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CFGC to host ‘conflict navigator’ Daryl Davis for community conversation in September  

Farmers Insurance®, The DiNardo-Aiello Charitable Fund, Hi-Ho Petroleum and R.D. Scinto sponsor community conversation. Click here for available sponsorship opportunities. 

July 2021

Daryl Davis, renowned conflict navigator will speak at a CFGC series in SeptemberAs the country continues to grapple with complex issues of racism, inequality and deepening political and civil unrest, The Child & Family Guidance Center is hosting a community-wide conversation aimed at both addressing these topics and bridging divides.  

On Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2021, The Child & Family Guidance Center (CFGC) — a nonprofit providing mental health treatment and support services to Fairfield County children, teens and families — will host a community conversation focused on encouraging civil discourse and meaningful change.  CFGC’s inaugural Back to School Breakfast Lecture will feature renowned author, musician and activist Daryl Davis giving his presentation: “Civil Conversations to Ignite Positive Change.” Davis is a conflict navigator whose award-winning documentary, Accidental Courtesy, chronicles his jaw-dropping experiences with members of the Ku Klux Klan and other white supremacist groups.   

Daryl’s message — recently featured in Nicholas Kristof’s New York Times column — is one that resonates with the work and mission of CFGC, according to President and CEO Michael Patota.  

“As a mental health organization, we know that healing and growth  is possible through conversation and introspection,” Patota said. “Additionally, with more than half of those we serve identifying as people of color, we see, firsthand, the generational traumas and barriers our families so often encounter. 

“Mr. Davis’ thought-provoking presentation is an opportunity to bring these topics to light and for each of us to recognize new perspectives and learn new strategies to  engage others in difficult conversations,” Patota said.  

Davis, with his remarkable experiences and reputation as a “Klan Whisperer,” will provide practical tools everyone can employ in the workplace, with friends and at the family dinner table. An acclaimed blues and boogie musician, Davis will end his presentation with a special musical performance and an audience Q&A.  

Event details: 

CFGC’s Back to School Breakfast Lecture with Daryl Davis, Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2021, will be held in-person at 3 Corporate Drive, Scinto Auditorium, in Shelton from 8:30-10:30 a.m. This event will be livestreamed for those who prefer to attend virtually. In-person tickets are limited. Tickets on sale now at the event registration page.  

Sponsorship opportunities available: All organizations are invited to participate at the sponsorship level. Sponsors at CFGC’s top tiers will meet Mr. Davis at a private breakfast before the public lecture. Sponsors also make it possible for CFGC to select additional nonprofit staff and leaders to attend the virtual presentation, at no charge.  Sponsorship details and opportunities can be found by visiting the event registration page or calling Director of Development & Communications Kate Czaplinski at 203-394-6529 Ext. 3069.   Download our sponsorship packet here.

Thank you to our Back to School Lecture Series sponsors: 

Champion – Farmers Insurance®

Partner: DiNardo-Aiello Charitable Fund c/o Peter DiNardo Enterprises

Friend: Hi-Ho Petroleum 

Host Sponsor –  R.D. Scinto, Inc. 

 

DONATION OR MEDIA INQUIRIES 

Thank you for your interest in The Child and Family Guidance Center.  For  inquiries, please contact Kate Czaplinski, Director of Development and Communications at kczaplinski@cfguidance.org or by calling (203)394-6529 x3069. Familiarize yourself with our Programs and About sections to learn more about our work. We look forward to sharing our story with you. 

Newsletter

 

Thanks to the amazing support in our community,  2021’s Fairfield County’s Giving Day was a record-breaking success! We raised nearly $15,000 from 97 generous donors in just 24 hours! Giving Day is always a great way to raise awareness and much needed funds for the essential mental health programs families and children in our communities so urgently needed. We thank The Fairfield County Community Foundation for powering this day of philanthropy throughout our county. 

 

PRESS RELEASES

A New Season, Renewed Hope at CFGC

May 2021 

Dear friend and supporter, 

It’s spring: more than a year since the world changed in ways we couldn’t imagine. Despite the difficulties and losses we have all faced, we are filled with a sense of renewed hope in this new season.

Here at The Child & Family Guidance Center, the generosity of our donors this past year helped thousands of children and families receive support and treatment through their darkest, most challenging times. Since March 2020, CFGC has provided more than 35,000 telehealth sessions, ongoing delivery of emergency supplies to families, and thousands of in-person sessions and services to those most in need.

