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As an outpatient mental health facility we are able to offer a range of mental health services including psychiatric evaluations, psychological assessments, individual and family therapy, and parenting classes. However, we are not an emergency facility and therefore do not offer that type of immediate counseling or psychiatric care. Families who have children with long term psychiatric needs such as those suffering from childhood schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depression, eating disorders, or have a primary substance abuse diagnosis can best be served by facilities who have access to emergency and psychiatric care around the clock. These cases should be referred to Austin Travis County Mental Health Mental Retardation at 512-447-4141.

In most cases children and families are referred to us to begin individual and family therapy. We do an initial evaluation utilizing a brief solution focused approach. Our experience indicates that about one third of our families will be here for four sessions or less, but many families also will continue in treatment and there is not a specific limitation on the time a family can be in treatment. We also utilize many treatment models in our work with families including cognitive behavioral, family systems, and solution-focuses approaches.

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Although we offer psychiatric evaluations, this service is only available to those children who are already in individual or family counseling at Austin Child Guidance Center. Our psychiatrist is available only 10 hours a week and thus we must reserve that time for children already in service who may require that service and who may be able to benefit from medication. However, if a child receives medication through our agency they may only receive it so long as the child and family continue in therapy. Following the therapy and if the child still requires medication we will direct the child or family to their primary care physician.

We also offer psychological assessments for children. Our priority is for those children who are already a client at Austin Child Guidance Center. However, if you are a professional and making a specific referral for a psychological assessment to be completed, we ask that you first call us and talk with an intake worker to see whether we would have the current capacity to perform these. We do not perform psychological evaluations related to custody disputes or court ordered assessments for the general public.

Our parenting classes, which begin in September and February (and are sometimes offered in the summer), are open to all parents and thus they do not need to have a child in service.

Our ADHD class is set up for parents of children with ADHD 12 years and younger; the cost is $80 (per individual or couple) for the entire series of 8 sessions.

ACGC is offering trainings for the mental health care community on a variety of topics. Your registration fee covers materials and CEU's. Check this page often to see what trainings are upcoming, and register under the Events tab.

Cross-Discipline Trauma Conference – March 30-31, 2015


Bruce Perry, M.D., Ph.D, Senior Fellow of the Child Trauma Academy

Vincent Felliti, M.D., Clinical Professor of Medicine at University of California, Co-Principal Investigator of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study

Erica Miller, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist and Holocaust Survivor

Ginny Sprang, Ph.D., Executive Director, University of Kentucky Center on Trauma and Children

Austin Child Guidance Center is convening a “first of its kind” regional training conference on trauma and trauma-informed care. This two day conference brings together over 350 professionals and organizations in Central Texas that work with children and adults; including mental health clinicians, physicians, school personnel, medical/nursing professionals, law enforcement, juvenile justice professionals, and occupational/physical therapists. The conference will provide expert guidance and education on the effects of trauma, as well as evidence-based practices in recognizing and treating trauma.

For more information about the Conference, including up-to-date information on tickets, CEU’s and conference hotel information, visit

For tickets, visit

The Trauma-Informed Care Consortium of Central Texas (TICC) was established in 2013 through the generous support of St. David's Foundation. TICC, led by Austin Child Guidance Center, brings together professional organizations throughout Central Texas to address the trauma needs of children and families. TICC is made up of a variety of professionals and organizations in Central Texas that work with children - mental health clinicians, school personnel, medical/nursing professionals, occupational/physical therapists, law enforcement, and juvenile justice professionals. The consortium meets quarterly to network, share information, coordinate trainings, as well as to create a trauma-informed newsletter and maintain a website:

TICC Website

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If you have any additional questions about making a referral, you may contact Augustina Ponce or call 512-451-2242.