THE GEORGIANA RODIGER CENTER, INC.


Providing counseling and educational services, and support groups

at affordable costs to the local community

THE HISTORY OF OUR CENTER

The Georgiana Rodiger Center, Inc., was founded in 1980 as a  nonprofit organization designed to support the local community.  Initially, the Center focused on children with learning disabilities and families in crisis because of the death of children.  The first outreach led to the Rodiger School which existed from 1980 to 1983.  The focus was on sensory motor development in children who had been diagnosed with learning difficulties in public and private schools. 

Previous to the opening of the school, Dr. Rodiger had traveled with Dr. Clara Lee Edgar throughout the state of California to regional centers, school districts, and hospitals demonstrating the efficacy of sensory motor remediation in adults and children with compromised development.  Their model was based on the work of Newell  Kephart, author of The Slow Learner in the Classroom.  The Rodiger School was an extension of this experience.  Again and again, Dr. Rodiger demonstrated that children with poor sensory motor development could become efficient learners with specific movement training. 

The second of the Center's early programs, ministry to families with loss, or pending loss, of children, resulted in Candlelighter's of Pasadena, a support program for these families.  Co-founded with Patricia Schlanser, M.F.T., the program offered a weekly support group, assistance with funeral arrangement, hospital visitations, and individual counseling.   Center staff still offer counseling to grieving families.

The Center evolved over the years as community needs changed.  Affordable counseling became the focus in the early 1990's.  Interns, trainees, and licensed clinicians were brought on board to work with families, individuals, and couples.  All were selected by Dr. Rodiger on the basis of the richness and variety of their life experiences.  She is instrumental in their training, serving as an active supervisor.  Many clinicians trained at the Center now have private practices in nearby communities.  The experience of working under Dr. Rodiger's tutelage has helped to shape their philosophies and techniques.

Throughout the years various groups have been a part of the Center as needs arose.  Among these are women's support groups, eating disorder groups, and training groups.  The Center has always been characterized by an openness to establish groups whenever encouraged by clients to do so.  Flexibility and a dynamic approach have allowed the Center to stay vital.

Currently the Rodiger Center is primarily a counseling center with a variety of clientele.  Unlike many counseling centers, the Rodiger Center has kept its own decision-making integrity by shying away from government funding and its concomitant regulations and limitations.  The Center is funded solely by client fees, private contributions, and the willingness of Dr. Rodiger and her staff to volunteer time when money is not available.