All thanks to our incredible community of donors.

 Now, as a hopeful, cautious normalcy returns, we understand more than ever that meaningful recovery is a process.

The impact of the past year, particularly on the mental health of our children, can’t be treated or erased with vaccines. And, for so many of the families we serve, the past year merely amplified the inequities and financial and emotional challenges they already faced.

This is the time for all of us to recommit to helping kids and families find healing and hope.

Your gift means:

  • No family is ever turned away from services based on their ability to pay.
  • Children receive expert, best-practice treatment to heal from complex trauma — like abuse, community violence and cultural dislocation.
  • People of color have access to culturally responsive care. CFGC works to remove barriers that many minorities face in accessing care. This includes recruiting a diverse, bilingual/bicultural team.
  • Families can create stronger support systems. Our Behavioral Health and Family Support Units work closely together, providing coordination of services to help a family achieve long-term success through education, care management and building up support systems.

Today, we ask for your recommitment to this crucial work and the recovery that lies ahead for so many.

Please support our Spring Appeal by donating through CFGC’s secure online portal. 

Thank you to all who have given during this challenging year. You continue to make hope and healing possible.

In gratitude and health,

Michael Patota, President & CEO

Dana Scinto, Board Chair

 

CFGC President & CEO joins senator, father in discussing COVID-19's mental health impact on children and teens

CFGC President & CEO Michael Patota, state Sen. Tony Hwang and Fairfield father Jim KuczoMarch 8, 2021 

Connecticut Sen. Tony Hwang invited CFGC President & CEO Michael Patota to join him and Fairfield father Jim Kuczo March 8 to discuss the impact of COVID-19’s isolation on adolescents and the importance of in-person learning.  Jim’s 17 year-old son took his life in February after battling with depression. Jim is now advocating for all districts to return to in-person learning. 

“There is a mental health tsunami coming and we need to address it,” Kuzco said. 

CFGC’s Michael Patota spoke to the importance of identifying children in need of mental haelth support through the school system.  

“Having kids come back to schools will not only reduce the levels of isolation kids are experiencing but also to have professionals teachers, administrators, social workers, psychologists assess and keep an eye on kids and be able to refer them as needed. I think that’s invaluable. What we’ve seen is kids who are remote learning, many of them are going under the radar and not getting the help they need.” 

For more on this conversation, see News12CT’s coverage here Find more on our Facebook page. 

If your child is experiencing a mental health emergency, dial 211 to be connected with our Mobile Crisis Intervention Services. 

For mental health services for your child or teen, call The Child & Family Guidance Center at 203-394-6529. 

To talk anytime, call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 800-273-8255 

Housatonic Community College Signs Agreement with The Child & Family Guidance Center

Collaborative partnership facilitates educational opportunities for at-risk youth and families.

BRIDGEPORT, CT (February 4, 2021) – Housatonic Community College (HCC) is pleased to announce a new collaboration with The Child & Family Guidance Center (CFGC). With social distancing and a virtual audience, an agreement was signed yesterday at the college formalizing the partnership that will facilitate educational opportunities for at-risk youth and their families.

The collaboration is part of a priority by the college to initiate, develop and sustain effective partnerships with area businesses, community organizations, and key stakeholders in the region. By creating opportunities to work directly with these entities, HCC is expanding access to education for those that live and work throughout southwestern Connecticut.

“Housatonic cares deeply about the communities it serves, and by cultivating community-campus partnerships, we can better meet their specific needs. By working side-by-side with organizations such as The Child & Family Guidance Center, we are developing innovative pathways for entry into higher education, and strengthening our entire region,” said Dwayne Smith, Ph.D., HCC Chief Executive Officer.

The partnership between HCC and CFGC forges an educational pathway that includes presenting admissions and financial aid information to CFGC program participants, providing a liaison to guide CFGC families through the college admissions process for a gentle transition into higher education, and connecting CFGC families to HCC’s ‘wraparound’ services such as tutoring, counseling, and other non-instructional services.

Through the agreement, CFGC, which provides culturally-informed mental health care and complementary supports to vulnerable children and their families, will provide home visiting presentations and resources to HCC students and childcare staff. Eligible HCC students will also have access to resources available through CFGC’s continuum of care.

