Our Fall Newsletter is scheduled to go live the week of Nov. 7. To get a sneak peak at what’s inside, check out the following article on one of our latest co-located partnerships!

cvc-logoThe Guidance Center is excited to announce our new partnership with Century Villages at Cabrillo, where we will be providing mental health services directly on-site for its residents.

Located in West Long Beach, Century Villages at Cabrillo (CVC) is a nonprofit community development organization that serves as the steward of the Villages at Cabrillo, with a vision of breaking the cycle of homelessness. In addition to property management, CVC provides affordable housing to low-income families, and offers supportive services which aim to empower residents, restore health and inspire hope.


Some of the families at CVC have received help at our Long Beach Clinic, but for others, there were barriers, such as transportation or childcare, that prevented them from getting treatment. Now, through this partnership, we will have two therapists placed on the CVC campus several times a week, eliminating those barriers by bringing the services directly to the residents.

Over the summer, our therapists have attended staff meetings, community events, back-to-school fairs, and parent meetings on the CVC campus in order to promote the new co-location services.  We are excited about the opportunities this new partnership provides and more importantly, how we can help these children and families toward a positive and productive future.

Local November Professional Workshops + Trainings

Nov. 2

9 AM – 12:30 PM

In Utero – The Impact of the Early Development on Life – FREE!

The Guidance Center, 1301 Pine Ave, Long Beach 90813

The first two hours will be a screening of the documentary film, IN UTERO, which will showcase enlightening and oftentimes poignant interviews with experts and pioneers. [No continuing education credit for watching the documentary.]

The 1.5 hour workshop following the screening focuses on the intergenerational transmission of trauma and the power of resiliency. The workshop will provide information on how environmental effects are passed down through the generations through our genes, making it scientifically plausible that a traumatic event that affected your grandma could leave a mark on your genes. In addition, clinicians will learn how to interrupt the intergenerational transmission and building resiliency in children and families.

Register: Please email training_rsvp@tgclb.org to register with your name, discipline, and license number (if applicable).

Nov. 5

10:30 AM – 12:30 AM

Healing Children Through Play: Experiential Play Therapy Model – FREE!

The Salvation Army Siemon Family and Youth Center, 7651 South Central Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90001

The Los Angeles Chapter of the California Association for Play Therapy invites you to join us at our next meeting and presentation: Healing Children Through Play: Experiential Play Therapy Model. Participants will become familiar with the concepts and theory of the experiential model, understand the implications of therapeutic play and the role of the clinician throughout the play process as the clinician implements interventions and promotes healing and resolution of presenting issues.

This workshop meets the qualifications for 1.5 hours of continuing education as required by the Association for Play Therapy (APT).

RSVP to: Licex Frausto at lacalapt@gmail.com


November Community Events

Nov. 3

5:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Vice Mayor Rex Richardson’s State of the 9th District: Engage, Empower, Revitalize

Michelle Obama Neighborhood Library, 5870 Atlantic Avenue, Long Beach, California 90805

Vice Mayor Rex Richardson invites the community to the State of the 9th District event to celebrate what the community has accomplished together over the last year and look ahead at what’s to come.

Nov. 4

6:30 PM – 9:30 PM

Art Exhibit: Creating Mindfulness – during First Fridays!

3910 Atlantic Ave, Long Beach 90807

Enter your artwork or attend! SoCalATA will be holding an art exhibition to showcase the artwork of Art Therapy Professionals, Students, and Friends at First Fridays in Long Beach. The theme will be Creating Mindfulness as the exhibit looks at how the art process reflects the many components of mindfulness. Please note this theme is not restrictive, and we encourage all submissions!

Nov. 5

1:00 PM – 4 PM

Friend Fest Fall 2016

Drake Park, 951 Maine Ave, Long Beach, California 90813

Get to know your neighbors better at this FREE community event. Festivities include live music, free raffle ticket drawing (prizes for adults and children), free arts and crafts projects, face-painting, and photobooth! Check out the Totally Free market area and pick up gently-used stuff; clothes, books, kitchen stuff, home decor, shoes, jackets, etc.

Nov. 5

5:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Third Annual Dia De Los Muertos Celebration hosted by First District Councilwoman Lena Gonzalez

Downtown Long Beach’s Pine Avenue between Sixth and Seventh Streets

The Long Beach Dia De Los Muertos event is one of Southern California’s leading celebrations recognizing this important cultural event. Festivities include a one-of-a-kind alter competition, live music, art displays and faces painting with traditional Dia de Los Muertos designs, local food vendors and community organizations. Be sure to stop by our table and say hi to The Guidance Center staff attending!

Nov. 12

9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Beach Streets

Festival starts at 4306 E Anaheim St, Long Beach, California 90804

Beach Streets opens streets up for walking, bicycling, and socializing by temporarily closing thoroughfares to automobile traffic. Known more generally as “Open Streets” events, similar events are now occurring across the world, and are a common way of pursuing innovative strategies to achieve environmental, social, economic, and public health goals.

Nov. 12

10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Immigration/Medical Enrollment Fair hosted by LBIRC & The Children’s Clinic

Admiral Kidd Park, 2125 Santa Fe Ave, Long Beach, CA 90810

LBIRC in partnership with The Children’s Clinic will offer enrollment services for these programs: Medi-Cal for DACA recipients, My HealthLA, Covered CA, and Health4All Kids. Free immigration consultations by an attorney will be available for any one that may have any questions. Email Maribel at mcruz@lbirc.org or cal (562) 204-6333 to make an appointment.

La Coalición de Derechos para los Inmigrantes de Long Beach en colaboración con The Children’s Clinic, estará inscribiendo a personas en seguros de salud: Medi-Cal para DACA, My Health LA, Covered CA y Health4All. Abogados de inmigración darán consultas gratis! Para ser su cita, contacte a Maribel al mcruz@lbirc.org o llame al (562) 204-6333.