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Building Strong Relationships to Impact Change

Building Strong Relationships to Impact Change

Three years ago, The Guidance Center and Educare of Los Angeles at Long Beach Unified School District partnered together to have a Mental Health Clinician and Consultant on-site to address and assess the needs of children and families that were at risk for mental...

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Minority Mental Health Month:  Thoughts From Our Staff

Minority Mental Health Month: Thoughts From Our Staff

This July, during Minority Mental Health Month, we continue to raise awareness about the mental health experiences of underserved and underrepresented communities. We reached out to our diverse staff who identify as BIPOC (black, indigenous and/or people of color) and...

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Minority Mental Health Awareness Month

Minority Mental Health Awareness Month

One in six U.S. children between the ages of 6 and 17 has a treatable mental health disorder such as depression, anxiety problems or attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), according to a 2016 National Survey of Children's Health data published online in JAMA...

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Understanding the Signs of PTSD

Understanding the Signs of PTSD

Quinta was a 4-year-old girl who entered treatment when her mom noticed her reluctance to play with other children at school. Quinta was severely shy, had nightmares almost every night, and would often “zone out” at home. People often associate the term “PTSD” with...

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Public Safety Clinician Program Update

Public Safety Clinician Program Update

Transitioning from Jail to Shelter: A Therapist’s Experience Since 2018, I have served as the Public Safety Clinician in the Long Beach City Jail. In the midst of the pandemic, I was temporarily reassigned to three different shelters to provide mental health services...

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10 Fun Tips on Keeping Kids Busy This Summer

10 Fun Tips on Keeping Kids Busy This Summer

As summer approaches and more things open up as COVID19 restrictions ease, many parents are anxious about what activities and outings they can do safely with their children. Rather than thinking of summer as a stressful time, planning ahead can make summer an...

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A Deeper Dive Into Pride

A Deeper Dive Into Pride

“See me for me. Not for my labels or for the expectations you have created for me. See me for my joy, for the love I want to shower the world with, for the opportunity to see me shine bright, brighter than the sun, than the moon, than the stars. Dive in deeper to...

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First Response Mental Health Training Launch

First Response Mental Health Training Launch

The Guidance Center launched another exciting film project -- this time partnering with the Los Angeles Area Regional Training Group (LAARTG), Los Angeles Area Fire Chief Association (LAAFCA) and Long Beach Fire Department (LBFD) to develop a series of web-based...

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Learn About AAPI Month with The Guidance Center

Learn About AAPI Month with The Guidance Center

Along with Mental Health Awareness Month, May is also AAPI month. AAPI stands for Asian American and Pacific Islander, which according to asianpacificheritage.gov is “a rather broad term” that encompasses all of the Asian continent and the Pacific islands of...

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5 Ways to Manage Anxieties of the World Reopening

5 Ways to Manage Anxieties of the World Reopening

It feels like just yesterday we were told we would be working and studying from home for what was supposed to be two weeks.  Those two weeks quickly turned into a year.  A year that has had a global impact that has created difficulties for many, if not all of us. ...

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Encouragement for Parents

Encouragement for Parents

"As mental health providers, we work alongside parents to strengthen relationships and mitigate the cycles of abuse that are often passed down from one generation to the next, and bring hope and healing to traumatic experiences."  April is National Child Abuse...

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Three A’s of Autism: Awareness, Acceptance and Action

Three A’s of Autism: Awareness, Acceptance and Action

April is Autism Awareness Month, and April 2nd is World Autism Awareness Day. In honor of this, Courtney Corniuk, AMFT, a Clinical Therapist in our Outpatient Program put together the three A’s of autism: awareness, acceptance and action. This blog is to help minimize...

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Hope from CEO on COVID-19 One Year Anniversary

Hope from CEO on COVID-19 One Year Anniversary

    Hello everybody I'm Tricia Costales the Chief Executive Officer of The Guidance Center. When I last spoke directly to you about the COVID-19 pandemic, we were newly under the Safer at Home orders and reeling quite a bit with anxiety about what might...

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It’s About T.I.M.E. Year 6 Update, PT. 2

It’s About T.I.M.E. Year 6 Update, PT. 2

The year is 2021—March 2021 to be exact. As I grab my backpack and mask, I head out to an empty school with a few teachers and school administration. I reside in my office, open up my laptop and hope I didn’t leave my headphones in the car.  “I never would have...

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It’s About T.I.M.E. Year 6 Update, PT. 1

It’s About T.I.M.E. Year 6 Update, PT. 1

“I'm not exactly [sure] where to begin to explain the depth of knowledge [and] inspiration that's come from having someone like Nathan, with the skill [and] passion for trauma informed practices at Lakewood. He [and] his influence on student [and] staff growth has not...

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We love Social Workers

We love Social Workers

It's National Social Worker Month! And we want to take this opportunity to say thank you to all those who work incredibly hard in this field. Social workers do much for their clients, always going above and beyond to meet their needs and help them in their journey...

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