“The success and well-being of children and families in Greater Bridgeport depends on many factors — including, importantly, education,” said CFGC President & CEO Michael Patota. “Connecting our youth to resources and opportunities at Housatonic Community College is invaluable to building a stronger community, overall, and we know our services and care management can be a benefit to HCC students who may need additional support to reach their goals.”

To learn more about Housatonic Community College visit housatonic.edu and visit cfguidance.com to learn more about The Child & Family Guidance Center.

 

The Compass Guide: Fall 2020 newsletter highlights community impact, stories of resilience

OCTOBER 15, 2020

A MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT AND CEO MICHAEL PATOTA:

Fall 2020 has certainly deepened the stress and uncertainties many children and families experience this time of year, but — as our work at The Child & Family Guidance Center shows — it is also creating opportunities for new connections and fresh starts.

I am thrilled to share with you our Fall 2020 Compass Guide Newsletter. Despite the challenges of these last several months, the stories within this newsletter demonstrate the dedication and commitment of our staff, board members and of community supporters.

Our staff have provided more than 15,000 telemental health sessions to children and families in Fairfield County’s most vulnerable communities — many of whom are also coping with past trauma, social strife and poverty.  We have also started a planful rollout of in-person supports through our Family Services and programs like our Mobile Crisis Intervention Services (MCIS).

As you will see in our Compass Guide Newsletter, it takes a community – you, our staff, our children and families – achieving together what alone, no one could do.

Thank you to our community of supporters for helping us give Fairfield County’s children and families with the tools to not only overcome trauma but to thrive through this season of change and uncertainty.

Michael Patota, President & CEO

If you would like to make a gift to support our mission, please visit for our online donation page.

MEDIA INQUIRIES

Thank you for your interest in The Child and Family Guidance Center. Protecting our clients’ privacy is at the heart of all our communications guidelines. For media inquiries, please contact Kate Czaplinski, Director of Development and Communications at kczaplinski@cfguidance.org or by calling (203)394-6529 x3069. We urge you to also familiarize yourself with our Programs and About sections before making your inquiry. We look forward to sharing our story with you.

 

 

 

Going Miles for Mental Health Virtual Walk Sponsored by Farmers Insurance®

October 2020

The Child & Family Guidance Center (CFGC) is asking Fairfield County communities to hit the pavement, trail or treadmill for a new, virtual fundraiser.

CFGC —providing trauma-informed mental health care and complementary supports to children and families — is hosting Going Miles for Mental Health: A Virtual Walk, in honor of World Mental Health Day on Oct. 10.

Between Oct. 1-31, participants can sign up and start a free peer-to-peer fundraising page, register as a One-time Walker for a $25 donation, or become a Going Miles Sponsor for $250. Participants choose when and where to walk during the month. All proceeds support CFGC’s services and help raise awareness about growing mental health needs of children.

“COVID-19 has deepened social strife, food insecurity and poverty in the communities we serve,” CFGC President and CEO Michael Patota said. “Now, more than ever, children and families need the tools to heal from trauma and navigate complex challenges.”

This community-wide event is made possible by the generous support of Farmers Insurance®.

“Corporate allies like Farmers Insurance strengthen our mission to improve the emotional and psychological wellbeing of children and their families,” Patota said. “We are grateful Farmers® is supporting our first virtual fund-raising and awareness-building event.”

Since mid-March, CFGC has provided over 15,000 telehealth sessions for families in the Greater Bridgeport and Greater Norwalk areas. This fall, in-person care has resumed through the organization’s Family Support Services and programs like Mobile Crisis Intervention Services (MCIS).

To join Going Miles for Mental Health, visit https://cfgc.salsalabs.org/milesformentalhealth2020/index.html 

Participants are encouraged to spread awareness by sharing their walking photos on social media with hashtag #CFGCMilesforMentalHealth. Tag @CFGuidance on Facebook or Instagram to be featured on the organization’s social media.  

 

THE CHILD & FAMILY GUIDANCE CENTER RECEIVES FUNDING TO CONTINUE SERVICES DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Hannah Albee, Director of Development and Communications

The Child & Family Guidance Center

(203)394-6529 x3069 halbee@cfguidance.org

THE CHILD & FAMILY GUIDANCE CENTER RECEIVES FUNDING TO CONTINUE SERVICES DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC

Bridgeport, CT., April 22, 2020 – The Child & Family Guidance Center. The Child & Family Guidance Center, (CFGC), has actively put in place swift and dramatic measures to ensure the safety of their workforce and community while continuing essential services to the most needy families. Key to making this possible has been a generous $25,000 grant from The Fairfield County’s Community Fund, and a $10,000 grant from Near & Far Aid to provide telehealth services, deep cleaning and hygiene services as well as general support for continuation of services during the COVID-19 crisis.

