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FSGC Services

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

There’s nothing more difficult than watching your child struggle. We understand. Like you, FSGC’s trained, experienced professionals 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 assess what’s going on and provide the appropriate treatment.

FSGC serves about 12,000 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 30 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 therapeutic groups for preschool-age 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.
  • 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.
  • Substance Use Treatment Program: FSGC's Substance Use Treatment Program provides children and youth up to 18 years old with assessment and treatment that focuses on the whole person. Staff members are trained and certified to treat both mental health challenges and substance use disorders at the same time.
  • Autism Testing: FSGC provides autism assessments for children and teens up to age 18. They can suggest possible Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) service providers as well as make referrals for specific FSGC mental health care services, based on the client’s individual needs.
  • Transition-Age Youth (TAY) Program for young adults with mental illness (ages 15-22). This program provides mentally-ill young adults with opportunities to learn the skills and gather the information they need to live independently and self-sufficiently in the community.
  • Youth Development Program (YDP), a group program that teaches crucial social and behavioral skills (ages 6-17). YDP works in a group format to help children and adolescents learn and practice social skills, anger management, problem solving, emotional expression and other skills needed to be successful at home, at school and in the community. YDP offers groups in a number of Topeka schools in addition to offering groups after school at Family Service & Guidance Center. 
  • The highly popular Happy Bear abuse prevention outreach and education program (ages 3-6). Happy Bear visits over 6,500 children each year in dozens of schools and child care centers to teach an important message of safety and self-protection.

On-Site Pharmacy

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

Pharmacy hours:

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

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

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

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

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

Specialized Therapeutic Groups

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

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.



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Did you know?

Family Service & Guidance Center was founded in 1904 to help local flood victims. Today, FSGC is one of the Midwest’s leaders in children’s mental health care.