The Bridge: Pathways to a Trauma-Informed Community

The Bridge: Pathways to a Trauma-Informed Community Trailer from The Guidance Center on Vimeo.

Through 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.

The documentary was produced by Emmy Award-winning filmmaker, Matthew Murray, and Patricia Costales, LCSW, CEO of The Guidance Center. Evan Barthelman was the cinematographer. The original score was written by Emmy Award-winning composer Matt Pavolaitis and Emmy Award-nominated Colleen Grace.


Selection Laurels 8-2018







Featured Spokespeople

Honorable Robert Garcia, EdD, Mayor of the City of Long Beach
Robert Luna, Police Chief for City of Long Beach
Kelly Colopy, MA, Director, Long Beach Health and Human Services
Tiffany Brown, EdD, Assistant Superintendent of Long Beach Unified School District
Elisa Nicholas, MD, MSPH, CEO of The Children’s Clinic
Giovanna Ferraro, City of Long Beach Human Relations Commission
Patricia Costales, LCSW, CEO of The Guidance Center
Nathan Swaringen, LCSW, Clinician at The Guidance Center
Wayne Herbst, Retired Dean of Students of Avalon School
Santa Dominguez, RN, MPH, Nurse at Catalina Island Medical Center
Enrique Dominguez, Pastor of Singing Waters Christian Center, Catalina



For all media inquiries, please contact Katherine Lambert at or (562) 485-3035.

Press Release: The Guidance Center Debuts Original Documentary, The Bridge: Pathways to a Trauma-Informed Community

Art with an Impact, Oct. 23, 2017: New Documentary Examines Relationship Between Poverty and Mental Health

Long Beach Post, Oct. 4, 2017: Documentary on Impact of Poverty on Mental Health to Screen at Awareness Film Festival

Long Beach Post, April 21, 2017: New Documentary Reveals Link Between Poverty and Mental Health

Signal Tribune, April 21, 2017: Locally Produced Documentary Aims to Inform About Poverty Cycle

Grunion Gazette, April 19, 2017: Guidance Center Produces Documentary on Effects of Poverty


Upcoming Screenings

LB Indie Film Festival 2018 Poster

Aug. 31, 2018 | 2:00 p.m. | Cinemark at the Pike

Long Beach Indie International Film Festival selected The Bridge: Pathways to a Trauma Informed Community to be screened at their 5th annual festival along with 150 other films from all over the globe.

Tickets on sale soon!








Past Screenings

AFlogond16Oct. 7, 2017  |  2:00 p.m.  |  L.A. LIVE

We are so honored that The Bridge: Pathways to a Trauma Informed Community was selected by Awareness Film Festival

The Awareness Film Festival is organized by Heal One World, a non-profit charity serving the community surrounding West Pico blvd in Los Angeles, California.

As well as serving as a fundraiser, the mission of the Awareness Film Festival is to inform and inspire audiences through a program of films on Ecological, Political, Health/Well Being and Spiritual topics. The festival spotlights film-makers committed to making positive change throughout the world.



The Bridge - Save the DateWednesday, April 26, the community joined us in experiencing 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.

Immediately following the screening, a panel discussion was held with some of the experts featured in the film.

Read our latest blog post here to catch the highlights from our debut screening and panel discussion.

Stay tuned for announcements of future screenings!