“After putting into place early protocols to keep our staff and clients safe in our Bridgeport, Stratford and Norwalk locations in addition to the communities where we serve, it was evident by March 17th that we had to look very differently at how to continue services to families and kids,” said CEO/President Michael Patota referring to the agency’s response to coronavirus safe social distancing measures, and Governor Ned Lamont’s Stay Home Stay Safe directive. CFGC provides clinical mental healthcare in outpatient and in-home settings, including case management services for families who live in or close to the federal poverty level. In many instances, families are referred to the agency by the Department of Children and Families for intervention and prevention of abuse, neglect and juvenile justice involvement.

“We are an essential service and our front line workers are in the communities, helping parents learn safe, nurturing skills to raise emotionally healthy children. Many of the kids who come to us for treatment have acute mental health and medication management needs,” he added. After a mandate by DCF to cease in- person services on March 17th, the agency created an unprecedented departure from usual operations, equipping its approximate 100 clinicians and case managers with software and hardware necessary for remote, video conference telehealth appointments with their clients.

“Without the generosity of our philanthropic partners, Fairfield County’s Community Foundation and Near & Far Aid, this investment would not have been sustainable,” Mr. Patota said. “Their quick response to the needs in the community have been – without exaggeration – lifesaving.”

He also noted the dedication of his team during what has been uncharted and uncertain times. “We have all been concerned about the health and welfare of our clients, one another, and our own families. In the midst of all this anxiety and confusion, I’ve been profoundly moved by the “all-hands-on-deck” and professionalism throughout the agency. Our technology, clinicians, case managers, administrative, and facilities management teams have stepped up to do what it takes to make these dramatic changes happen for the most at risk families. “

About The Child & Family Guidance Center:

Since 1925, The Child & Family Guidance Center has helped children and families who struggle with mental health issues. Our 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. Our goal is for all Fairfield County children to be emotionally and psychologically healthy.

THE CHILD & FAMILY GUIDANCE CENTER RECEIVES FUNDING TO CONTINUE SERVICES DURING COVID-19

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Hannah Albee, Director of Development and Communications

The Child & Family Guidance Center

(203)394-6529 x3069 halbee@cfguidance.org

THE CHILD & FAMILY GUIDANCE CENTER RECEIVES FUNDING TO CONTINUE SERVICES DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC

Bridgeport, CT., April 22, 2020 – The Child & Family Guidance Center. The Child & Family Guidance Center, (CFGC), has actively put in place swift and dramatic measures to ensure the safety of their workforce and community while continuing essential services to the most needy families. Key to making this possible has been a generous $25,000 grant from The Fairfield County’s Community Fund, and a $10,000 grant from Near & Far Aid to provide telehealth services, deep cleaning and hygiene services as well as general support for continuation of services during the COVID-19 crisis.

“After putting into place early protocols to keep our staff and clients safe in our Bridgeport, Stratford and Norwalk locations in addition to the communities where we serve, it was evident by March 17th that we had to look very differently at how to continue services to families and kids,” said CEO/President Michael Patota referring to the agency’s response to coronavirus safe social distancing measures, and Governor Ned Lamont’s Stay Home Stay Safe directive. CFGC provides clinical mental healthcare in outpatient and in-home settings, including case management services for families who live in or close to the federal poverty level. In many instances, families are referred to the agency by the Department of Children and Families for intervention and prevention of abuse, neglect and juvenile justice involvement.

“We are an essential service and our front line workers are in the communities, helping parents learn safe, nurturing skills to raise emotionally healthy children. Many of the kids who come to us for treatment have acute mental health and medication management needs,” he added. After a mandate by DCF to cease in- person services on March 17th, the agency created an unprecedented departure from usual operations, equipping its approximate 100 clinicians and case managers with software and hardware necessary for remote, video conference telehealth appointments with their clients.

“Without the generosity of our philanthropic partners, Fairfield County’s Community Foundation and Near & Far Aid, this investment would not have been sustainable,” Mr. Patota said. “Their quick response to the needs in the community have been – without exaggeration – lifesaving.”

