About FSGC

Family Service & Guidance Center has been making a positive impact on the lives of children in Shawnee County and across northeast Kansas for 115 years. FSGC was established in 1904 to help victims of a devastating Topeka flood. The agency distributed blankets, clothing, food and even made hot baths available.

As the needs in the Topeka community changed, so did Family Service & Guidance Center’s focus. In the 1950s, the organization’s attention turned from meeting basic welfare needs to community mental health care. In 1984, FSGC dedicated itself to meeting the unique mental health needs of children and families.

Today, Family Service & Guidance Center provides direct clinical services, prevention education and outreach to nearly 12,000 children, adolescents and families from 38 Kansas counties each year. FSGC is an innovator and a recognized leader in children's mental health services, employing more than 260 staff members on a centralized three-building campus and a Crisis Resolution Program building.

Today, Family Service & Guidance Center provides a broad range of programs and services tailored to meet each child’s unique needs, including:

  • Outpatient individual, family and group therapy
  • Psychiatry services provided by three Board-certified child and adolescent psychiatrists and four Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) trained in mental health
  • An anxiety treatment program (one of just two in Kansas)
  • Crisis services available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year
  • A therapeutic preschool for children aged 2-6 with severe emotional and behavioral problems
  • After-school groups for children and teens ages 6-18 struggling with social and behavioral issues
  • Children’s Autism Program
  • Case management and respite care
  • Transitions to Adulthood Program for young adults living with mental health issues
  • The popular Happy Bear abuse prevention program

Family Service & Guidance Center’s park-like campus was designed with children in mind. Our young clients deserve the highest quality mental health care services in a setting in which they can feel safe and comfortable. Our scenic campus includes:

  • A half-court gym
  • Cafeteria
  • State-of-the-art therapy suites
  • Enclosed playgrounds for children ages 2-6 and 5-12
  • A stocked fishing pond encircled by a walking trail
  • Plenty of green space and trees

Balancing personal and professional life

Achieving balance means something different for everyone – whether it's going on vacation, meeting people with similar interests or spending time with family and friends.

FSGC offers nine paid holidays each year for full-time employees, including a “floating holiday.” Benefit-eligible employees accrue generous amounts of vacation and sick leave that increase with years of service. Staff members are also entitled to 40 hours of bereavement leave annually.

Personal growth and professional development

A Family Service & Guidance Center employee’s opportunities for learning begin on their first day. They include:

  • New employee orientation
  • Management and leadership education
  • Scholarship opportunities for those pursuing degrees
  • Regularly scheduled didactics on a wide range of timely mental health topics for eligible employees

In addition, many positions offer an annual professional development allowance which the employee can spend on a job-related training opportunity of their choice.

Benefits and wellness

Family Service & Guidance Center staff members can take advantage of comprehensive, affordable personal medical insurance options that will allow them and their family to be and stay healthy. FSGC pays 70 percent of health and dental insurance for staff members. Flexible spending accounts are also available to assist employees with their health and childcare expenses.

FSGC also offers a 401(k) retirement plan to qualified employees, contributing 5 percent of the staff member’s salary each month. In addition, if the employee contributes 4 percent of their salary each month to their retirement plan, FSGC will contribute another 1 percent. Financial planners visit FSGC regularly to help qualified employees enroll in and develop an individualized plan that will help them achieve their financial goals.

  • Three weeks paid vacation and paid holidays
  • Continuing education leave and professional development budget
  • Performance incentives
  • Clinicians are never on-call
  • Supervision for licensure (for clinicians)

FSGC also takes employee wellness very seriously. The organization offers a broad range of activities and opportunities designed to enhance staff members' health, both mental and physical, including:

  • Fun and re-energizing team and all-agency activities
  • Beautiful outdoor walking paths and pond
  • Christmas cookie decorating, Thanksgiving meal and other seasonal activities for staff members
  • Community blood drives
  • Indoor half-court gymnasium for clients and staff
  • Onsite cafeteria
  • Friendly, supportive atmosphere

Hear from our staff members about their jobs.

Learn more about various positions at FSGC from our staff members.


Click here to meet a Staff Clinician.

 


Click here to meet a Case Manager.

 


Click here to meet an Attendant Care Provider.

 


Click here to meet a Crisis Attendant Care Provider.

 


Click here to meet a Mental Health Specialist in the
Early Childhood Intervention Program.

 


Click here to meet a Mental Health Specialist in the
Youth Development Program.

 

 

Strategies for Raising Your Child with Autism

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This FREE 12-session class is designed to educate and inform parents and help them create an individualized plan to meet their child's unique needs. We're glad you're here!

Below are the YouTube videos that correspond to the various course sessions. Feel free to watch them anytime and watch them as many times you want or need to.

Session 1                                              https://youtu.be/1d3y9Wq4fY0

Session 2                                              https://youtu.be/L87SnFJs7LU

Session 3                                              https://youtu.be/4IcV_WcspKg

Session 4                                              https://youtu.be/-7KsBuiQJBA

Session 5                                              https://youtu.be/jYuZ0SQVJqE

Session 6                                              https://youtu.be/LlcwuVj6Rnw

Session 7                                              https://youtu.be/fToapjtk4hE

Session 8, video 1                                https://youtu.be/qa-5x3_XRk0

Session 8, video 2                                https://youtu.be/6nzFb-Vv0fs

Session 9                                              https://youtu.be/G9zrxWt0K4k

Feeding Difficulties (small group)      https://youtu.be/ckkaiTUx5Sc

Time Out (small group)                       https://youtu.be/zwtNY6UrW2w

Token Economy (small group)            https://youtu.be/OTVDgq0-xro

Sleep Problems (small group)            https://youtu.be/WBfv6rhQs_E

Toileting (small group)                        https://youtu.be/fCPdquZaPe8

Crisis Management (small group)      https://youtu.be/-USOY7q2AI8

 

More videos will be posted soon!

You can help children and teens in our community who need it most.

You can bring hope and healing to thousands of northeast Kansas children and teens with a generous donation to Family Service & Guidance Center's new Youth Crisis & Recovery Center.

Your kindness will help young people like Rod, a young man who turned his life around with the help of his loving, supportive family and caring Family Service & Guidance Center professionals. See and hear his inspiring story by clicking the link below.

 

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The Youth Crisis & Recovery Center will be a 24-bed, 24,000-plus square foot facility to treat children and youth experiencing a severe mental health crisis. The Center will enhance FSGC's existing crisis services in innovative ways and provide a higher level of care. The Center will also house FSGC's substance use treatment program. FSGC's approach of treating substance use and mental health challenges at the same time will maximize youth's opportunities for positive, long-lasting results.

For detailed information on this exciting project, click here.

Communication a key to youth suicide prevention

SUICIDE TALK LOGO 01 resized for social mediaChildren and teens face so many risks today, and parents do their best to help their kids navigate them. There’s one, however, that many parents don’t talk about with their kids: youth suicide.

Travis Freed, LMLP, Director of Crisis & Recovery Services at Family Service & Guidance Center, feels strongly that this difficult subject needs to be added to the list.

“Suicide poses a serious threat to kids and teens, just like alcohol and drugs,” he said. “Parents and kids need to have this discussion. Studies tell us that discussing suicide doesn’t put the idea in someone’s head. In fact, bringing the topic into the open makes it less scary and gives the child permission to talk about it.”

He suggested several tips for talking about suicide with your child.

