A long-time clinical director for child mental health services was honored in Norwalk Thursday night.
Colleagues of psychologist and former clinical director of the Child Guidance Center of Southern Connecticut Dr. Larry Rosenberg gathered at the Loft in South Norwalk to celebrate his 27 years of clinical leadership and contributions to the region and state.
"If anything marks this agency, it's collaboration, if anything marks your career it's collaboration," said governor Dannel Malloy. "Larry, I'm a better person for having known you."
"In addition to what he's done for treatment and the thousand and thousands of kids that have gotten services at the child guidance center during his tenure as clinical director, we've had a very robust training program so some of the people coming to celebrate Larry tonight are people who did internships with us, post doctoral fellowships, staff who have worked with us and have gone on to become leaders themselves," said Child Guidance Center of Southern Connecticut President and CEO Sherry Perlstein.
The child guidance center is a non profit organization that has been providing mental health services to the community for 60 years, servicing Stamford, Greenwich, Darien and New Canaan. The center assists over 2,000 children every year.
"What we help parents do is understand what's unique about their child," said Rosenberg. "What's going to work best for their family, what's gone right and what's going wrong in the relationship between them and to join with them in problem solving."
Rosenberg tells us although there is no exact answer as to why the number of mental health cases in youth has risen over the years, he does say the dichotomy of a household is a major indicator for a child's behavior.
"A great number of the parents of children that we see that come from the most difficult of circumstances, haven't had the good fortune of having lives that were much better than their own children have and they still need some of the same things that the kids do," said Rosenberg.
"We are putting more money into mental health even in this budget this year," said Malloy. "We're more focused and more committed and we're doing some really interesting and groundbreaking things again and we're going to keep doing that."