Washburn Child Guidance Center dba Washburn Center for Children

Rating: 4.88 stars   127 reviews

Issues: Mental Health

Location: 2430 Nicollet Ave South Minneapolis MN 55404 USA

Mission: The mission of Washburn Child Guidance Center is to help children with emotional and behavioral problems, or children at high risk of such problems, lead successful lives.
Target demographics: Washburn serves children, ages birth to 17, who struggle with challenges such as: anxiety, trauma, depression, attention deficit disorder, behavioral problems, loss or grief.
Direct beneficiaries per year: 2,150 children were served in 2009
Programs: Washburn has a range of programs for children: Assessment -- Washburn works closely with each child and family to recommend what services or activities would be most helpful for the child's individual needs. Individual and Family Therapy -- Washburn's staff provides counseling and support for families and their children through comprehensive, child-focused assessment and treatment. Preschool and Early Childhood Outreach -- Washburn's early childhood services for infants, toddlers and preschoolers are provided in child cares, preschool centers, and in homes. Intensive Classroom and Home-based Services -- Washburn has a range of home-based and center-based services specifically for children who are experiencing more severe emotional or behavioral difficulties.

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

My daughter has worked at different non-profits throughout the years. She did an internship at Washburn & was ecstatic to be hired on permanently! Her work (crisis/trauma therapy) is challenging, to say the least, but she thoroughly enjoys the organization & the teamwork & support of her co-workers. Finally getting through to a client, or having one huge success story, recharges her drive & stamina so she can dedicate 110% to every child or family. Washburn provides a tight-knit structure of dedicated professionals who take pride in themselves, each other, & their jobs in the organization they represent.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the feedback I get from my daughter.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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1 person found this review helpful

Our son was constantly setting small fire and burning things up. He was about 6-7years old. We were afraid he would do some very serious things if he was not stopped. We were so lucky to find a wonderful therapist who had a whole program for young children who were fascinated by fire. After finishing the program, he lost his focus on fire. This was priceless to us!!!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my son's fascination with setting fires diminished.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2001-1-01

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8 people found this review helpful

My daughter works at Washburn and is always telling me what a great company she works for. On top of her great coworkers she feels that the work that she does, even though she doesn't actually work with the children, makes her feel likes she is helping kids in need.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

through my daughters love of her job

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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8 people found this review helpful

We gladly provide ongoing support to Washburn with our time and resources! My sister works as a School-based Mental Health Program Supervisor/Therapist. She and her colleagues do amazing work helping kids who have been dealt some pretty tough hands. Washburn staff are so competent and caring, and they work tirelessly to address the needs of kids with serious emotional and behavioral problems. Many of these kids will stave off significant, chronic problems later in life, because of efforts of Washburn during their childhood years. Keep up the great work Washburn!!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

At Christmas time, last year, our familiy was privileged to provide gifts for a family in need. Our family was touched by Washburn, as well, and it was very neat to see kids willing to give a large % of their resources to help another child.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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7 people found this review helpful

While at Washburn, I worked with talented colleagues who were committed to providing high quality mental health, consultation and training services to all members of our community who wished to obtain those services.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Having worked at Washburn for many years, I am aware of the many, many families in our community who significantly benefited the range of services Washburn provided.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the wide range of opportunities for interesting and meaningful work in my field.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

professionally skilled, motivated by the nature of the work rather than by money, and generally fun to work with.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

hire more clinicians to broaden its outreach to clients without health insurance, or with insufficient health care coverage.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

The very professional work of the Washburn staff with our Early Childhood Center at Westwood Lutheran Church has been exceptional. Over the last year the Washburn team has supported our work with young children and their parents with multiple observations and conferences. Services offered have been invaluable to our teaching staff and to the parents of our children. Unique opportunities included “office hours and drop-in services for parents’, the development of a unique series of classroom observations aimed not only at supporting children with challenges, but also on concrete teacher training including the use of student trainees.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The Washburn team is exemplary in its commitment to young children and their healthy emotional/behavioral development. The Washburn team is priceless!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

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5 people found this review helpful

The counselors from Washburn who have worked in our school devote an incredible amount of time and energy to their jobs. They are effective at reaching our students and their families. They are an extremely valuable resource to our community.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

how one of my families is learning to cope with their stress and anxiety.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

how they are able to provide desperately needed services to our community.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very well trained, calm, and professional.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

help many more students and families.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-6-01

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5 people found this review helpful

We have a Washburn Mental Health Therapist at our elementary school. With her expertise and dedicated time to our students, they have found ways to cope with difficult situations and make positive changes in the school environment. Washburn provides professional, consistent and caring service to children and their families.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the changes I have seen in the lives of our students.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-6-01

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5 people found this review helpful

We have had two staff members of Washburn work with our students. They both were invaluable members of our staff. They extended beyond the school and supported students, families and staff. They do amazing work with students to help them reach their true potiental.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Yes, I have witnessed families personally thank them for their continued support. I also have seen staff go above and beyond the call of duty to help families.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-6-01

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4 people found this review helpful

My internship with Washburn provided me the opportunity to experience collaboration with individuals who are both professionally and personally committed to the well being of children and their families. It is quickly evident that this unique organization continues to be invested in most effectively identifying and addressing needs while respecting the rights and cultural desires of clients.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

...that I have witnessed growth in the confidence of numerous children. By providing children with safety and consistency they are able to develop and practice trusting adults to help with big feelings. Also,kids get to practice being kids and having fun!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-6-01

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