  • Sit side-by-side instead of face-to-face.
  • Don’t insist on eye contact.
  • If you are worried your child may be suicidal, be direct with your language: “Are you thinking of taking your own life?”
  • Listen! Sometimes people talk too much when they are nervous or uncomfortable.
  • Tell your child it’s normal to have scary thoughts but they don’t have to act on them.
  • Don’t say things like, “Tomorrow’s a new day.” It invalidates any struggles your child might be going through.
  • If you are concerned that your child is imminently suicidal, don’t leave them alone. Seek help as soon as possible.
  • If you or someone you know is suicidal, it is always okay to call 9-1-1 for immediate assistance.

Kids who are struggling with suicidal thoughts and their families don’t have to go it alone. There are resources that can help them navigate a difficult situation.

  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1.800.273.TALK (8255). The Lifeline provides free and confidential support, day or night, for someone who is suicidal as well as prevention and crisis resources for parents.
  • Crisis Text Line: Text “HOME” to 741741. The Crisis Text Line also makes it easy to get fast, free help 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Since the text line was launched in 2013, trained volunteers have taken over 100 million text messages.
  • Family Service & Guidance Center: 785.232.5005. If a child is experiencing a mental health emergency and is in danger of hurting themselves or others, FSGC is here to help 24/7/365.

Freed assured parents that they don't need to have the perfect discussion with their child; they just need to have one.

"The big takeaway is that having this discussion could save a child's life someday," Freed continued. "No matter how uncomfortable the talk may be, that fact makes it worth it."

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Welcome to Art Day at Home 2022!

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Registration has closed for Art Day at Home 2022.

If you signed up for a project, here's some important information:

  • Art Project Supply Pick-Up Day is Saturday, February 26, from 2-4 p.m. at FSGC's 327 S.W. Frazier building. There will be a release/permission form for a parent to sign that day.
  • Art Project Return Day is Saturday, March 19, from 2-4 p.m. To be considered for inclusion in this year's Works of Heart Art Event, the client should bring their finished art piece back by that date. They can also return their artwork when they come for a scheduled appointment before March 19.
  • Kids may keep any leftover art supplies for their own use!
  • All completed, submitted artwork becomes the property of FSGC for use in marketing materials, display in our buildings or possible inclusion in the Works of Heart Auction.
  • If you have questions, contact Jim at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 785.270.8907. 


Click on the name of the how-to video(s) below the project you selected for easy-to-follow directions!

Projects for Eventbrite 2022

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                     Colorful Collage how-to video                                       Abstract Awesomeness how-to video

Projects for Eventbrite 20225   Projects for Eventbrite 20224

Pulldown Painting how-to video 1video 2 and video 3                           Field of Flowers how-to video

Projects for Eventbrite 20223   Projects for Eventbrite 20226

                Amazing Agamograph how-to video                       Awesome Animals how-to video 1 and video 2

Projects for Eventbrite 20227   Projects for Eventbrite 20228

Watercolor Wonders how-to video 1video 2 and video 3                        High-Flying Fun how-to video

"Kansas: Stronger Together" COVID-19 Resource Program

Kansas Stronger Together

If you’re struggling to get through your day, every day, you’re not alone. The COVID-19 pandemic has affected all of us in different ways. Some people are feeling sad, isolated or extremely stressed. Others need help feeding their families. Some people have lost their jobs and even their homes. Family Service & Guidance Center wants to help.

Trained FSGC staff members are ready to connect you with Shawnee County resources. Complete the form below and they will call back within two business days to find out how they can help. This is a FREE service.

If you are experiencing a medical or mental health emergency, do not complete this form. Call 9-1-1 immediately.

Family Service & Guidance Center is affiliated with the Kansas: Stronger Together initiative. You can also call the Kansas Crisis Counseling Program: 1.800.273.8255.

 

FSGC Wish List

Wish List graphic 002The children and families who depend on us sometimes need help beyond the mental health services we provide. Often, getting a hand up with some things most of us consider “basic” can play an important role in keeping a client family functioning and healthy.

The Family Service & Guidance Center Wish List consists of items our kids and families need most frequently as well as items used by our clinical staff during their sessions with their young clients, like fishing tackle and sports balls. By donating some of the items below, you’re helping meet basic needs as well as providing important opportunities for social interaction and community involvement. 

  • Warm hats and gloves
  • Warm socks
  • Packages of underwear (kid sizes to adult)
  • Books for early readers and teens
  • Graphic novels
  • Art supplies (notebooks, drawing pencils, markers, gel pens, watercolors)
  • Personal hygiene items (shampoo, body wash, toothpaste, toothbrushes)
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Diapers/Pull-ups
  • Gas gift cards
  • $5 gift cards to for fast-food restaurants to be used by clients who are learning social and behavioral skills
  • Gift cards for shoes
  • Fishing poles and tackle
  • Tennis rackets and balls
  • Air pumps
  • Basketballs, soccer balls, volleyballs

Please note that for the health and safety of our children, teens and families, they items should be new, unworn and unused.

Items can be delivered to FSGC’s office at 325 S.W. Frazier, Topeka. Jim Williamson will be happy to accept your generous donation. Please contact Jim at 785.270.8907 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to arrange a day and time.

These items may seem simple to most of us, but to a child and family that are struggling, they can mean the world. Please make an FSGC’s Wish List donation today!

Parenting Resources

We are happy to provide these videos and articles to parents, kids and teens. They focus on lots of different subjects and skills, like stress management, healthy development and social skills -- the things children and teens are working at FSGC.

This is just part of our ongoing commitment to providing needed services, even in uncertain and difficult circumstances.

We hope you find these resources helpful! We're going to get through this together!

FSGC's Real-World Parenting Conversation Videos 

 

 Coronavirus Anxiety Workbook from the Wellness Society

 

Back-to-School 2020

 

Helpful FSGC staff videos, media appearances

 

COVID-19 and kids

 

Relaxation/Stress Reduction


Social Skills

Exercise/At-Home Activities

Parent Resouces/Activity Ideas

Helpful videos

We are happy to provide these videos to FSGC clients and their families. Subjects include anger management, appropriate expression of emotions and developing healthy relationships.This is just part of our ongoing commitment to providing needed services, even in uncertain and difficult circumstances.

Keep working toward your treatment goals! We're going to get through this together!


Video: Impulse Control

 

Social Skills

 

Self-Esteem

 

Expressing Emotions and Regulation

FSGC's response to the Coronavirus

MONDAY, MAY 18, 2020 - 4:30 P.M.

Since March 20, Family Service & Guidance Center has continued to provide northeast Kansas children and families with top-quality mental health care services via telephone and videoconference. Many of our dedicated staff members have worked from home, and that’s made it possible for those who have been in our offices to maintain social distancing.

We’re pleased to let you know that we will soon begin providing some face-to-face services as scheduled with your provider(s). We will also continue to offer virtual services as long as your insurance will allow it. You and your children matter to us, and we want to make sure you can get the services you need while still feeling safe.

For families who come into our offices, know that FSGC is taking numerous precautions, including:

  • Directing staff members to stay home if they have a fever, cold/flu-like symptoms or have been in contact with anyone experiencing symptoms.
  • Screening every employee every day before their workday starts, including a temperature check.
  • All FSGC staff members will wear masks and will wash their hands in between sessions.
  • Buildings are thoroughly disinfected throughout the day.
  • All high-touch areas, such as credit card pads and pens, are sanitized after each use.
  • Office seating in the waiting room and in therapy/testing rooms has been modified for appropriate physical distancing.

You can also help us maintain a healthy campus by taking some simple steps:

  • If you or your child are not feeling well, please contact FSGC to cancel or see if we can schedule a virtual appointment.
  • Please take your temperature prior to coming to in-person appointments.
  • Clients will be asked a series of screening questions.
  • Please wait in your car until 5 minutes before your scheduled appointment.
  • We are asking that for right now, no hugs or handshakes to help maintain social distancing.
  • Please use the hand sanitizer found throughout the buildings for frequent client and staff use.
  • Appointments will be limited to the FSGC staff member, client and one additional individual.
  • Clients and families are asked to bring and wear a mask upon entering the building.

