By Robin Entress, LCSW Director of Community and Home-Based Services at CCGC It’s been a very long winter. If you’ve been feeling spring fever for a while, this could be because your body knows that being outside is good for you. Many studies have shown that being outdoors really does make us feel better. 5…
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!
Our mission is to assist and support children with emotional and behavioral issues
by providing a special education day school and a system of child and family-focused mental health services.
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
For every student, a classroom. Maybe you’ve already heard about CCGC school; an alternative school setting designed to provide special education services while also supporting children’s mental and behavioral health needs. But have you ever wondered what it looks like to actually be here? CCGC School offers contained classrooms for students who have difficulty…
By Molly Getchell Development Coordinator at CCGC What Is Sensory Play? At its core, sensory play is any play that engages some or all of the 5 senses, including touch, smell, taste, sight and hearing (and many times, balance or movement are included as another “sense” as well). In some ways, this might seem like…
By Erica Mott, LPC Special Clinical Initiatives Coordinator at CCGC At some point in time, you’ve probably heard someone use the word “trauma” to describe a situation that wasn’t exactly serious: “I was traumatized by my last trip to the DMV…” or, “Changing that diaper was traumatic. I’ll have nightmares for the rest of my…
By Jamie Bellenoit, PhD, LMFT Executive Director at CCGC The other night, as I was finishing up bedtime with my 6-year-old son, he surprised me by quickly blurting out this question: “Mommy, do kids die?” I was caught off guard. I was tired after a long day and my mind was already moving…
By Ashley Petersen IICAPS Mental Health Counselor at CCGC I think we all can agree that being asked to do chores was one of the worst parts of being a kid. I know I would have rather been out playing, talking with friends or watching TV…. but yes, they needed to be done. I was…
Join us for Dreams and Discovery Night, a fundraising Gala for the community Child Guidance Clinic. This event will be held at the elegant Pond House Cafe, where you can enjoy an decadent dinner buffet and be a part of our exciting auction events.More