He also noted the dedication of his team during what has been uncharted and uncertain times. “We have all been concerned about the health and welfare of our clients, one another, and our own families. In the midst of all this anxiety and confusion, I’ve been profoundly moved by the “all-hands-on-deck” and professionalism throughout the agency. Our technology, clinicians, case managers, administrative, and facilities management teams have stepped up to do what it takes to make these dramatic changes happen for the most at risk families. “

About The Child & Family Guidance Center:

Since 1925, The Child & Family Guidance Center has helped children and families who struggle with mental health issues. Our 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. Our goal is for all Fairfield County children to be emotionally and psychologically healthy.

THE CHILD & FAMILY GUIDANCE CENTER CORONAVIRUS DISEASE 2019 (COVID-19) ADVISORY INFORMATION

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Hannah Albee, Director of Development and Communications

The Child & Family Guidance Center

(203)394-6529 x3069

halbee@cfguidance.org

 THE CHILD & FAMILY GUIDANCE CENTER CORONAVIRUS DISEASE 2019 (COVID-19) ADVISORY INFORMATION

 Bridgeport, CT., March 9, 2020 – The Child & Family Guidance Center  The Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is spreading globally and we can expect to see more cases throughout Connecticut. COVID-19 is an emerging disease and there is more to learn about its transmission, severity, and how it will take shape in the United States. The Child & Family Guidance Center does NOT have any reported cases of the COVID-19 virus at this time.

The Child & Family Guidance Center is actively engaged with our local partners at the City of Bridgeport Department of Health and Social Services as needs for community engagement efforts arise. “In consultation with our Medical Director and following CDC Guidelines, we are focusing on how to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and to be prepared. Our community has a large population of those who are vulnerable or lack access to affordable healthcare. COVID-19 is known to cause more severe illnesses in those who have underlying medical conditions, therefore we want to especially be cautious. We are acting with specific proactive measures to lessen the impact,” says CEO/President Michael Patota. Guy Bocchino, Director of Human Resources says, “On March 5, 2020 we instituted and communicated to all staff that they stay home or will be sent home if they are experiencing any signs of common colds, flu, and other illness under specific guidance from our Medical Director Cay White, MD.” The internal policy stipulates that all “Employees who have symptoms of acute respiratory illness are to stay home and not come to work until they are free of fever (100.4° F [37.8° C] or greater using an oral thermometer), signs of a fever, and any other symptoms for at least 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing or other symptom-altering medicines (e.g. cough suppressants). This policy is extended to our clinical and case management personnel who work outside our Outpatient Clinic and in family’s homes and schools.”

 

On March 5, 2020 all employees were provided with individual hand sanitizers, and informational signs were posted throughout our clinic offices and waiting rooms to encourage best hygiene practices.  At this time we are not caring for any clients who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and there are no confirmed cases among our staff of 120. The Child & Family Guidance Center is committed to doing all we can to care for our community and to keep everyone informed. The agency urges our community to be familiar with CDC recommended prevention and response actions that are listed on their website at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/index.html

 

About The Child & Family Guidance Center:

Since 1925, The Child & Family Guidance Center has helped children and families who struggle with mental health issues. Our 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. 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 www.cfguidance.org

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE "Champions for Children” Gala Returns to Benefit The Child and Family Guidance Center

Bridgeport, CT., April 26th, 2019 – The Child and Family Guidance Center will host the return of its Champions for Children Benefit Cocktail Gala on May 30th at The Shorehaven Golf Club in Norwalk, CT. Tickets and information can be found on the Media and Events page at www.cfguidance.org or by calling 203-394-6529 ext. 3069.

With offices in Bridgeport, Stratford and Norwalk, The Child and Family Guidance Center provides children’s mental healthcare and complementary support services throughout Fairfield County. The benefit will fund crucial programs and operations that are challenged by stagnating government grant sources and a rise in demand for services.

The event honors retiring Board member Ann Owens who has served on the Center’s Board of Directors since the early 2000s. “We’ve been exceptionally fortunate to have had Ann’s steady leadership through the years, and the Board is excited to have this opportunity to acknowledge her service to the children and families of Greater Bridgeport,” said Board of Directors Chairperson Dana Scinto. Mrs. Owens is s life-long resident of Bridgeport, retired teacher, mother, grandmother, and wife of the late Honorable Howard T. Owens.