Finally, FSGC will offer phone and video services as long as we are able, including new client admissions.

We want to make sure our kids and families are getting the services they need in ways that work for you. If you have any questions, call Family Service & Guidance Center at 785.232.5005.

 

FRIDAY, MARCH 20, 2020 - 5:30 P.M.

Family Service & Guidance Center is making a number of modifications in order to meet the behavioral needs of children and families and also do our part to keep our clients and employees safe. It is our intent to provide as many services as possible while adhering to social distancing requirements.

For all of the details, click here.

 

TUESDAY, MARCH 17, 2020 - 11 A.M.

The mission of Family Service & Guidance Center is to provide quality behavioral healthcare for the children and families that we serve. Ensuring we are providing you with accurate and timely information concerning COVID-19 is part of that. With the announcement of all Shawnee County Schools closing until March 27th, FSGC has been working around the clock to determine how we can continue to provide support to those we serve knowing it is needed now more than ever while also balancing the need to keep everyone safe. It is important to know that decisions made have been done while directly consulting with the Shawnee County Health Department and we continue to follow guidance issued by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the World Health Organization (WHO) as we monitor the development of this pandemic closely. What you should know:


We are prepared:

  • The safety of our clients and the staff who serve them is our highest priority, and out of an abundance of caution, FSGC is implementing precautions throughout our facilities.
  • While the community remains on alert, clients and visitors of the agency will be screened upon entry. Staff will be asking if you or anyone with you fit the criteria warranting quarantine as issued by KDHE earlier this week. Based on your answer, you may be told your appointment needs to be rescheduled. If rescheduled, your provider will reach out to you during that time to check in and discuss any pressing concerns you may have including medication refills.
  • We ask that anyone who fits into one of the following groups, call ahead and be proactive in canceling their appointment:
    • Traveled internationally on or after March 15th.
    • Traveled on a cruise ship on or after March 15th.
    • Traveled to California, New York, or Washington states on or after March 15th.
    • Traveled to Eagle, Summit, Pitkin, or Gunnison counties in Colorado in the last week, or
    • Had a fever or fever with cough or shortness of breath in the last 24 hours. 
  • FSGC’s crisis facility is also implementing changes and will not be admitting respite clients beginning on Saturday, March 21st.
  • Beginning on Thursday, March 19th outpatient therapy services, medication management services and case manager appointments will be on the phone to the extent possible. All other services, such as CPST and Attendant Care appointments are continuing to be evaluated with State officials and information regarding those answers will be made as soon as possible.
    • Please look for phone calls from reception staff regarding scheduled appointments in the next few days.
  • After consulting with the Shawnee County Health Department, psychosocial groups will remain open this week, while taking extra precautions to ensure we are following social distancing rules.
    • Children’s temperatures will be taken prior to being brought to group.
    • Transportation may be altered depending on updated information.
    • Groups will have modified scheduled to ensure distance during normal activity times.
    • If you do not feel comfortable sending your child to group, we understand and ask you communicate that with the group supervisors for them to track.

Your safety is our priority

  • Clients with respiratory illness should CALL their healthcare provider prior to being checked out. Those without a primary care doctor should contact GraceMed at 785-861-8800.
  • Following the KDHE guidelines to reduce the spread of COVID-19 is an important way to decrease your risk. These guidelines are:
    • Stay at home if you are experiencing symptoms.
    • Practice Preventative actions such as 20-second handwashing, cleaning frequently touched surfaces, covering coughs and sneezes with your elbow, and avoiding touching your face.
    • Practice social distancing by avoiding large gatherings and maintaining distance (approximately 6 feet) from others when possible.
      • Yesterday the state issued an executive order banning all gatherings larger than 50 for the next 8 weeks.
  • Similar guidelines are being implemented with staff to ensure all employees you interact with while on our campus are not ill while serving you.

We understand that the COVID-19 outbreak is an evolving situation where information is being updated multiple times throughout each day. You can be confident that FSGC continues to re-evaluate the precautions we have put in place to ensure we are following the most up-to-date recommendations. As always, we want you to know that we remain centered on providing quality care for those we serve while ensuring the safety of our community.

 

FRIDAY, MARCH 13, 2020 - 6 P.M..

The mission of Family Service & Guidance Center is to provide quality behavioral healthcare for the children and families that we serve. Ensuring we are providing you with accurate and timely information concerning COVID-19 is part of that. It is important to know that we are taking information from the Shawnee County Health Department, Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) as we monitor the development of this pandemic closely. What you should know:


We are prepared:

  • The safety of our clients and the staff who serve them is our highest priority, and out of an abundance of caution, FSGC is implementing precautions throughout our facilities.
  • While the community remains on alert, clients and visitors of the agency will be screened upon entry. Staff will be asking if you or anyone with you has experienced a fever or a cough while feverish in the last 24 hours. Based on your answer, you may be told your appointment needs to be rescheduled. If rescheduled, your provider will reach out to you during that time to check in and discuss any pressing concerns you may have including medication refills.
  • Clients experiencing illness should contact their provider to reschedule appointments before coming to the agency.
  • FSGC’s crisis facility is also implementing changes and will not be providing service or transportation to clients who have had a fever or cough while feverish in the last 24 hours.
  • Information regarding FSGC protocols involving COVID-19 will be updated regularly and posted at all front-desk areas, on our website, fsgctopeka.com and will be available from staff.

    Your safety is our priority:
  • Clients with respiratory illness should CALL their healthcare provider prior to being checked out. Those without a primary care doctor should contact GraceMed at 785-861-8800.
  • Following the KDHE guidelines to reduce the spread of COVID-19 is an important way to decrease your risk. These guidelines are:
    • Stay at home if you are experiencing symptoms.
    • Practice preventative actions such as 20-second handwashing, cleaning frequently touched surfaces, covering coughs and sneezes with your elbow and avoiding touching your face.
    • Practice social distancing by avoiding large gatherings and maintaining distance (approximately six feet) from others when possible.
  • Similar guidelines are being implemented with staff to ensure all employees you interact with while on our campus are not ill while serving you. 

We understand that the COVID-19 outbreak is an evolving situation where information is being updated multiple times throughout each day. You can be confident that FSGC continues to re-evaluate the precautions we have put in place to ensure we are following the most up-to-date recommendations. As always, we want you to know that we remain centered on providing quality care for those we serve while ensuring the safety of our community.

Parent Trainings

Real World Parenting Series

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Parenting is the toughest job in the world. Family Service & Guidance Center is here to help, and we want to help in a way that fits your busy schedule!

  • The first three Thursdays of each month, FSGC will post short videos about the Parenting Topic of the Month on our Facebook page. The videos will offer practical, real-world parenting tips and advice.

  • On the fourth Thursday, you'll have the chance to ask an FSGC professional your questions about the Topic of the Month in a live Q&A session via Zoom.

We'll also answer pre-submitted questions at that time. Live Q&A sessions will run from 6:30-7:30 p.m. CST.

MONTH TOPIC OF THE MONTH Q&A DATE

June
REGISTER NOW!

LGBTQ+ Youth Thursday, June 23

July

ADHD Thursday, July 28

August

Screen Time & Social Media Thursday, August 18

September

Youth Suicide Prevention Thursday, September 22

October

Bullying Thursday, October 27

November

Discipline Strategies Thursday, November 17

December

Eating Disorders Thursday, December 15

January
Q&A VIDEO

Childhood Trauma Thursday, January 274

February
Q&A VIDEO

Childhood Depression Thursday, Februray 24

March
Q&A VIDEO

Childhood Anxiety Thursday, March 24

April
Q&A VIDEO

Grief & Mourning Thursday, April 28

May
Q&A VIDEO

Substance Use Thursday, May 26

To receive the Zoom link for the live Q&A and to submit your questions, click the "Register Here" link under the Topic of the Month. You'll receive the link to the Q&A via e-mail by 5 p.m. CT the day of the Q&A.

