach High School this year. Thank you to all who joined us for the powerful screening, the community plays a critical part in the success of the program and we look forward to sharing our progress with you as we move forward.



6th Annual Sunset Sip 
Celebrating 70 Years of Help and Hope

On September 10, 2016, we raised glasses to commemorate our 70th anniversary of The Guidance Center, and to continue to raise awareness around mental health.


Saturday, September 10th, 2016 • 6:30PM to 9:30PM
Museum of Latin American Art
628 Alamitos Avenue, Long Beach CA 90802
Event Host: Jim Fox, Los Angeles Kings Alumnus 

If you were unable to attend but would still like to donate, click HERE.

Make sure to check out our Sunset Sip Digital Tribute Book 2016 for event highlights, photos, sponsor messages, and more! See the Sunset Sip 2015 Digital Tribute Book here!




















untitled-design-4May is Mental Health Awareness Month! In recognition of this very important month, we celebrated and raised awareness by showcasing the talents of our clients at our 5th Annual Client Art Exhibit. This fun evening was filled with an informational talk on the benefits of Art Therapy and an interactive wing display that our clients painted so beautifully!

See pictures from this year’s event here. 





“Fear.  Obstacles.  Uncertainty.  Pride.  Confidence.  Hope.  These are the roller coaster of emotions I’ve been experiencing as I train for the Sean O’Brien 50K Trail Run on February 6, 2016.  Why did I say yes to a 31-mile mountain run with an elevation climb of 6,500 feet?”

Read the journey of our Executive Director Patricia Costales, LCSW below and why she decided to take on this challenge.

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Thank you to everyone who attended our San Pedro Clinic’s Open House on Wednesday, June 17.  We are so happy to be in this new space, and our San Pedro staff and clients are especially thrilled to call this new location home.  

We’d like to give a special shout out to Timothy, a former 19-year-old client, who chose to share his moving story during the open house.  And special thanks to the Children’s Benefit League who made a generous contribution to help fund our San Pedro Clinic’s play therapy room (pictured above).  Their continuous support of The Guidance Center is making a world of difference in our clients’ lives. 

More pictures here.