Connecticut’s Attorney General William Tong will be in attendance as the Center’s Special Guest Honoree and Speaker.“Our staff and Board of Directors are thrilled that Attorney General Tong will be with us to celebrate our vision that all children in Fairfield County will be emotionally and psychologically healthy so that they can reach their maximum potential at home, at school and in life,” said President/CEO Michael Patota.

Guests will have a chance to learn more about The Child and Family Guidance Center from Board Members, clinicians, staff, and a former participant in one of their parenting programs. The event will feature a silent auction, hearty appetizers, and fun cocktails. General and VIP Tickets and Sponsorships start at $125.00.

The special fundraising gala is made possible thanks to generous sponsoring organizations, event in-kind gift partners, silent auction donors, and a growing number of individual supporters. R.D. Scinto Corporation has generously stepped up once again as a Winners Circle Sponsor, and Shorehaven Golf Club is providing generous in-kind sponsorship of its facility. “The generosity of local corporate and business neighbors such as R.D. Scinto, Pullman and Colmey, and Shorehaven Golf Club goes a long way toward funding the work we do, and it gives our growing community of donors a chance to come together to support they cause they care so much about,” said Director of Development and Communications Hannah Albee. Tickets, Sponsorship information, silent auction donation forms, and journal ad forms are available and can be found on the event web page or by contacting Ms. Albee at (203) 394-6529 x3069.

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 14 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 80% of whom were low income, and over 80% had 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 www.cfguidance.org

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The Child & Family Guidance Center to Host the Ackerman Institute for the Family at Housatonic Community College. The “Strengthening Relationships, Strengthening Communities” conference focuses on Cultural Humility for Mental Health Workers
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Bridgeport, CT., Oct. 7, 2019 – The Child & Family Guidance Center will host the Ackerman Institute for the Family on Friday, Nov. 1 for a one day conference at Housatonic Community College. Information and registration can be found on line at https://cfgc.salsalabs.org/strengthen/index.html or by calling (203) 394-6529 ext. 3069.

The conference will immerse mental health workers in a collaborative, socially just approach to working with families. Gisselle Acevedo, CEO of Ackerman will join Ackerman family therapists Catherine Lewis, LCSW and Silvia Espinal, LCSW who will use video of live family therapy sessions to highlight ideas from family systems theory and the Ackerman Relational Approach (ARA). A focus on the multiple factors that contribute to a family’s struggles and in the therapeutic relationship will be explored, with special emphasis on how systems of oppression, immigration and racism impact the mental health of a family.

The idea of the conference was the brainchild of Mr. Ken Lacilla, and Mr. Jonathan Spears at The Child & Family Guidance Center. Mr. Lacilla, LCSW is the center’s Unit Director, Outpatient & Mobile Crisis Services. Jonathan Spears, LCSW is a Senior Supervisor and therapist at the center. “We’re excited to welcome the Ackerman Institute to Connecticut,” Mr. Lacilla said. “Their conference curriculum encourages therapists to think about how contextual factors and social inequalities contribute to presenting problems, while providing practical interventions therapists can use in the room with their clients.”

“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,” said Michael Patota, CEO/President at The Child & Family Guidance Center. “With this conference we’ll be focusing on that goal through developing essentials skills that help strengthen families and their community.” Masters level mental health professionals can earn 5 C.E.C.s that fulfill Cultural Competence licensure requirements. The cost of the one day program is $150 and includes breakfast and lunch. Parking is available without cost at Housatonic Community College.

Fairfield County’s Community Foundation Center’s Fund for Women and Girls is sponsoring a portion of the cost of attendance for clinicians in need of financial assistance. Frankie’s Diner will cater the event, and is sponsoring a portion of the cost of breakfast and lunch. “We’re grateful for the generosity of our local philanthropic community that makes this possible for mental health workers, especially in agencies like ours where funding for professional development can be challenging,” said Mr. Patota.

About The Child & Family Guidance Center: Since 1925, The Child & Family Guidance Center has helped children and families who struggle with mental health issues. 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. 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 www.cfguidance.org
About the Ackerman Institute for the Family: Founded in 1960, the Ackerman Institute for the Family is one of the premier institutions for family therapy and one of the best-known and most highly regarded training facilities for family therapists in the United States. For more information, visit www.ackerman.org.

