Supervising and Managing in Youth Serving Organizations 5-Session Course

April 1-May 13, 2015 (9:30AM-12:30PM). Follow the link above for more details.

Youth Mental Health First Aid 2-Day Course

April 21 & 28, 2015 (8:30AM-12:30PM). Follow the link above for more details.

The Annual Aavo Rakfeldt Memorial Lecture featuring Dr. Jaak Panksepp

“The Evolved Primal Emotional Feelings of Animal Brains and Human Minds: Clinical and Therapeutic Applications”
April 28, 2015, 5PM, Southern Connecticut State University


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Dr. Jacob K. Tebes, Professor of Psychiatry (Psychology), Child Study, and Public Health, is a recipient of the 2015 Award for Distinguished Contribution to Theory and Research in Community Psychology by the Society for Community Research and Action (SCRA): Division of Community Psychology of the American Psychological Association. Yale Psychiatry News 4/1/15

Dr. Andrew D. Case has been awarded the Vera S. Paster Award from the American Orthopsychiatric Assoc. Andrew completed a year-long predoctoral fellowship at The Consultation Center, Dept of Psychiatry, Yale School of Medicine, in 2014 and is currently a postdoctoral associate at the Duke Global Health Institute. The Vera S. Paster Award was established in 1989 to honor Ortho's 64th president. It is presented annually to individuals whose work has "significantly contributed to the social, educational, physical and/or psychological well-being of persons of color, thereby promoting their empowerment and ameliorating their disadvantages from oppression and its effects."

Jessica Costeines, MSW, Research Assistant for the Program & Service System Evaluation area, was awarded Outstanding Work in Research by the Connecticut Mental Health Center in celebration of National Social Work Month. Jessica received her award on 3/26/15.

We extend our sincerest congratulations to our award recipients!

Hamden Youth Advisory Council and the Positive Choices Coalition plan ‘Positive’ events for Alcohol Awareness Month. Post-Chronicle 4/8/15

"As a summer of service nears ... a look back" by Joanna Smiley
TCC communication specialist talks with Chelsea Hinchey about her partnership with the Center as a Yale President’s Public Service Fellow. YaleNews, 3/5/15

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The Consultation CenterOur mission at The Consultation Center, Inc., is to promote health and wellness, prevent mental health and substance abuse problems, and advance equity and social justice.


Yale-Bridgeport GEAR UP Partnership

Yale Bridgeport GearUp Partnershipquote...education is the fault line between those who will prosper in the new economy and those who will not.  To prepare young people for the world of personal and professional choices in the 21st century, we must open the doors of college to all Americans.
-- U.S. Department of Educationquote


How do you encourage more than 1,500 middle-schoolers- plus their teachers, counselors, and families- to focus on planning for their futures?

The answer is GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs), a national initiative that began in 1999 with funding from the U.S. Department of Education. The Yale-Bridgeport GEAR UP Partnership plans to open as many doors as possible for Bridgeport students to attend college. The program aims to provide students with the skills and aspirations needed to graduate from high school and succeed in a productive post-secondary educational option of their choice. The funding for this project targets Bridgeport students who are in the graduating classes of 2014 and 2017 and will follow those students from seventh grade through their freshman year in college.

From the voices of recent Connecticut GEAR UP graduates...

  • "This program kept me from dropping out of high school." Takira, Cesar Batalla School.
  • "Now I know that just because my parents didn't go to college, doesn't mean I can't." Neil, Luis Munoz Marin School.
  • "GEAR UP has showed me that you can have fun while learning important lessons. The program has shown me how to be a better person." Joel, Winthrop Middle School.

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The Youth Development Training and Resource Center is a resource center and intermediary to assist youth programs, local youth-serving networks, and funders of youth agencies throughout Connecticut. YDTRC was founded in 1993 by the City Wide Youth Coalition and The Consultation Center. Through our services, we promote positive youth development and meaningful youth engagement. We can provide services or connect you to resources.

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