Be sure to follow us on Facebook!


Parenting: Because kids don't come with instructions (8-week class)

parenting resized for social mediaFeel more in control as a parent while building a happier, healthier relationship with your children. This FREE 90-minute class will take place via Zoom videoconference once a week for eight consecutive weeks.

A new class will begin Monday, March 28, and sign-up will begin Monday, March 14. Sign up here. A Zoom link will be sent via e-mail prior to the first class session.

This class is intended for northeast Kansas residents. Local residents only, please.

 

 

Why not Experience FSGC?

You may have heard of Family Service & Guidance Center – we’ve been around since 1904 – but how much do you really know about us?

Chances are, the breadth and scope of the work we do to help thousands of northeast Kansas kids each year will surprise you. That’s why we cordially invite you to “Experience FSGC.”

Enjoy a casual lunch on us, meet FSGC professionals and experience interactive demonstrations of innovative approaches that help kids overcome anxiety, depression, ADHD and a range of other mental health issues. A tour of our campus is also available.

Experience FSGC lunch events are from 12 – 1 p.m. at 327 S.W. Frazier Ave. Events are scheduled for the following 2020 dates:

•   Tuesday, March 31
•   Tuesday, June 23
•   Tuesday, September 22
•   Thursday, December 10

Come see how we help kids live happier, healthier lives. Contact Jancy at 785.270.8996 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and reserve a spot at an upcoming Experience FSGC event.

Youth Suicide Prevention Toolkit

Suicide Prevention Logo transparent bubbleThank you for visiting our page! These materials were created by Family Service & Guidance Center for the "Suicide: Talk about it. Save a life," initiative. Feel free to use anything on this page in e-mails, school and parent newsletters, student newspapers -- any medium in which you want to promote conversation about the often off-limits topic of youth suicide.

The "Suicide: Talk about it. Save a life" initiative's goal is to reduce youth suicide in Shawnee County. We want to educate and empower teachers, administrators, coaches, counselors, parents and students in order to start the conversation and keep young people in our community safe.

 

If you require an .eps version of the "Suicide: Talk about it. Save a life" logo or have questions about any of the above materials, please contact Pam Evans, FSGC Director of Marketing & Development, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 785.232.7902.

The "Suicide: Talk about it. Save a life," initiative is comprised of Family Service & Guidance Center, all Shawnee County school districts, Hayden High School and the Shawnee County Suicide Prevention Coalition.



Start the conversation with your child.

Raising a child is the toughest job in the world. Kids face so many challenges and risks today, and it falls to parents to talk with them and keep them safe.

One risk that doesn’t get talked about is the risk of suicide. Sadly, death by suicide has become the second-leading cause of death for young people aged 10-24. Suicide rates have risen dramatically in the United States, including Kansas. Between 1999 and 2016, only four states’ suicide rates grew more than Kansas.

As many as four out of five suicidal people signal their intentions to others, hoping it will be noticed. Here are some warning signs that a child or teen may need help.

  • Talking about suicide or death in general
  • Obsession with death – often in music, poetry or artwork
  • Talking about “going away”
  • Referring to things they “won’t be needing” and giving things away
  • A dramatic mood swing from very depressed/suicidal to seemingly being fine
  • Talking about feeling hopeless or guilty
  • Withdrawing from family and friends
  • Losing interest in favorite activities
  • Changes in sleeping and eating habits
  • Drug use, drinking or self-harm
  • Unexplained or unusually severe, violent or rebellious behavior
  • Unusual neglect in appearance or hygiene
  • Feeling sad or depressed for extended periods


Talking to your child or teen about suicide may be difficult, but it could save their life. Just remember…

  • Talking about suicide cannot plant the idea in someone's head! Actually, it can get your child to talk and open up about a scary subject. When we talk about tough topics like suicide, they become less scary. Talking also gives your child permission to bring up the subject again in the future.
  • Parents talk to kids all the time about things like buckling up in the car, avoiding drugs and alcohol and not engaging in risky sexual activity. Parents should talk to their children about any behavior that can put them at risk, including suicide.
  • You should still talk to your child about the risk of suicide, even if they don’t bring it up. Approach it the same way you would another subject that is important to you but may or may not be important to them.

 

If a child shows signs that they may be considering suicide…

  • Remain calm.
  • Ask the youth directly if he or she is thinking about suicide. Ask, straight out, "Are you considering suicide?"
  • Focus on your concern for their well-being. Don’t judge them. Listen.
  • Reassure them that there is help and that they will not feel like this forever.
  • Do not leave a suicidal child or teen alone. Stay with them. Remove means for self-harm.
  • Finally, get help! No one should ever agree to keep a youth's suicidal thoughts a secret. Seek help from a mental health professional as soon as possible.


Youth in crisis and their families don’t have to go it alone. There are resources available to help.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1.800.273.8255
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides free and confidential support for someone who is suicidal as well as prevention and crisis resources for parents. Call anytime, day or night.

The Crisis Textline: Text “HOME” to 741741
The Crisis Textline also makes it easy to get fast, free help 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Since the textline was launched in 2013, trained volunteers have taken over 79 million text messages.

Family Service & Guidance Center: 785.232.5005
If you’re starting to worry about your child’s behavior, don’t wait until a small problem becomes a big one. Schedule an appointment with FSGC by calling 785.232.5005 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. and ask for Admissions. They will be happy to assist you.

However, if a child is experiencing a mental health emergency and is in danger of hurting themselves or others, FSGC Crisis Services can be reached 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, by calling 785.232.5005.

 

Reducing back-to-school stress for parents and kids

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Back-to-school is one of the most exciting times of year for many. It also has the potential to be one of the most stressful.

Two things – fear and lack of time – combine to create stress, according to Jennie Watson, LSCSW, School-Based Services Team Leader.

“The start of school can be scary. Will the schoolwork be too hard? Are the other kids going to be nice? Will this be a successful school year?” she explained. “There are so many unknowns.”

Time also creates pressure: “There are a lot of things to do and not enough time to do them all.”

Watson offered four practical tips for making the beginning of the school year less nerve-racking.

  • Get back into a routine, especially the kids' sleep schedule, and get started a couple of weeks before school starts. Once school starts, be sure to include “fun time” each day.
  • Read to your kids. If your kids can read, have them read to you. It will make a world of difference.
  • Don’t try to do everything yourself. Have your kids help with things like meal prep, vacuuming and other jobs.
  • Find people – grandparents, neighbors, other parents – who can help with things like carpooling and getting kids to and from activities. Having help takes a lot of pressure off.

Watson said that parents shouldn't hesitate to ask for help if their child is having a hard time getting their back-to-school bearings or struggling with behavioral problems. Early intervention heads off potential problems before they become serious.

She said. “If you’re unsure about your child's behavior, talk to the school counselor to see what they think. Remember: We're looking for changes in the 'norm' for that particular child, and we need to figure out if their behavior interferes with their functioning at school."

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Parents play a key role after violence occurs

It’s not unusual for children to become frightened or confused following high-profile acts of violence – especially school violence. The key to helping them deal with those feelings, according to Family Service & Guidance Center’s Dana Thomas, LMLP, is communication.

“Don’t wait until your child comes to you. Carve out time and start a conversation with them,” she said. “Communication is crucial to finding out how deeply they’ve been affected by what they’ve seen and heard.”

