Child Guidance Center of Southern CT, Inc.

Helping Children. Healing Families. Since 1954

aka CGC   |   Stamford, CT   |  www.childguidancect.org

Mission

The Child Guidance Center of Southern Connecticut is dedicated to improving the mental and behavioral health of children and teens through treatment, education, and community support.

Ruling year info

1957

President and CEO

Eliot Brenner PhD

Main address

103 West Broad Street

Stamford, CT 06902 USA

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EIN

06-0712058

NTEE code info

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

Mental Health Treatment (F30)

Victims' Services (P62)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Intensive mental health services and supportive relationships can be instrumental in breaking cycles of abuse and neglect, poverty, low self image, and academic failure by helping children learn to make good choices as the foundation for a successful future. Becoming positive and productive community members' means that funds that would have otherwise been spent on law enforcement, prisons, and the judicial system can be redirected.

CGC's treatment programs serve children, birth to 18 years, who experience mental health problems that interfere with their daily functioning, threatening long-term development and their family's stability. Our clients live in Darien, Greenwich, New Canaan and Stamford. Children referred to CGC struggle with a range of psychiatric disorders and high-risk behaviors.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Child and Family Therapy (CFT)

The cornerstone of the Child Guidance Center, the Child and Family Therapy Program provides a broad range of professional mental health assessment and treatment services tailored to meet the individual needs of children and families referred under non-emergency circumstances. Children referred to this program struggle with a range of psychiatric disorders, disturbing symptoms, and problematic and sometimes high risk behaviors that interfere with daily functioning and threaten normal development. These may include anxiety, depression, obsessive thoughts, eating disorders, delinquent behavior, etc. Sometimes these problems are precipitated by difficult life circumstances such as divorce or death of a parent or loved one, a parent loosing his or her job, chronic or life threatening illness of the child or parent, etc. In all cases providing timely access to our services is essential to reduce suffering and help the child achieve in school and engage in healthy peer relationships, while fostering a supportive and loving family environment.

Population(s) Served

The MCIS program provides immediate mental health assessment and crisis stabilization services for children and adolescents experiencing serious psychiatric symptoms or severe reactions to a recent traumatic event. With a special focus on youth suicide prevention, our clinicians are available 365 days a year to stabilize emergencies at home, school, or anywhere in the community.

Population(s) Served

Our Child Advocacy Center provides a child-friendly environment in which children who have experienced physical abuse, sexual abuse, and neglect are interviewed for forensic purposes and connected with mental health, advocacy and medical services

Population(s) Served

Child First offers intensive, in-home parent/child therapy and care coordination focused on decreasing the harmful effects of trauma and deprivation on early development

Population(s) Served

System of Care helps families meet complex needs to access integrated services to safely maintain children at home and avoid the disruption of out-of-home placement.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Accreditations

American Psychological Association 2018

Affiliations & memberships

National Children's Alliance - Full Member

Enhanced Care Clinic 2007

Our results

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How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of clients served

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Totals By Year

Number of youth and families for whom a cultural inventory (e.g., cultural/ethnic identity, language, values, spiritual life, family traditions, gender and sexual identity issues, other relevant preferences, etc.) is completed and used to develop the treatment and support plan

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Number of therapy hours provided to clients

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Average length of stay (in months)

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Related Program

Child and Family Therapy (CFT)

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our clinicians serve children, ages three to 18, who struggle with a range a range of diagnoses, including depression, anxiety, developmental delays, and trauma. By providing a range of clinic-based diagnostic assessment and treatment services for children and adolescents, our clinicians strive to achieve the following goals: (1) reduce problems that interfere with daily functioning; (2) mitigate harmful effects of emotional problems and trauma on future development; and (3) increase parent confidence and competence in addressing the unique needs of their child

At the initial appointment, we conduct interviews with the child and parents to assess the child's development, family history, culture and environment. Developmental assessments and neuropsychological evaluations children clarify more complex diagnoses, delays and disabilities. After identifying the needs, the child, family and clinician collaborate in developing a comprehensive treatment plan that outlines a timeline of goals and objectives. The plan may include individual, group or family therapy, medication, or other specialized evidence-based treatments. CGC clinicians are active participants at regular meetings such as Planning and Placement Team meetings with school personnel, advocating for appropriate special education services and supports. To alleviate any stressors that may hinder a child's treatment progress, we may connect parents with a CGC case manager who assists families in accessing community resources to help with issues as employment, housing, addiction, or abuse.

CGC is the only Enhanced Care Clinic for children in the greater-Stamford area, providing treatment for the very young as well as high-risk teens. As the state's designated Mobile Crisis provider for Darien, Greenwich, New Canaan, and Stamford, our clinicians, trained in youth suicide and violence prevention conduct immediate phone and off-site assessments of calls transferred from the state 211 hotline. The powerful synergy created by multi-disciplinary teams of clinicians and supervisors ensures kids benefit from specialized clinical expertise, regular interaction with highly-trained staff, and coordinated services to address health, developmental, educational and social needs. Monitoring and follow-up ensures those with complex issues and victims of abuse and neglect receive timely and effective services. We are committed to ensuring that services are accessible for low income, un- and under-insured families, and to providing culturally and linguistically-appropriate support for our community, never turning away a family due to ability to pay.

CGC’s greatest accomplishment is our proven track record of helping children and families overcome the emotional and behavioral mental health problems that brought them to us. Our talented leadership, well-credentialed staff, and evidence-based programs assure that CGC provides the highest quality mental health services to our clients and their families. Our clinical psychology doctoral training program is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA). The program provides high quality training for students pursuing a PhD or PsyD in clinical psychology. APA Accreditation is a prestigious recognition of professional achievement, providing the assurance that an agency is committed to the highest standards in its professional psychology training.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Child Guidance Center of Southern CT, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 02/19/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Richard Ostuw

Laura Beck

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James Colica

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Richard Ostuw

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Anne Fountain

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Edward Rosenthal

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Margaret Deluca

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Timothy Collier

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Jennifer VanBelle

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Jay Sandak

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Charlesanna Ecker

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Jeff Nickell

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Jill Gordon

Ginny Ertl

Toddy Turrentine

Jamie Boris

Jutta Nemec

Patricia Toth

Ann Zucker

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes