Our agency is located in Northwest Pennsylvania and offers a wide variety of community based services including; mental health, intellectual disabilities, education and prevention services. As a nonprofit agency established in 1984, The Guidance Center employs a staff of approximately 200. Although the majority of services are based in McKean County, some specialized services extend into other neighboring communities.

The Guidance Center Named a Certified Trauma Center

The Guidance Center participates in the North Central Trauma Informed Care Initiative and recently was named a Trauma-Informed Care Center (NC TICC).

Through this initiative therapists demonstrate competencies in trauma treatment through training and certification in evidenced-based therapies including: Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Cognitive Processing Therapy, and Seeking Safety. In addition, a multi-disciplinary team at The Guidance Center examines agency practices and makes recommendations for improvements that support a trauma informed environment for clients and staff.

The Guidance Center to Participate in the SPEP Process

The Guidance Center’s Family Based Services program is participating in the Standardized Program Evaluation Protocol (SPEP) with McKean County Juvenile Probation. The goal of the SPEP process in Pennsylvania is to improve juvenile justice services in order to reduce recidivism. The process is designed to assist juvenile probation departments in better assessing youth needs and connecting them to the most appropriate services. SPEP is also designed to improve the quality of service delivery by assessing providers to see how well their services align with research-proven characteristics of effective programs.

What is trauma informed care?

An organizational structure and treatment framework that involves understanding, recognizing, and responding to the effects of all types of trauma.