If parents still aren’t sure how their child is doing after talking with them, watching them is the best way to know if something’s wrong. Thomas encouraged parents to look for behaviors like…

  • An outgoing, talkative child suddenly withdrawing
  • Uncharacteristic aggression or sadness
  • Refusal to participate in favorite activities
  • Nightmares or changes in sleeping patterns
  • An independent young child become clingy, not wanting to separate from a parent
  • A pre-teen or teen begins talking about self-harm, like cutting, or even suicide

If the child talks about being scared to go to school, Thomas said parents should reassure them of what makes school a safe place, including:

  • Numerous staff – teachers, administrators, school resource officers – whose job it is to keep students safe.
  • Precautions to keep children safe, like locked doors, sign-in procedures, name badges, etc.

Parents should also encourage their child to tell a trusted teacher or staff member if they see a stranger in their school.

Finally, Thomas said, “These changes in behavior are natural after traumatic events, but they may not go away on their own. Parents shouldn’t hesitate to call their child’s doctor or Family Service & Guidance Center for help.”

If you’re concerned about a child you love, call us. Parents don’t have to have all the answers. Family Service & Guidance Center’s professionals are here to help. Call 785.232.5005 and ask for Admissions or click here.

 

 

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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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Understanding anxiety

All of us experience anxiety. It’s the butterflies in your stomach before a job interview or that funny feeling when you have to ask a stranger for directions. Children experience it, too – on the first day of school or at sports tryouts or at dance auditions. Anxiety is a normal part of life; however, constant stress and behaviors that disrupt your child’s life can keep them from being happy and successful.

The good news is that anxiety disorders are very treatable by experienced mental health professionals like the ones at Family Service & Guidance Center’s Anxiety Treatment Program (ATP).

But how can you tell if your child’s stress and worry are just part of growing up or if they’re a bigger problem? Crystal Scott, LSCSW, Anxiety Treatment Program Coordinator, says there are five common signs of anxiety disorders that you can watch for in your child.

  • Constantly seeking reassurance. Children suffering from anxiety often seek reassurance from parents that things will “be okay” but don’t believe them, no matter how many times they are told.
  • Illnesses, aches and pains with no apparent cause. Anxious children often report symptoms like stomach aches or headaches with no known cause.
  • Avoidance of sources of anxiety. Children with anxiety will go far out of their way to avoid things that make them anxious – school, dogs, speaking in class, whatever it may be.
  • Ritual behavior. Some children will engage in rituals like cleaning or doing things in a particular order. Furthermore, they may become very upset if this ritual is not followed.
  • Constant worry. Anxious children will frequently talk about being worried or say that things “just don’t seem right.”

Ms. Scott cautions parents not to wait and see if their child’s anxiety gets better. “Left untreated, anxiety rarely goes away. It grows and makes the child’s world narrower and narrower,” she said.

If your child is regularly showing any of these symptoms, call Family Service & Guidance Center. FSGC’s experts are here to help assess your child’s anxiety and, if needed, offer effective, practical treatment services tailored to meet their unique needs. Don’t wait. Call FSGC today – 785.232.5005 – and ask to speak to Admissions. Or you can get started by clicking here.

 

Depression isn't as simple as just "cheering up"

“Just try to cheer up!”

Children with depression hear that a lot – from parents, teachers and friends. They’d love to do nothing more, but it’s much more complicated than that.

Karen Smothers, LSCSW, LCAC, Director of Clinical Operations, notes that depression is one of the most frequently made diagnoses at Family Service & Guidance Center.

Common signs of depression include:

  • Long stretches of sadness, hopelessness, irritability, anger or aggression
  • Losing interest in fun activities they’ve always enjoyed
  • Isolation
  • Frequent unexplained aches and pains
  • Lack of sleep or oversleeping.
  • Loss of energy
  • Frequent worry
  • Missing school and/or poor performance in school
  • Feeling worthless or guilty
  • Self-harm such as scratching or cutting

“Many children and teens who live with a wide range of mental health issues also experience depression,” she said. “Depression affects the whole body – thoughts, feelings, behavior and physical health. It makes an impact on all aspects of a child’s life.”

Smothers cautions parents, however, not to be too quick to say their child suffers from depression.

“A lot of children who aren’t depressed show one or more of these symptoms or behaviors as they grow up. Some of them are pretty normal for older kids and teenagers. A lot of parents need help sorting it out,” she explained.

If you’re concerned because you see these symptoms in your child, call Family Service & Guidance Center. A caring professional will assess your child and, if required, offer treatment tailored to meet their unique needs. Don’t wait. Call FSGC today – 785.232.5005 – and ask to speak to Admissions. Or you can get started by clicking here.

 

What is ADHD, and what can I do about it?

One of the most frequently treated issues among FSGC children and teens is Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Even though ADHD has gotten a lot of attention in recent years, there’s still plenty of misinformation in the media and the public about what it looks like and how it affects children and teens.

Dr. Chip Millhuff, FSGC's Chief Medical Officer, wants parents to be able to make informed decisions about whether their child may need help, so he offered some very important facts about the signs of ADHD.

“ADHD affects three to five percent of preschool and school-age children,” he said. “Symptoms usually start during childhood with about 30-65 percent persisting into the teen years and into adulthood.”

ADHD usually shows itself in three ways:

  • Inattentiveness: A child fails to pay close attention to details and makes careless mistakes. They have difficulty paying attention in tasks or play activities. They may not even seem to be listening when spoken to directly. The child struggles with organization, loses things they need to do homework or school projects and is forgetful in daily activities.
  • Hyperactivity: The child fidgets with their hands or feet or squirms in their seat. They may get out of their seat in school and run around the room. Finally, they may talk excessively.
  • Impulsivity: The child will blurt out answers in class before the questions have even been completed. They have difficulty waiting their turn and often interrupt conversations or intrude on others.

One of the challenges is that ADHD doesn’t look the same in every child. It varies from one child to the next. Some deal almost exclusively with one feature while others experience two or even all three, Dr. Millhuff explained.

Unfortunately, many children living with ADHD go undiagnosed. Parents and teachers may simply see a child who is “just a daydreamer” or “has energy that just won’t quit!”

Dr. Millhuff cautioned, “There’s a lot more to it than that. Over time, ADHD can become a major obstacle for a child to overcome to be happy and successful. It can affect them into adulthood, so early intervention is key."

The good news, however, is that ADHD is very treatable with proven strategies like skill-building, praise and rewards for appropriate behaviors and, sometimes, medication.

If you see these characteristics in your child, Family Service & Guidance Center is here to help. Trained FSGC professionals will evaluate your child and, when appropriate, offer effective, practical treatment options designed to meet their unique needs. Call FSGC today – 785.232.5005 – and ask to speak to Admissions. You can also get started by clicking here.

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BCBS Foundation Makes $5,000 Play Park G

kids play parkFamily Service & Guidance Center is pleased to announce a $5,000 gift from the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas Foundation. The gift is earmarked to help build the FSGC Therapeutic Play Park.

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Come ‘n get it! Enjoy a delicious lunch and help thousands of northeast Kansas children living with ADHD, depression, anxiety and other mental health issues.

Choose your entrée from a special event Texas Roadhouse menu. And don’t forget to try your hand at our fun and exciting Poker Raffle for chances to win great prizes.

Grab your coworkers, friends and family and join us at the Texas Roadhouse! Seating is limited, so select a convenient seating time and get your tickets today. Tickets purchased on or after Friday, October 16, will be available for pick up at the event.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can make the FSGC Therapeutic Play Park a reality.

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Time is short. Make your gift today.

You can help thousands of northeast Kansas children suffering from mental health issues by making a gift to the FSGC Therapeutic Play Park fundraising campaign, which will end this year.

Once complete, construction will begin on a fun, colorful 30,000-square foot playground designed especially for children ages 5-12.

Play is crucial to children's healthy development. Play is how children learn critical social and emotional skills like taking turns, cooperation, imagination and creativity, conflict resolution and how to cultivate relationships and make friends. These are abilities we use all our lives.

Many FSGC children live in unsafe neighborhoods or don't have access to parks or playgrounds. This severely limits their opportunities for play and for developing all the skills that naturally come from play. Play is especially critical for FSGC children because their mental health issues make it particularly difficult for them to acquire these important social and emotional skills.

Our goal is to raise the $354,000 investment needed for this project by the end of 2015. Your gift will help take the FSGC Therapeutic Play Park from the drawing board to our scenic campus.

Please make a gift to the Therapeutic Play Park by selecting your amount in the donation box. You can also make a gift and learn more about this exciting project by contacting Pam Evans, Director of Marketing & Development, at 785.232.7902 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Works of Heart Tickets

 

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Purchase your tickets now for Topeka’s biggest and best arts event: the 10th annual Works of Heart Art Event & Auction.

Proceeds will directly benefit children and adolescents with mental health issues and their families.

Enjoy a cocktail as you view the live and silent auction items. Meet and get to know our 2016 Works of Heart Featured Artists, the stars of the evening. Savor a delicious dinner, courtesy of the outstanding staff of the Capitol Plaza Hotel.

Finally, bid high and bid often on a broad range of compelling and stunning artwork courtesy of our 2016 Featured Artists and top professional artists from across the Midwest.

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The 16th annual Works of Heart Event

Join us your way — in-person or via livestream — on Friday, August 26. Celebrate the talent and creativity of FSGC kids and make a positive impact on the lives of thousands of northeast Kansas children.

  • Live Event: A small number of tickets to the limited-capacity, in-person event at the Maner Conference Center can be purchased. Enjoy live music, delicious food and drink, silent auction and -- of course -- the exciting live auction for 10 pieces of amazing artwork created by our FSGC Featured Artists. Tickets are $125 each. Social hour begins at 6:30 p.m., program and live auction starts at 7:30 p.m.

  • Livestream: Enjoy Works of Heart in the comfort of your own home via livestream on your Smart device for free. Experience the virtual social hour, hear great jazz music and bid on valuable and unique silent auction items while wearing your favorite fuzzy slippers! The livestream starts with the virtual social hour at 6:30 p.m.

And remember: Silent auction bidding opens Friday, August 12!

Meals for Mental Health

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8th annual Meals for Mental Health Event
October 1-31, 2022

Hosted by Texas Roadhouse
5901 S.W. Huntoon, Topeka
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The dinner bell is ringin', so round up your posse and head on over to Meals for Mental Health!

Buy your tickets and redeem them for a delicious meal anytime our Topeka Texas Roadhouse is open for business during the month of October. Use them for dine-in or curbside to-go. It’s Meals for Mental Health the way you want it!

Enjoy a selection from our exclusive Meals for Mental Health menu.

  • Six-Ounce Sirloin: Savor a sizzling, tender, hand-cut six-ounce sirloin cooked just the way you like it, with green beans, a baked potato and a soft drink.
  • Grilled Pork Chop: Dig into a hand-cut, hearty, boneless pork chop, seasoned and served with peppercorn sauce, along with green beans, a baked potato and a soft drink.
  • Grilled BBQ Chicken: Wake up your taste buds with a marinated 1⁄2 lb. chicken breast basted in a tangy BBQ sauce. You’ll also get green beans, a baked potato and a soft drink.
  • Grilled Chicken Salad: Enjoy a fresh, light grilled chicken salad and a soft drink.

Your meal will also come with Texas Roadhouse's famous dinner rolls!

No matter which meal you choose, you'll be helping thousands of northeast Kansas kids and teens living with anxiety, depressions, ADHD and other mental health issues.

Check back for ticket information! Don't miss Meals for Mental Health 2022!

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Integrated Dual Diagnosis Treatment (IDDT) treats mental health issues and substance use

Trouble teens - mental health and substance abuse are linked.FSGC and the University of Kansas have launched the nation’s only innovative Integrated Dual Diagnosis Treatment program to treat substance use and mental health issues at the same time in children and teens.

Integrated Dual Diagnosis Treatment (IDDT) is a strengths-based model of treatment for clients with substance use issues and mental illness. The service is cutting edge in that while it has never been administered to children and teens. IDDT has been used successfully with adults for several years, and FSGC and KU are working together to adapt the program for young clients ages 12-18.

Numerous studies indicate that the best way to treat mental illness and substance use is to treat them simultaneously rather than separately. In IDDT, both issues are treated by the same clinical team rather than separate providers, as well.

“We have a unique opportunity to do something really special for the population we serve that no one else in the country is doing,” Brandon Fiagle, LMSW, IDDT Team Leader, said. “To be a part of helping young people achieve total wellness is very exciting to me, along with working with a team of professionals that are enthusiastic about doing the same.”

A two-year implementation process began in July. KU staff will provide group supervision on a weekly basis to ensure that the program is moving in the right direction. Reviews will be conducted by KU every six months to make sure that FSGC is administering the program correctly. FSGC and KU worked together previously to launch the Transitions to Adulthood Program for transition-aged youth 16-22.

Evanson-Lass said, “FSGC staff have had such a great experience learning from KU and working in collaboration with them to improve the services we deliver to our clients. It’s tremendously exciting to be a part of this collaborative process with IDDT to help our kids.”

Erika's Story

Erika showing her "Works of Heart" auction item.Erika holding her "Works of Heart" auction item.Erika was 12 years old when she and her mother, Stacy, first came to Family Service & Guidance Center. The death of her grandfather and her parents’ divorce caused dramatic changes in her.

“I wore dark, baggy clothes,” Erika remembers. “I always wore a hat with my hair over my face, trying to protect myself, trying to hide who I really was and what I look like. I wasn’t positive about anything in life. I was in a horrible state.”

Her mother, Tracy, said, “The atmosphere at home was chaotic – walking on eggshells. We were afraid to talk to her, afraid to touch her. She would hit people. She would slam things, she would break things. She would hurt herself.”

Erika attended her first FSGC Art Night when she was 14 and things began to change.

She started looking forward to Art Nights and attended as many as she could. They provided an outlet for her sadness and anger. She became more open and engaged in her therapy appointments.

Erika was selected to be one of the Featured Artists at FSGC’s 2010 Works of Heart Event. Featured Artists attend the semi-formal event and get to watch their pieces auctioned off to the highest bidder. Erika’s piece sold for $300 and an artist was born. The hat came off, the baggy clothes went away and a smile returned to her face. She was selected to be a Featured Artist two more times over the next three years.

“That changed who I am. I went from being a bully to helping people who were being bullied. I went from being negative to being positive,” Erika said.

At school, Erika progressed from near-failure to graduating from high school this past spring with several sets of honor cords over her shoulders. And she’s not done: Erika is a 19-year-old freshman at Wichita State University, studying acting, art and music.

“My life without FSGC would probably be a black hole. I don’t know where I’d be. I could be out on the streets. (FSGC) changed everything. I don’t know what I’d have done without FSGC.”

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Current Job Opportunities


CPST Case Manager needed to work with severely emotionally disturbed children & their families.  CPST is a face-to-face intervention with the consumer present; however, family or other collaterals may be involved.  The majority of CPST contacts must occur in community locations where the person lives, works, attends school, and/or socializes.

Position Requirements:

*Bachelor's degree in mental health field preferred and/or equivalent experience.

*Experience providing services in a community based setting with knowledge of community resources is preferred.  

*Must possess ability to work independently; as well as, collaboratively. 

*Clear & effective communication skills required to provide service to families & community stakeholders. 

*People who are willing to transport children in their own vehicle within Shawnee County.

*Valid driver’s license, up to date car insurance, and a reliable vehicle.

*Ability to pass a background and drug test.

* People who are reliable and can be counted on by the children. 

* People who are organized and able to manage difficult schedules and documentation.  

* People who are able to manage stressful situations and behaviors.  

 

FSGC offers a generous benefit package including medical, dental, LTD, life insurance, incentive program, paid time off and holidays, 401K plan, training and education opportunities, flexible spending account and additional voluntary programs.

Background check & drug screen required.

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CPST Case Manager needed to work with severely emotionally disturbed children & their families.  CPST is a face-to-face intervention with the consumer present; however, family or other collaterals may be involved.  The majority of CPST contacts must occur in community locations where the person lives, works, attends school, and/or socializes.

Position Requirements:

*Bachelor's degree in mental health field preferred and/or equivalent experience.

*Must be bilingual in Spanish.

*Experience providing services in a community based setting with knowledge of community resources is preferred.  

*Must possess ability to work independently; as well as, collaboratively. 

*Clear & effective communication skills required to provide service to families & community stakeholders. 

*People who are willing to transport children in their own vehicle within Shawnee County.

*Valid driver’s license, up to date car insurance, and a reliable vehicle.

*Ability to pass a background and drug test.

* People who are reliable and can be counted on by the children. 

* People who are organized and able to manage difficult schedules and documentation.  

* People who are able to manage stressful situations and behaviors.  

FSGC offers a generous benefit package including medical, dental, LTD, life insurance, incentive program, paid time off and holidays, 401K plan, training and education opportunities, flexible spending account and additional voluntary programs.
 

Background check & drug screen required.

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Family Service & Guidance Center, a leader in children's behavioral healthcare, is seeking a passionate professional to lead our Outpatient Clinical Services Team.

The Director of Outpatient Services is responsible for the program development and implementation of the outpatient clinical services which includes the school-based services model.   This position will have extensive supervisory responsibility and programs oversight. The Director of Outpatient Services serves as a member of the leadership team.

 

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Oversees day-to-day clinical operations of the outpatient clinical staff which includes staff clinicians, crisis services clinicians and school-based services.
  • Provide clinical oversight of clinical cases and direct treatment among multiple Family Service & Guidance Center providers. Aids in shaping the treatment philosophy and goals of the agency in line with best clinical practices.
  • Provide clinical and administrative supervision and direction to the clinical team leaders and coordinators.
  • Leads in the design/program development, implementation and management of behavioral health services within public and private schools.
  • Serves as the primary point of contact for public and private schools seeking services and information about pediatric behavioral health.
  • Communicates and coordinates with school staff to provide information about Family Service & Guidance Center’s services and aids in assessing future services. Ensures there is a process established to provide information, referral and direct assistance to schools and families seeking behavioral health services.
  • Assist with managed care contracting.
  • Participates in the utilization management (UM) process and promotes the use of clinical data driven decision-making.
  • Works to ensure appropriate levels of care (LOC) assignment and applicable LOC treatment protocol are followed.
  • Follow program policies/procedures and evaluate mechanisms to ensure consistency with the regulatory laws and standards.
  • Active participation and input into agency operations via membership on the agency leadership team.
  • Participates in the development and carrying out of the agency strategic plan.
  • Participate in the acquisition of and administering of any grants or special projects as deemed appropriate.
  • Works proactively to develop clinical programming to meet community needs.
  • Be familiar in the philosophy of WrapAround Services both for the purpose of assessing needs and delivering services.
  • Manage and assure the department operates within the parameters of its annual budget.
  • Engage in activities designed to give his/her program high visibility in the community.
  • Respect and demonstrate ability to maintain client confidentiality.
  • Act as an ambassador of Family Service & Guidance Center in the community setting. This may include doing public educational and informational presentations.
  • Supports and actively promotes the vision and mission of Family Service & Guidance Center and the philosophy of the strengths perspective.
  • Other duties as assigned.

 

POSITION QUALIFICATIONS

Education/Licensure:

  • Master’s degree in a recognized mental health discipline
  • Valid advanced license to practice in the state of Kansas
  • Active membership in professional organizations strongly encouraged

Experience:

  • Must have 10+ years’ experience working with children and families.
  • At least 5 years of experience in senior leadership role
  • Experience managing large department of clinical staff required
  • Experience serving as a community liaison required
  • Experience working with managed care companies preferred
  • Experience managing school based staff preferred
  • Passion and desire to work with children and adolescents

 

FSGC offers a generous benefit package including medical, dental, LTD, life insurance, incentive program, paid time off and holidays, 401K plan, training and education opportunities, flexible spending account and additional voluntary programs.
 

Background check & drug screen required.

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 JOB SUMMARY:              

This position will serve in a dual role capacity providing parent support services and wraparound facilitation services. Position provides training and support necessary to ensure engagement and active participation of the family in the treatment process. Position also provides wraparound services to the severely emotionally disordered clients (children/youth) to assist them in resolving or minimizing the effects of the mental and emotional impairment to enhance independent functioning and decrease institutionalization. Wraparound services are provided under a treatment plan approved by a psychiatrist or physician skilled in the treatment of mental disorders and are for children/youth with (SED) severely emotionally disorders that are also on the SED Waiver program. The position will work in the office and community.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

Position will work in one or both areas based on client/agency needs.

Parent Support:

  1. Provides training to family members to increase their ability to provide a safe and supportive environment for the client (children/youth).
  2. Leads family support groups and individual sessions which provide support, training and education for family members regarding living with a child with mental illness.
  3. Develops and enhances family member problem-solving skills, coping mechanisms, and strategies for behavior management.
  4. Assists family members in understanding the (SED) Severely Emotionally Disordered Waiver process.
  5. Trains family members on medication, diagnosis, interpreting choice of providers and understanding policies and procedures of Family Service & Guidance Center.
  6. Completes documentation in a timely fashion.

Wraparound Facilitation:

  1. Forms the Wraparound Team which consists of participant’s family, extended family, and other community members involved in the client’s daily life. Will schedule and facilitate the Wraparound meeting and assist with the development of the Plan of Care by guiding the team through assessment of the client’s strengths and needs, identification of objectives, action steps, needed services and crisis planning.
  2. Reassembles the Wraparound Team when subsequent Plan of Care review and revisions are needed, at minimum every 90 days and yearly for the annual Plan of Care review. Will contact the client’s family and/or Wraparound Team members at least monthly to ensure Plan of Care addresses the client’s ongoing needs.
  3. Builds collaboration and ongoing coordination among the family, caretakers, service providers and other formal and informal community resources identified by the family. Promotes flexibility to ensure appropriate and effective service delivery to the client and their family.
  4. Ensures all SED Waiver guidelines and rules are followed (Medicaid compliance).
  5. Completes clinical documentation (treatment plans, progress notes, utilization reviews, etc.) in a timely fashion. Stays informed of agency developments by reading memorandums and other agency related written communications.

JOB QUALIFICATIONS:  

The successful candidate will have good verbal and written communication skills, including excellent listening skills.  This position must be able to maintain a high level of organization and time management. Position also must demonstrate flexibility, collaboration/coordination and thorough documentation skills. Proficiency in MS Office with ability to learn other software programs as necessary.    

REQUIREMENTS:

Bachelor’s degree in human services field and experience working with children with serious emotional disorders preferred or high school diploma or associate’s degree with equivalent experience required. Must have valid driver’s license, current auto insurance, a good driving record and a reliable vehicle.