The Child and Family Guidance Center to host “Building Resilience in Our Children” with guest speaker Dr. John Woodall

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Child and Family Guidance Center to host “Building Resilience in Our Children” with guest speaker Dr. John Woodall

Speaker-Breakfast at The Patterson Club will focus on strategies for parents and caregivers

Bridgeport, CT., December 17, 2018 – The Child and Family Guidance Center will host resiliency expert and psychiatrist Dr. John Woodall at The Patterson Club in Fairfield, CT on Friday morning, February 8. The Patterson Club will begin serving a full breakfast buffet at 7:30. Tickets and more information can be found at https://cfgc.salsalabs.org/galacopy1copy1/index.html or by going to The Child and Family Guidance Center’s News and Events page at www.cfguidance.org.

Dr. Woodall’s presentation will be geared toward helping parents develop emotional resiliency in children. He will also be offering a series of short videos so that participants can continue to develop their own strengths and connections with the young people in they care for.

“We’re grateful for Dr. Woodall’s profound expertise and commitment to strengthening families,” said Michael Patota, CEO/President at The Child and Family Guidance Center.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 so we are excited for Dr. Woodall’s presentation.

 Tickets are on sale now for $50.00 and will cover both the cost of a delicious breakfast catered by The Paterson Club, and support the The Child and Family Guidance Center. “In addition to our sincere appreciation for Dr. Woodall’s gift of time and skill, we are grateful to The Patterson Club for opening up their beautiful country club event space.” Mr. Patota said.  “Because of all this generous in-kind support, we were able to keep the cost of tickets down for more parents and caregivers to take part.”

The breakfast will begin at 7:30 am and Dr. Woodall is scheduled to begin his program at 8 am. This program for professionals of all kinds who have concerns about child resiliency.

About Dr. John Woodall:

Dr. Woodall is Founder and Director of The Unity Project, a resilience-building program for youth.  A psychiatrist, formerly on the faculty of Harvard Medical School, he has a special expertise in posttraumatic stress disorder and resilience. He was Country Director of a USAID-funded refugee relief effort in the Balkans after the war there, and the Convener of the “Resilient Responses to Social Crisis Working Group” at Harvard University and directed the “Task Force for Accountability for War Crimes in the Former Yugoslavia” at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.  He is Co-Founder of the Healing Arts Project working with New York City’s Department of Youth and Community Development after 9/11 to build resilience in the city’s children and developed similar resilience building programming in New Orleans and Mississippi after Hurricane Katrina and in northern Uganda working with former child soldiers and their victims.  Since the Newtown tragedy, he has launched a series of resilience building efforts there.

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 www.cfguidance.org

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

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: http://cfguidance.com/home-3/news-media/

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 www.cfguidance.org

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The Child and Family Guidance Center Receives Bridgeport Rotary Grant

For Immediate Release

The Child and Family Guidance Center Receives Bridgeport Rotary Grant

Clinic awarded $10,000 grant from local service organization to support bilingual mental health services

Bridgeport, CT., December 17, 2018 – The Child and Family Guidance Center received a generous $10,000 grant from the Bridgeport Rotary Club Foundation to support bilingual mental health clinical staffing in the Center’s outpatient unit.

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, says Michael Patota, CEO/President of The Child and Family Guidance Center. “Since 1925, our child-centered and family-focused services have reached children throughout Fairfield County, with specific focus on Bridgeport. We’re grateful for the Bridgeport Rotary Club Foundation’s generosity in helping us to provide services to any child, regardless of their family’s language, cultural background and financial ability.”

In 2019, The Bridgeport Rotary Club will be celebrating its 100th anniversary serving the Bridgeport Community. “The Bridgeport Rotary Club’s motto is Service above Self,” says President Carolyn Vermont. “We’re proud to be helping our longtime neighbor, The Child and Family Guidance Center. Our core missions share a spirit of service to others – and for nearly a century both our organizations have been quietly helping the most vulnerable people in our city and beyond.”

 

In the past two years, the Outpatient Clinic has experienced a 14% increase in demand for psychiatric services. At the same time:

  • 85% of the children and families served in the most recent fiscal year were living in poverty
  • Over 80% of its clients identify as racial and/or ethnic minorities
  • Over 80% of children receiving services have been exposed to trauma at home and in their communities

As the demand for services increases, the caseloads for bilingual Spanish-speaking clinicians are reaching disproportionate levels. The Center continues to seek funding in order to maintain its high-quality standard of care for all the children and families they serve, regardless of language and cultural background.

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 www.cfguidance.org

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