By Laura O’Donnell, Education Director at CCGC At Community Child Guidance Clinic School, children are learning not just about the school subjects we all remember, but also ways to cope with significant behavioral and mental health issues that impact their functioning and make it difficult for them to attend school as part of a mainstream…
The Community Child Guidance Clinic is a private, non-profit organization that has been serving Manchester and surrounding towns since 1959. Our behavioral and mental vitality is important to our overall well-being, and we provide services to over 1,000 families each and every year.
We offer a wide range of programs and services, including early intervention programs, educational services, home-based interventions, and outpatient services. We strive towards excellence with the services we provide to the children and families we serve. We welcome you to browse our site and contact us at (860) 643-2101 with any questions you have regarding our services. We look forward to speaking with you!
Create a better transportation option for behaviorally challenged children in CT
“I have to believe that when my whole world walks out the door, he will be fine until I have him back in my arms.”
Everyone – parents and children – should feel safe when they leave for school each day, and this new transportation service aims to make that a reality for CT families, no matter what mental or behavioral health issue their child struggles with.
The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving has graciously offered to match donations (up to $40,000) that are specifically earmarked towards the new transportation service – a fantastic incentive for people to make a gift since each contribution will have double the impact and help us successfully reach our goal.
NEW THIS MONTH: Share your story!!
Click here to visit our new online form where we’re collecting YOUR stories about how mental health has impacted families in our community. Our goal is to bring some light to the stories about mental health that surround us, because no matter what a family struggles with they should know that they are not alone. Stories may be shared anonymously if you prefer. Please reach out via our contact page with any questions about this project!
Stay tuned to our blog starting next month to see posts about the stories that are shared with us!
Our Programs & Services
Educational, Outpatient and Milieu, Psychological and Developmental, Community and Home-Based Services
The Community Child Guidance Clinic School was established in 1974 and offers state approved education and intensive therapeutic services. We serve children ages 3 to 15 years of age with varying academic levels, learning abilities, and behavioral and emotional issues that may impede their ability to learn. A great advantage to our program is the individual attention and stability our children receive due to the small class sizes and high staff to student ratio; currently about 2:1.
Outpatient and Milieu services provide a wide range of diagnostic and treatment services, many of which are specialized programs that target specific problems. Examples of some of the programs offered include trauma services, Evidence-Based Practice Models such as ARC and MATCH-ADTC, and NorthStar, which is an intensive outpatient program for children ages 5 to 12.
Community and Home-Based services work with families in their homes and communities in order to create a working partnership with families to improve overall functioning. This includes our In-Home Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Services (IICAPS) program.
“CCGC school helped me change my behaviors, staff actually cared about me.”
– 5th grade student
“My daughter’s clinician helped me to advocate for my daughter’s needs, and I am very thankful for the assistance.”
“Group gave me a place where I felt comfortable opening up and being myself.”
– 14 Yr. Old Male
“My clinician helped me with my feelings, and she made me feel better about myself.”
– 10 Yr. Old Female
“The staff in the school really helped my child learn new ways to handle his aggression, and taught me how to be a better parent.”
The Latest At CCGC
Recent News & Blog Posts
By Jamie Bellenoit, PhD, LMFTExecutive Director at CCGC What is a Nonprofit? Before I talk about why nonprofit organizations matter so much, I think it’s important to define exactly what a nonprofit is. Nonprofits are agencies dedicated to furthering a particular social cause or advocating for a shared point of view. It’s important to add…
Below is a question sent to us via the “Ask Dr. G.” page on this site. The parent who asked the question would prefer to remain anonymous and was only asked to provide the question itself and no additional information. “What would you recommend for a nosy inconsiderate, non-appreciative child who doesn’t say hello to people when they…
Fifteen of our staff members attended and presented at the Healing Connecticut’s Children: The Trauma Focused Evidence-Based Practice Conference Wednesday, May 22, 2019. Hosted by the Child Health and Development Institute of Connecticut, this event welcomed approximately 400 mental health clinicians, administrators and social workers from across the state to learn about evidence-based practices, which are…
Jack Bliss, Artist and Guest Writer for CCGC The Family Depression I didn’t know this when I was younger, but both of my parents and several of their siblings have had depression. Knowing that genetics is commonly considered one of many underlying causes for depression, they suspected that my brother and I would get what…
By Kevin McMahon, Director of Marketing, Communications and Development at CCGC My wife and I both struggled with anxiety, so we figured that our kids would most likely deal with it at some point in their lives as well. We just never thought it would start when our oldest was only in first grade. However,…