VOL. 12, No. 1
DURHAM, N. C.
The classroom emptied quickly as
the cliildreii rushed out for recess.
The teacher paused in the doorway
to scold the one remaining figure
which lingered behind: “Hurry up.
Tommy, you ’re so slow! ’ ’
Tommy, hearing the teacher’s heels
click down the now empty and echoing
hallway, knew that he nuist move
He reached inside the large black
pocketbook which was j)ro)i])ed up
against tin* teacher’s desk. In frantic
jerks he began to search for the money
he knew must be there.
Crumpling two green bills into his
j)ocket. Tommy stood up and turned to
go, collecting his thoughts and ex
cuses. He stopi)ed.
She was there! She had seen it all!
Tommy felt the nausea and horrible
“It’s not what you think,” he
stammered, honest it isn’t!”
“Tommy, 1 think you had better
come with me.”
111 actuality, “Tonuny” is only an
actor, and his situation is jiart of the
scri])t written for a film entitled. The
Angry Boy. In this fibii, “Tommy”
exemplifies the child who might be
lieli)ed by ])sychiatric counseling.
According to Dr. John A. Fowler,
Director of the Durham Child
Guidance Clinic and Head of the
Division of Child Psychiatry at Duke
Medical Center, children such as
“Tommy” often v;ant to get caught.
“Almost every symptom,” says Dr.
Fowler, “has an S.O.S. in it.”
Here in Durham, children like
“Tonnny” have an oj)portunity to
have their pleas for help heard, and
Pictured above is the Durham Child Guidance Clinic, located on Trent Drive near Hanes
hojjefully “answered” at the Child
For almost eighteen year.s the Child
Guidance Clinic has been heeding the
“S.O.S.” signals of the emotionally
distui'b?d fi’om ages 0-18.
K.stablished as a result of the co
operative efforts of the Durham
Junior League, the Social Planning'
Council and the Duke University
De])artment of Psychiatry, the Child
Guidance Clinic o]iened its doors in
1947 with a part time staff which in
cluded: a psychiatrist, a psychologist,
a psychiatric .social worker and a
secretarial assistant. For the fir.st
two years of oj)eration, almost all
financial backing came from the Dur
ham Junior League.
(Duke photo by Wallace)
Since those early years, the Clinic
has grown in several ways. Today it
0])erates on a full time basis and eni-
])loys: ‘i full time and 8 ])art tinu'
child ])sychiatrists, 8 full time and 2
pai't time clinical j)sychologists, 5
full tinu* and 2 part time ])sychiatric
social workers, and (i s(>cretaries.
Financial su])])ort now comes from
several sources; the community, fhe
state, Duke T'niversity, and federal
In l!)(i2 the Clinic began partici-
1)ating in what is termed a “Con
tinuum of Care Program.” Thus, it
became a ])art of an area and state
wide effort to provide, as is suggested
in the title, a continuum of treat-
(Continued on ])age 2)