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FSGC Services

Welcome! We’re glad you’re here. Visiting Family Service & Guidance Center’s website can be the first step to getting your child the help they need to live a happier, healthier life.

There’s nothing more difficult than watching your child struggle. We understand. Like you, FSGC’s trained, experienced experts want the best for them, whether they are living with anxiety, depression, ADHD or any of a broad range of mental health issues. We’re ready to help assess what’s going on and provide the appropriate help.

FSGC serves nearly 13,000 children from birth to age 18 each year. Most of the children we help live in Shawnee County, but FSGC cares for children from over 40 Kansas counties annually with an array of specialized programs and services.

To learn more about what we do, scroll down to find descriptions of our programs and services.

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  • Outpatient Therapy - Individual, family and group (ages 3-18). Outpatient services focus on children, teens and families dealing with mental health or behavioral issues stemming from a broad range of causes, including relationships, crises or life changes.
  • Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (all ages). Program provides state-of-the-art treatment for a full range of mental health issues seen in children from preschool to high school.
  • The Anxiety Treatment Program (ages 4-18). This specialty clinic provides proven treatment to children whose lives are disrupted by severe anxiety, including Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, and their families.
  • The Early Childhood Intervention Program (ECIP), including a therapeutic preschool for children with severe emotional and behavioral problems (birth to age 6). ECIP is a program for young children who are experiencing severe problems with their social, behavioral and emotional development.
  • Families Supporting Recovery for children dually diagnosed with mental illness and substance use issues (ages 12-18). Instead of seeing two different teams – one for their mental health issue and another for substance use – this innovative service enables young people to see the same treatment team to treat both.
  • Community-Based Services (CBS), including case management and attendant care (all ages). CBS provides intensive support for the child and family to help the child remain in their own home and avoid hospitalization. Services can be provided at home, at school and in the community.
  • Crisis Services available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year (all ages). FSGC's crisis services assist families with emergencies related to mental health issues. The crisis team can help with threats to harm one's self or others, dealing with extreme behavior and significant parent/child conflict..
  • Transition-Age Youth (TAY) Program for young adults with mental illness (ages 15-22). This program provides mentally-ill young adults with opportunities to learn the skills and gather the information they need to live independently and self-sufficiently in the community.
  • Youth Development Program (YDP), a group program that teaches crucial social and behavioral skills (ages 6-17). YDP works in a group format to help children and adolescents learn and practice social skills, anger management, problem solving, emotional expression and other skills needed to be successful at home, at school and in the community. YDP offers groups in a number of Topeka schools in addition to offering groups after school at Family Service & Guidance Center.
  • The highly popular Happy Bear abuse prevention outreach and education program (ages 3-6). Happy Bear visits over 6,500 children each year in dozens of schools and child care centers to teach an important message of safety and self-protection.

On-Site Pharmacy

FSGC is pleased to have Genoa Pharmacy located in the same building as our psychiatrists. All your child's prescriptions – and even prescriptions for you and other family members – can be filled in one convenient location. The pharmacy can package medications together in bubbles according to the day and time they are to be taken. Traditional packaging is also available, and pharmacy services are confidential.

Pharmacy hours:

  • Monday & Wednesday: 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Thursday & Friday: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Closed for lunch 12:30-1 p.m. daily

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Family Service & Guidance Center provides a full range of psychiatric services for children and adolescents. Our staff includes four full-time, Board-Certified Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists and four Psychiatric Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs).

Members of the psychiatry staff work closely with other FSGC clinicians and with many agencies across the community to ensure every client receives comprehensive, coordinated treatment. Medication, when needed, is just one treatment option in our holistic approach to treatment.
FSGC's psychiatrists and APRNs treat a broad range of mental illnesses and behavioral issues, including:

  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Depression
  • Anxiety and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders, including Asperger's Syndrome
  • Disruptive Behavior Disorder
  • Bipolar and other mood disorders
  • Psychotic illness

Specialized Therapeutic Groups

FSGC is pleased to be able to offer a range of support groups to help children and adolescents navigate the challenge of growing up happy and healthy as well as obstacles they might encounter along the way. Support groups are scheduled based on demand and new group sessions begin regularly.

