Founding

Founding

Also involved were civic clubs and organizations, the local Mental Health Association, the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health, the State Department of Health, the Junior League of Austin, and others.

The steering committee became convinced that the best procedure to follow was that of the “child guidance clinic” model which had been developing in increasing numbers since the early 1920’s. Child Guidance Clinics, using diagnosis and treatment through the “teamwork approach” involving psychiatrists, social workers and psychologists, had as their mission the assessment and treatment of child and family emotional problems. A Board of Directors for such a clinic was established and in January, 1949 a charter was received. By November, 1951, private funds had been secured to open the Austin Child Guidance Center. The Center was to serve emotionally disturbed children up to 18 years of age and their families in Austin and Travis County.