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.
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.
- 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
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)
- Anxiety and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Autism Spectrum Disorders, including Asperger's Syndrome
- Disruptive Behavior Disorder
- Bipolar and other mood disorders
- Psychotic illness
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 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.
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.
- RSCC Referral Process
- Policies and Procedures for Admission
- Admissions/Discharge/Permissions Form
- Authorization for Emergency Medical Care Form
- Authorization for Emergency Medical Care Form (Espanol)
- Authorization for Dispensing Meds Form
- Authorization for Dispensing Meds Form (Espanol)
- Authorization for Self-Administration of Meds Form
- Health Checklist for Emergency/Temporary Care Form
- Authorization for Use and Disclosure of Information Form
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.
Links to forms
- About Happy Bear
- Rules of the School Hosting Happy Bear
- Happy Bear Letter to Parents
- Happy Bear Letter to Parents (Espanol)
- Happy Bear Suggestions for Parents
- Happy Bear Suggestions for Parents (Espanol)
- Happy Bear Review Test for Kids
- Happy Bear Program Survey for Educators