Child Guidance Center, Inc.

Mental Health Matters

aka Child Guidance Center   |   Santa Ana, CA   |  https://www.childguidancecenteroc.org/

Mission

To empower children, youth, and families to reach their full potential through innovative mental health programs and services.

Notes from the nonprofit

The need for professional no-cost mental health treatment has reached a crisis point in our nation. Suicide is one the leading cause of death among teens. in 2021, the US Surgeon General has called youth mental health as critical public health priority due to the increased rates of suicide, depression, anxiety, self-harm, and eating disorders among youth.

Ruling year info

1968

Chief Executive Officer

Lori Pack

Main address

525 Cabrillo Park Drive Suite 300

Santa Ana, CA 92701 USA

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EIN

95-2546170

NTEE code info

Mental Health Treatment (F30)

Community Health Systems (E21)

Family Counseling, Marriage Counseling (P46)

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Mental Health Treatment Services for Children, Youth, Young Adults and Families

Since 1967, Child Guidance Center has provided comprehensive clinic-based and community-based mental health treatment services for children and families. Our services include including mental health evaluation and mental illness crisis intervention, individual, family and group cognitive therapy, psychological assessment, medication consultation and support, parenting education and workshops and training mental health providers. In addition, Child Guidance Center offers several innovative specialty mental health treatment services for children, teens, young adults and military-connected families - see below for more information. Strong Families, Strong Children is our program for veteran and military-connected families.

In 2020, Child Guidance Center provided care to over 4,500 children and family members. Services are offered to low-income families across the county of Orange, California with service locations in multiple city locations.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Family relationships
Social and economic status

This therapy model is for children with behavioral and emotional difficulties related to traumatic life events including loss and grief. With the help of the therapist and parent, children are able to process the traumatic event, allowing them to heal and move forward with their lives.

Population(s) Served
Non-adult children

The Strong Families, Strong Children program provides mental health, housing, domestic violence prevention, evaluation, legal and other critical needs supportive services for active duty, veteran and military connected families. Over 1,200 children and families have been served through this program since its founding in 2015. Staffed by Peer Navigators and Clinical Case Managers with lived military experience our team understands the unique challenges that military families may face. Strong Families, Strong Children also trains community service providers to better identify, engage and serve veterans and their families.

Population(s) Served
Families
Veterans

With collaboration and on-going training through UC Davis, our therapists offer this brief term coaching approach, proven to enhance parent-child relationships, improve child behavior and empower parents to use effective and consistent parenting strategies. Observing parent and child from behind a one-way mirror, the PCIT therapist coaches the parent through a wireless earpiece on how to handle behavioral issues immediately and at the moment they occur. This therapy is evidence-based and proven effective with children on the Autism Spectrum, with ADHD, Oppositional Defiance Disorder, other emotional and behavioral problems, and family issues/dynamics as well as sibling rivalry.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Caregivers

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) was initially developed in 1987 for the treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and is guided by the Adaptive Information Processing model (Shapiro 2007). Unlike other treatments that focus on directly altering the emotions, thoughts and responses resulting from traumatic experiences, EMDR therapy focuses directly on the memory, and is intended to change the way that the memory is stored in the brain, thus reducing and eliminating the problematic symptoms. EMDR therapy is used for clients and family members withing our Strong Families, Strong Children Program to relief symptoms of trauma.

Population(s) Served
Veterans
Children and youth
Caregivers
Families

We provide Parent-Child Care (PC-CARE) which is a 6 session dyadic treatment program for families that are interested in improving caregiver-child relationships and are willing to learn new child behavior management strategies. It serves families with children ages 1 to 10 years. A wide range of caregivers can participate, including biological parents, foster and kin caregivers, and adoptive caregivers. PC-CARE can be provided by mental health clinicians as a mental health intervention, and paraprofessionals as a prevention service.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Children and youth
Families
Foster and adoptive children
Parents

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

United Way Member Agency 2018

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Number of participants attending course/session/workshop

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

Mental Health Treatment Services for Children, Youth, Young Adults and Families

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of children with disabilities receiving early intervention services

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, Families, Non-adult children, At-risk youth, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Mental Health Treatment Services for Children, Youth, Young Adults and Families

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

We exist to ensure the most at-risk children in Orange County have access to professional, evidence-based, effective and compassionate mental health treatment that aligns with their unique mental health needs. We collaborate to improve mental health service access across the county, as well as develop new programs to address unique populations such as veteran and military-connected families.

We are a community based mental health provider for the most vulnerable populations in Orange County in need of mental health treatment; including children, teens, young adults, family members, as well as veteran and military-connected families. In addition, we partner and have formal collaborative partnerships with other community health and housing partners to increase the health equity in our county.

Capabilities include over 50 consecutive years of service as an essential health care provider, in partnership with County and State partners/funders. We are one of three leading providers of mental health treatment programs and services and the increased demand for mental health services has increased the need for our agency services. Our team of over 80+ licensed mental health clinicians including psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers and therapists are experts in the field of child and family mental health.

Our progress is the consistent delivery of life-saving and life-changing mental health treatment services for the most vulnerable populations in Orange County. SInce our founding in 1967, we have grown to become one of the largest providers of mental health services for low-income families in Orange County. In the past 6 years we have doubled our service delivery reaching over 4,200 children and families annually. The children we serve are significantly impacted by phsyical, sexual and emotional trauma, or are struggling with behavior or cognitive challenges, depression or anxiety.

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Child Guidance Center, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 08/11/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Josh Buttrey

Buttrey Financial - Northwestern Mutual

Term: 2018 - 2022

Joshua Buttrey

Buttrey Financial

James Ethell

Business Financial Consultant

Bruce Conn

California Equity & Loan

Sonja Krastman

Krastman Communications

Jennifer Jana

Dale E. Fowler School of Law

Caroline Hahn

Federal Public Defender

Lori Pack

Child Guidance Center

Addie Zinone

Press Forward

Elaine O'Rourke

Child Guidance Center

Lynn Casaletto

Business Owner

KaMala Thomas, Phd

Clinical Health Psychologist

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

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/18/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability