The Bridge: Pathways to a Trauma-Informed Community

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 - 6:00pm

What                     On April 26, The Guidance Center will host a free screening of the documentary, The Bridge: Pathways to a Trauma-Informed Community.                          

Through interviews with community leaders and former Guidance Center clients filmed in Long Beach and on Catalina Island, the short documentary highlights the effects of poverty on mental health, and how cultivating a trauma-informed community is part of the wider solution for breaking the intergenerational cycle of poverty.

The purpose of the documentary and its screening is to humanize the issue of poverty, raise awareness of its impact on mental health and empower individuals with a "trauma-informed lens" to radically help their neighbors and build thriving communities for all.

For more information on the film, visit

Who                      Notable community leaders featured in the film include Honorable Robert Garcia, EdD, Mayor of Long Beach; Robert Luna, police chief for City of Long Beach; and Kelly Colopy, MA, director of Long Beach Department of Health & Human Services.

After the film, there will be a short panel, moderated by Patricia Costales, LCSW, CEO of The Guidance Center, for further questions and discussion regarding the documentary:

·         Robert Luna, police chief for City of Long Beach;

·         Tiffany Brown, EdD, assistant superintendent of School Support Services at LBUSD;

·         Kelly Colopy, MA, director of Long Beach Department of Health & Human Services;

·         Elisa Nicholas, MD, MSPH, CEO of The Children's Clinic; and

·         Nathan Swaringen, LCSW, clinical therapist at The Guidance Center.

When                   April 26, 2017,  6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Where                  The Art Theatre, 2025 E 4th St., Long Beach, CA 90814





About The Guidance Center

Established in 1946, The Guidance Center provides comprehensive mental health treatment to more than 3,000 children and families in the communities of Long Beach, Lynwood, Compton, Paramount, San Pedro and Avalon annually. The Guidance Center offers individual, group and family therapy, crisis intervention, case management, community education and outreach, and intensive mental health treatment. Headquartered in Long Beach, The Guidance Center also has clinics in Compton and San Pedro. For more information on The Guidance Center, please visit

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