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Thomas’ Adopt-A-Family Story

When we think of the holiday season, many of us smile at the thought of spending time with family and friends, eating big meals, exchanging gifts, continuing family traditions and making new memories. For many of the families at The Guidance Center, the holidays can...

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Video Games: How They Impact Your Child’s Mental Health

If you are a parent in 2018, chances are your child has played Fortnite, has a PlayStation Plus account, or has downloaded apps online to play on their tablet and/or mobile device. Although allowing your child to play video-games may seem like a simple way to keep...

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It’s About T.I.M.E. Year Three Update, Pt. 2

This blog post is continued from It’s About T.I.M.E. Year Three Update Pt. 1. To read part one, click here. We’re thrilled to announce the expansion of our It’s About T.I.M.E. program to new schools and the addition of new team members. Read on to learn about the...

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It’s About T.I.M.E. Year Three Update, Pt. 1

I love my job! “Job” doesn’t even feel like the appropriate word to use here. More accurately, I’d say that I have the privilege of experiencing a mutual caring connection between so many different people every day that I come to work. Beach High School After two...

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Roll Call Mental Health Training Launch

This past year, The Guidance Center embarked on another exciting film project - this time partnering with Long Beach (LBPD) and Los Angeles Police (LAPD) Departments and Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) to develop a series of web-based trainings on...

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It’s Time to Amplify Survivors’ Voices

It could be happening to your neighbor or coworker, the person standing behind you in line to get coffee, or even the child playing next to yours on the playground. Domestic violence doesn’t discriminate against age, gender, sexual orientation, economic status, race,...

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Sunset Sip 2018: Be the Hero of Your Own Story

We put a call out to all local superheroes for Sunset Sip 2018, and what an incredible showing of superpowers we received last Saturday. We’re so incredibly grateful! More than 200 superheroes flocked to Hotel Maya, raised more than $170,000, exceeding funds raised in...

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Be the Hero of Your Own Story Explained, Pt. 4

Be the hero of your own story. Unleash your superpowers. That’s what Sunset Sip 2018 is all about. But, how do superheroes and superpowers connect to our mission at The Guidance Center? Last week, Patricia Costales, LCSW shared her perspective as a community mental...

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Be the Hero of Your Own Story Explained, Pt. 3

Be the hero of your own story. Unleash your superpowers. That’s what Sunset Sip 2018 is all about. But, how do superheroes and superpowers connect to our mission at The Guidance Center? Last week, Luis Maimoni, LMFT, provided insight into our theme from a board...

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Be the Hero of Your Own Story Explained Pt. 2

Be the hero of your own story. Unleash your superpowers. That’s what Sunset Sip 2018 is all about. But, how do superheroes and superpowers connect to our mission at The Guidance Center? Last week, San Pedro Clinical Therapist and Supervisor, Steven Frausto, LCSW,...

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Be the Hero of Your Own Story Explained Pt. 1

   Be the hero of your own story. Unleash your superpowers. That’s what Sunset Sip 2018 is all about. But, how do superheroes and superpowers connect to our mission at The Guidance Center? To help answer that question, we enlisted the help of Steven Frausto,...

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Back to School Tips for Teens

Para mirar el articulo en Español favor de continuar mas abajo de la pajina.It seemed like just yesterday, Annabelle was anxiously awaiting the final school bell to ring for summer vacation. Annabelle loves summer. She especially enjoys the break from school, having...

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Back To School Tips for Parents and Caregivers

...32 days 5 hours and 42 minutes! Are you counting down? Maybe counting down the days, hours and minutes until the chaos ends and you have your house back! Or are you counting down the hours until you have to give up the lazy days of summer, have to navigate the wake...

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Minority Mental Health Month

One in 5 children ages 13-18 have or will have a serious mental health condition, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). New data shows that depression has surpassed asthma as the number one health issue for U.S. youth. Unmet mental health needs...

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Reference Point: A Client Art Story

 “The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.”– AristotleEvery year, The Guidance Center hosts a private Client Art Exhibit for our clients and their family members as a way to showcase our client’s artistic...

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Reflections on My Trauma-Informed Journey

Nathan Swaringen, LCSW, clinical therapist and developer and lead of It's About T.I.M.E., traveled to Canada last week to attend and present at ChildTrauma Academy's 3rd International Neurosequential Model Symposium. He shares his experiences in this week's blog post....

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It’s About T.I.M.E. Program Update: Goodbye to Beach

  About this time, two years ago, I nervously sat across a rectangular table at Beach High School from principal Troy Bennett and three of his right-hand-women: the assistant principal, the school counselor, and a teacher trained in CCEJ’s Restorative Justice...

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Client Success Story: An Unexpected Collaboration

“Where can I possibly find a spider without buying it forever? I know I’m not going around digging under rocks during my lunch break.” These are the things you think about when you are a child therapist and it’s the end of your day and your mind is drifting from one...

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Summer Self-Care

The days are getting longer, the weather is warming up, and the school year is coming to an end. Summer is almost here! As a parent or caregiver, you’ve worked hard all year long to support your children in and outside of school. The end of the school year and change...

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