Background checks and drug screen required.

 

FSGC offers a generous benefit package including medical, dental, LTD, life insurance, incentive program, paid time off and holidays, 401K plan, training and education opportunities, flexible spending account and additional voluntary programs. 

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 Family Service Guidance Center is seeking an Administrative Floater to join our Administrative Services team.  Position will work in Reception and Admissions.  Duties include:  answering the phone, checking in clients, collecting office co-pays, scheduling appointments, collecting demographic data and entering information into a computer system, receiving initial request for services and coordinating access to services, conducting insurance verifications, and assisting staff and visitors with customer service needs.  The data collection services of this position directly impact medical records, accounts receivable, clinical services and other departments within the agency.  This role is often the first impression of customer service for the agency. 

Requirements:  H.S. Diploma or equivalent, excellent verbal and written communication skills, customer service experience, flexibility, organizational and time management skills.  Must be proficient in MS Office Suite.  Excellent customer service skills are required.  

Work Schedule:  Monday-Friday 7:30am – 4:30pm

 

FSGC offers a generous benefit package including medical, dental, LTD, life insurance, incentive program, paid time off and holidays, 401K plan, training and education opportunities, flexible spending account and additional voluntary programs.

Background check & drug screen required.

 

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Family Service & Guidance Center is currently seeking part-time Attendant Care Providers.  Individuals 18 years of age & older & at least 3 years older than the consumer are needed to work one to one with Severely Emotionally Disturbed Children ages 5-17 in a variety of community settings.  Applicant must have a high school diploma or equivalent & a combination of 2 years of documented experience & post-secondary education in a human services-related field. A valid driver’s license, current auto insurance, a reliable vehicle and a good motor vehicle driving record are required.  Must successfully pass background checks including motor vehicle screen.  

 

Hours:  40 hours per week, hours will fall primarily between 7:30am-5:30pm, some flexibility to adjust schedule to meet client needs is required.

 

FSGC offers a generous benefit package including medical, dental, LTD, life insurance, incentive program, paid time off and holidays, 401K plan, training and education opportunities, flexible spending account and additional voluntary programs.

Background check & drug screen required.

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Family Service & Guidance Center is currently seeking part-time Attendant Care Providers.  Individuals 18 years of age & older & at least 3 years older than the consumer are needed to work one to one with Severely Emotionally Disturbed Children ages 5-17 in a variety of community settings.  Applicant must have a high school diploma or equivalent & a combination of 2 years of documented experience & post-secondary education in a human services-related field. A valid driver’s license, current auto insurance, a reliable vehicle and a good motor vehicle driving record are required.  Must successfully pass background checks including motor vehicle screen.  

Hours:  Monday-Friday 4-6pm and various weekend hours.

Background check & drug screen required.

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Enjoy working with children? Individuals 21 years of age & older needed to work one on one with Severely Emotionally Disturbed Children ages 5 to 17 in crisis house & community. Applicants must have a high school diploma & a combination of 2 years of documented experience & post-secondary education in a human services-related field. CRP ACP's must successfully pass all applicable background checks & possess a valid driver's license. A good driving record, proof of insurance & reliable transportation is necessary to complete job duties. Crisis House is staffed 24/7. Position is hourly, on-call. Part-time on-call staff must be available to work a minimum of 16 hours per week.

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Hablamos Español

Servicios de traducción están disponibles para las familias que hablan español en nuestra comunidad. Si necesita ayuda con traducción, tiene preguntas sobre los programas de FSGC o como conseguir que su hijo participe en servicios, llame a 785.232.5005 y dígale al operador que necesita un intérprete.



Para un paquete de admisión en español, clic aquí.


Usted quiere lo mejor para su hijo y usted puede comenzar con 5 sencillos pasos.

  1. Pre-registrar a su hijo.  Hay dos opciones para "Pre-registro."
    • Llame al 785.232.5005 y pida hablar con Admissions/Admisiones. Un Coordinador de Admisiones le dirá todo lo que necesita hacer y responderá a todas sus preguntas.
    • Online/Internet – Haga click  en Pre-registro," complete la información y haga click en “Submit”/"Enviar." Alguien de Admisiones se pondrán en contacto con usted para programar una cita.
    • Family Service & Guidance Center tiene una Clínica de Admisión que les permite  atender a su hijo el mismo día de su primera llamada telefónica o visita. Más información a continuación.
  2. Complete el Papeleo.
    Clic “Papeleo de Admisiones” y “Imprima.” Llénelos y tráigalos a la primera cita de su hijo. Haciendo esto antes de venir a FSGC ahorrar tiempo. Si necesita ayuda para llenar las formas o tiene preguntas, contacte Admisiones. Si tiene problemas para descargar o imprimir el papeleo, llame a Admisiones y pida que le manden los formularios por correo.
  3. Proporcione registros pasados de tratamiento de la salud mental de su hijo.
    Si su hijo ha recibido servicios de salud mental anteriormente, o si están actualmente en tratamiento, póngase en contacto con sus proveedores y pídales que accedan todos los archivos a Family Service & Guidance Center, Atención: Admisiones. Usted también puede traer el papeleo a la primera cita si lo desea.
  4. Traiga la tarjeta de Seguro de su hijo.
    Asegúrese de traer la tarjeta de seguro de su hijo con usted a la cita. Si no tiene la tarjeta, trate de obtener una copia de la tarjeta, por atrás y adelante.
  5. Traiga comprobantes de sus ingresos.
    FSGC proporciona una escala de pago basada en los ingresos del hogar, si usted vive o trabaja en el condado de Shawnee. Si desea pagar en una escala móvil, asegúrese de traer verificación de ingresos.

Salarios (copia del talón de cheque mas reciente o declaración de impuestos más reciente)
Beneficios de Seguro Social
Asistencia Pública (Medicaid)
Retiro / pensión (SSI/SSDI)

Sustento de Menores/Pensión de Alimentación – recibido o pagado
Seguro de Desempleo
Otros Ingresos no mencionados anteriormente            

Los padres/tutores legales deben traer una identificación con foto, como una licencia de conducir.


SI USTED HA HECHO UNA CITA

SI USTED NO HA HECHO UNA CITA*

y sus documentos de Admisión están completados y el papeleo de admisión no está completado  Si sus documentos de Admisión están completados… Si su papeleo de admisión no está completado 
  • Por favor, llegue a la hora de su cita o antes de su cita.
  • Por favor llegue 45 minutos antes de su cita programada.
  • Para ser visto por la mañana, debe llegar antes de las 10:30 am.
  • Para ser visto por la tarde, debe llegar a la 1:30 p.m.
  • Para ser visto por la mañana, debe llegar antes de las 10:15 a.m.
  • Para ser visto por la tarde, debe llegar a la 1:15 p.m.

* Utilice a la Clínica de Admisión de FSGC, disponible de lunes a viernes.


  • Family Service & Guidance Center se encuentra en 327 S.W. Frazier Ave. cerca de la 6 y Gage. Si necesita ayuda para encontrarnos, llamé al 785.232.5005 para direcciones haga click en “Map Directions”
  • Para la primera cita, el niño y al menos uno de los padres o tutor legal deben asistir.
  • Por favor, registrarse con recepción a su llegada. La recepcionista le va revisar sus documentos y tomara una copia de su tarjeta de seguro o médica y identificación.
  • En su primera cita, usted se reunirá con un coordinador de Admisiones para finalizar el papeleo y responder a sus preguntas.
  • En su primera cita, usted se reunirá con un terapista en la cita inicial y platicaran sobre las opciones del tratamiento de su hijo. Usted también tendrá la oportunidad de programar una segunda cita, si es necesario.

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