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January 17th, 2019 7:30 PM. Thanks to our friends at The Bar Method Darien, all proceeds from this complementary class will be donated to The Child and Family Guidance Center. Email to reserve your spot! 


Friday, February 8, 2019: “Building Resilience in Our Children”:  a Speaker Breakfast with Dr. John Woodall,  at The Patterson Club. For Tickets:


For Immediate Release
The Child and Family Guidance Center Adds SMART Recovery to Adolescent Substance Abuse Treatment

Agency receives $10,000 grant from Connecticut Recovery Oriented Support System for Youth

Bridgeport, CT., September 27, 2018 – The Child and Family Guidance Center is adding SMART Recovery to its Turning Point Regional Adolescent Substance Abuse Program (TPRASA) in an ongoing effort to counter rising substance abuse rates in teens. The agency was awarded the $10,000 Connecticut Recovery Oriented Support System for Youth initiative grant in September, and is part of a network of recipients initiating the program this Fall.

“SMART Recovery is a natural fit in our Turning Point program, and now teens will have the funding for the kinds of group activities that support treatment progress and goals,” says Michael Patota, CEO/President of The Child and Family Guidance Center. TPRASA Director Donna Fletcher, LPC, LADC is thrilled to have the substance abuse program she has built since 2013 boosted this way. “I’m really excited for the kids and families to have these opportunities to meet regularly and participate in concrete, evidence based community  activities that will strengthen their recovery,” she says. “The SMART Recovery approach and curriculum focuses on strengths and pro-social skills building.  In addition, youth learn how to better cope with stress by regulating their emotions and thoughts.  Support for family members is also available through SMART Recovery.”

SMART RECOVERY uses a cognitive/behavioral methodology that emphasizes 4 areas of awareness and change:

(1) Enhancing motivation;

(2) Refusing to act on urges to use;

(3) Managing life’s problems in a sensible and effective way without substances; and

(4) Developing a positive, balanced, and healthy lifestyle.

The Turning Point Regional Adolescent Substance Abuse Program helps approximately 48 teens a year. information about the program is in this recent newsletter here:

About The Child and Family Guidance Center:

Since 1925, The Child and Family Guidance Center has helped children and families who struggle with mental health issues. Our 15 programs are structured around three pillars of service: Child and Youth Counseling Services, Youth in Crisis, and Family Support Services.  The mission of The Child & Family Guidance Center is to provide culturally informed mental health services and complementary supports to children, teenagers, and their families, regardless of their ability to pay. In Fiscal Year 2018, the center served more than 4,000 children and families, over 85% of whom were low income, and over 80% have experienced trauma. Our goal is for all Fairfield County children to be emotionally and psychologically healthy so that they can reach their maximum potential at home, at school and in life.  For more information, visit


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