photo-oct-12-6-42-17-pmOn October 12th, we hosted a free film screening event to provide community members with an opportunity to experience the transformative power of the trauma-informed approach for themselves.

Nearly 150 people attended the screening of Paper Tigers, which follows six students’ life-changing journey at the first trauma-informed high school in the nation.


photo-oct-12-7-32-37-pmThrough diary camera footage and filmed interviews, viewers learned about each student’s adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), witnessed how staff helped them cope through unconditional love, and ultimately experienced how each student uniquely triumphed to excel in and outside of high school.

Steve Graner, M.S., Neurosequential Model in Education Project Director for The ChildTrauma Academy and developer of the evidence-based practices used to create our T.I.M.E. pilot program at Beach High School, was there to explain the science of NME as well as participate in a panel discussion after the film with T.I.M.E. program lead, Nathan Swaringen, LCSW, clinical therapist at The Guidance Center; and Britt Sexton, a teacher at Beach High School.



We want to say thank you to everyone who came out to support the movement! And, a special thanks to our friends that attended and helped spread the word, including:

The Guidance Center Board Members and Supporters

Luis Maimoni, MFT Intern, Board Member & Community Relations/PR Chair

Ana Perez, Board Vice Chair

Tim Sailor, Board Member & Fund Development Chair

Betsy Snare, The Guidance Center Supporter

Ed Walters, The Guidance Center Supporter

LBUSD Staff and Leadership

Troy Bennett, Beach High School Principal

Tiffany Brown, EdD, Assistant Superintendent of School Support Services

Diana Craighead, District 5 School Board Member

Megan Kerr, District 1 School Board Member

Jovanna Shummon, Port of Los Angeles High School Social Emotional Counselor

Local Nonprofit Agencies

CASA of Los Angeles


For the Child Long Beach

Long Beach Blast

Women Shelter of Long Beach