Art Therapy
Art can be a powerful means of expression for a child when words just won't come. FSCG's art therapy program provides children ages 10-15 with opportunities to work on group projects as well as create their own unique pieces through art activities directed by a trained, experienced mental health professional. An advanced art therapy group is also available for children who have benefitted from art therapy previously. Participants ages 14-18 take on more challenging art projects and explore art as a coping skill.

Good Mourning
This therapeutic group is designed for children ages 4-16 (children are grouped by age) who have experienced the death of a loved one. Good Mourning provides a safe, supportive environment in which children can grieve while spending time with other children who are also dealing with similar events.

Me in the Middle
Children often react to their parents' divorce or separation with anger, sadness, guilt and confusion. These can lead to depression, problems at school, isolation and acting out. Me in the Middle is for children ages 4-12 who are experiencing their parents' divorce or separation or are having a difficult time moving beyond their parents' separation or divosrce. Children are encouraged to talk about what they're experiencing in a supportive setting and learn that other children are going through the same thing they are. 

Dialectical Behavior Therapy

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a very effective treatment with adolescents who have a history of hospitalization, self-harm and suicide attempts. The group helps teens identify what events, situations and feelings trigger harmful behaviors. Then, with the help of the group leader and other group participants, individuals learn new, positive coping skills to manage those dangerous trigger situations and feelings. This group is tailored for individuals ages 13-19.

Happy Bear

Family Service & Guidance Center has been taking its cuddly costumed character Happy Bear into classrooms, school assemblies and a variety of other settings for 30 years to teach children ages 3-6 about a subject that's never easy to talk about: sexual abuse.

With the help of her "teacher" - a highly trained FSGC professional - and the eager children attending the program, Happy Bear learns about "good touch" (like a pleasant hug), "bad touch" (hitting), and "mixed-up touch" (sexual abuse), all presented in a way that is age-appropriate, nonthreatening and easily understood. 

Happy Bear not only brings about awareness among children and others who attend, but it teaches perhaps the most important message of all: protection of one's self and prevention of sexual abuse. Children learn what to do if they experience a "bad" or "mixed-up touch." The presenter never names body parts but refers to "body parts they cover up with their bathing suits." 

Parents receive a letter via their child's preschool or child care provider in advance of the Happy Bear presentation, allowing parents to call FSGC and ask questions or discuss concerns they may have. Parents always have the option of not having their child attend. 

Finally, parents are highly encouraged to attend so they can better understand Happy Bear's important message and then talk openly and honestly with their child.

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Community Outreach

FSGC believes that any child or family who needs mental health services to live a happier, healthier life should have ready access to them. That's why Family Service & Guidance Center is pleased to have staff available at locations in specific neighborhoods in our community:

  • Antioch Family Life Center, 1921 S.E. Indiana Ave.
  • Avondale East Neighborhood Empowerment Transformation (NET) Center, 455 S.E. Golf Park Blvd.
  • Avondale East NET Center Parents as Teachers, 455 S.E. Golf Park Blvd.
  • Pine Ridge Parents as Teachers, 1110 S.E. Highland Ave.
  • Quinton Heights Elementary School Parents as Teachers, 2331 S.W. Topeka Blvd.
  • Ross Elementary School, 1400 S.E. 34th St.
  • Topeka Boys and Girls Clubs, 550 S.E. 27th St.
  • Topeka Rescue Mission, 600 N. Kansas Ave.

Unreliable transportation or other circumstances should not be a barrier to getting a child or teen the help they need.

To learn more about FSGC's Outreach Services, call Anthony Bryan, MSW, LSCSW, Director of Integrated Care and Community Outreach, 785.232.5005.

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Did you know?

Happy Bear, FSGC’s furry spokesbear, visits over 6,500 young children at dozens of schools and childcare centers each year to deliver an age-appropriate message about safety, self-protection and abuse prevention.