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Current Collaborations

Austin Child Guidance Center works with a number of other agencies in the city to deliver mental health services to children offsite. A current list of community collaborations are described below.

Substance Abuse Services Division, Travis County Juvenile Court seeks to substantially reduce juvenile drug use and delinquent behavior by developing an integrated, comprehensive treatment network for substance abusing, adjudicated juvenile offenders, ages 14 through 16, through intensive collaboration among juvenile justice service providers in Travis County. Center staff provides an array of mental health services: mental health screenings, psychiatric and psychological services, individual and family therapy, and multifamily therapy groups. We participate on the Assessment Review Team for cases and provide mental health consultation to the project. In addition we provide clinical consultation and training to staff.

Middle School Matters is a project that in collaboration with the United Way and other community agencies provides mental health services to the students in three identified high-need middle schools (Decker, Mendez, Webb). Individual/family therapy and therapeutic groups are offered at the schools. Psychological assessments and psychiatric evaluations are also provided at our central location. The aim of these services is to assist the youth to be positively engaged at school and stay out of the criminal justice system, thus increasing their chances of success in school and life.

TANDEM: Moving Forward Together, a Teen Prenatal/Parenting Program is a collaboration to promote optimal levels of health, educational and vocational achievement and social and family functioning and to reduce the risk of subsequent pregnancies among participating teenagers. The lead agency is Peoples Community Clinic. This project serves pregnant teenagers who enter prenatal care at People’s Community Clinic and teen fathers. ACGC staff provides mental health services including group therapy, individual/family therapy, psychological/psychiatric evaluations, as well as consultation to the project. Any Baby Can and Lifeworks also participate in this project.

Community Partners for Children (CPC) is a collaboration that provides intensive case management to children and families who have multiple needs that cannot be met by one agency. This collaboration (formed from a merger of three previous entities – Community Resource Coordination, TRIAD, and the Eligibility Referral Team of the Children’s Partnership) serves any Travis County child/teenager whose problems are too extensive for one agency alone. ACGC staff provides consultation and outpatient mental health services, psychological and psychiatric evaluations. CPC holds their twice a month meetings at the Center.

Crime Victims’ Recovery Project (CVRP) is a program that helps children and families recover from the psychological effects of crime, violence, and abuse. Any child or adolescent who was a victim or witness to crime or violence and their families are eligible for treatment services at no cost. Funding is provided by the Office of Texas Attorney General via of a grant that supports various staff positions that provide the service.

Travis County Leadership Academy is a program of the Gardner-Betts Juvenile Justice Center whereby Center staff provides individual and group services to adolescent clients at the Leadership Academy facility.

Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Project is a collaborative project working to positively impact the mental health of our youngest children in local child development centers. ACGC Staff and graduate interns from The University of Texas at Austin School of Social Work provide mental health assessment, consultation, and intervention services to caregivers, children, and parents at the centers. In addition, childcare staff and parents receive training and consultations on how to identify and help children with mental health concerns.

Thank you to United Way Capital Area, Travis County Health & Human Services, St. Luke’s Episcopal Health Charities, and Build-A-Bear Workshop Bear Hugs Foundation for their generous support of the Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Project.

Kids In The Middle is a project in which we offer mental health services to children and families referred by the Travis County Domestic Relations Office involved in high conflict divorce, family violence, or custody issues.

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Collaborations

  • Austin Child Guidance Center

    Creating Trauma-Informed Systems of Care within Organizations – Feb. 15

    Creating Trauma-Informed Systems of Care within Organizations Presented by Seanna Crosbie, LCSW Director of Program & Trauma-Informed Services, Austin Child Guidance Center Chair, Trauma-Informed Care Consortium of Central Texas Date: Monday, February 15, 2016 Time: 10 am—12 pm Place: ATCIC, 5015 IH 35 S., Suite 200—Rudy Zapata Room Cost: $30 (2 hours of CEUs) Developing trauma-informed systems of care within an organization can be quite challenging to undertake for any professional […]

  • AUSTIN ORIGINALS CONCERT 2014

    ACGC’s 3rd Annual “Austin Originals” Benefit Concert presented by H.E.B. Tournament of Champions, will be held on Friday, September 26, 2014 at the Austin Music Hall. To learn more, be a part of the planning, or inquire about sponsorships, contact Renee at rhanson@austinchildguidance.org. The 3rd annual Phyllis Richards Austin Icon for Children Award will be presented at the event.