Jessica Welt has been promoted to director of crisis services at the Child Guidance Center of Southern Connecticut.

Welt previously served as director of the agency's Greenwich office. She replaces Deborah Matthews, who is transitioning into the role of director of admissions and assessment.

"We are thrilled to be able to appoint Dr. Welt to this position," said CGC Clinical Director Larry Rosenberg. "Jessica is a sensitive and mature clinician with the capacity to make others feel comforted and cared for under the most stressful circumstances. Her skills, breadth of knowledge, and genuine straightforward approach make her an ideal leader for a program whose purpose is to help children, families and other professionals through the crises they face. I have the utmost confidence in her abilities and know that the community will soon come to feel exactly the same."

The CGC's emergency mobile psychiatric services program provides immediate mental health assessment and crisis stabilization services for children and adolescents. Young people treated in the EMPS program may be suicidal and often are struggling with serious behavioral problems. Some may have witnessed and been traumatized by a community emergency, such as a large-scale act of violence. In the overwhelming majority of cases, the CGC's trained clinicians are able to stabilize emergencies at home, school, or in the community and avoid the more costly and disruptive alternatives of hospitalization or out-of home placement.

Prior to coming to the CGC, Welt worked as a staff psychologist at Westchester Child and Adolescent Psychological Services in Purchase, N.Y., conducting clinical assessments and providing psychotherapy to youngsters with a wide range of mental health problems and families experiencing significant challenges. She has also worked as a staff psychologist in a variety of clinical settings and schools including the Manhattanville College Counseling Center, and in private practice.

Welt graduated from Tufts University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in child development and earned her doctoral degree from the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey.

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Staffed by psychiatrists, psychologists, clinical social workers, APRNs and care coordinators, the CGC is an outpatient mental health center for children and adolescents who experience psychological, behavioral, developmental, social or family problems.

For information, visit www.childguidancect.org.