Washburn Child Guidance Center dba Washburn Center for Children

Rating: 4.88 stars   128 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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Rating: 5 stars  

10 people found this review helpful

I have been on Washburn's board for a little over a year and am continuously impressed by the level of professionalism of everyone involved with the organization and the tremendous benefit the organization brings to our community. The health of our children is so important and mental health issues in children are often overlooked and not addressed. Washburn provides superior mental health services to kids and offers them a bright future.

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The staff and management of Washburn display a level of expertise and committment that not only makes them successful at what they do, they are also looked to as a resource for other professionals.

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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11 people found this review helpful

Excellent agency which truly meets the needs of hard to reach children. I have recommended many children receive services from Washburn and do so with confidence.

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The children I have worked with who have also received services from this agency have really benefited from Washburn's services which has made my work with their family much more successful.

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

the availability of staff and their experience working with challenging children.

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

friendly and knowledgeable about their areas of expertise.

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

increase face to face services

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-7-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

I am honored to be participating in the planning for Washburn's Development and External Relations team. In delving deeper into the history and performance of this agency, I am astonished that more people don't know about it and that they consistently have such strong and profound impact on the mental health of children in our community. Of course, their work touches EVERYONE, not just clients/participants. This planning process is but one example of the way that the organization planfully and proactively approaches their role in meeting the unmet needs of the community. With all this great success, Washburn stands head and shoulders above many other players in this field and I think that plans to capitalize on the good will that the success engenders - maintaining contact with those served by the organization and those who previously served as volunteers - will take the fund development and community relations efforts to an even higher level of success. Congratulations, and keep shooting for the stars!

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

observing the stories of their profound and constant impact on children's mental health.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-6-01

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11 people found this review helpful

Washburn is one of the only mental health services available to children in Minneapolis. I worked as a principal in the Minneapolis Public Schools for 20 years and the needs for these services far outweighed the supply. Washburn was the only place to turn for extreme situations. Our family foundation has provided funding for 15 years. They do an outstanding job.

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

repeatedly the Minneapolis Public Schools

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-6-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

I have served on several Boards but none that spoke to the heart as much as Washburn Center for Children. It can be most difficult for people to understand the needs of a child when the illness can not be seen. It is easy to recognize the need for a hearing aid, or food, or clothing, however the need for mental help is often gone without notice. Without the help of Washburn more children would go through life with less happiness and more pain due to trauma. I have seen first hand the results of healing due to the care of the Washburn team and I thank God for their work. Susan St. James

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

Results were heard on a monthly basis at Board meetings through stories told by social workers. I was always amazed at the impact they had on childrens lives. (Names were never used.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I honestly can not think of a change that THEY could make, only what could be changed by Government to allow an increase of funds. More funds will mean more children helped.

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

Being able to help.

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

devoted, kind, compasionate.

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

Help more children lead better lives.

Ways to make it better...

I had been able to have more of an impact.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Money.

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-2-01

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8 people found this review helpful

As a former board member of Washburn Center For Children I got to see first hand the work they do and the thousands of children they served over my tenure. There are now thousands of children and their families who are in far better places in their lives because of Washburn. Washburn truly does help children and their families built better lives!

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

seeing the changes made first hand by talking with participants in programs and with employees.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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7 people found this review helpful

I have worked with Washburn Preschool Outreach Program for the past 4 years. Their staff has provided children, their families, and teachers in our preschool and kindergarten programs with support, advice, and expertise to help children be successful at home and at school. Washburn's services have filled a need that the public education system doesn't provide. They respond quickly to referrals, are open year-round, provide on-site observations and consultations, etc. They are a valuable asset to the local ECE and mental health communities!

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

seeing them provide children, their families, and teachers in our preschool and kindergarten programs with support, advice, and expertise to help children be successful at home and at school.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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7 people found this review helpful

Washburn Center for Children is a leading agency in children's mental health treatment. Washburn uses evidenced based treatment models and caring, dedicated staff to help children with emotional and behavioral problems learn more effective ways to express their feelings and needs while also supporting the children's parents, relatives, teachers, etc through difficult times. The children learn to feel safe, confident, and loved. They learn that they can be a good friend, do well in school, and that they are important.

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

seeing first-hand how resilient a child and their family can be and how much positive change can be made.

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

design a building that best met the needs of their clients.

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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Rating: 4 stars  

11 people found this review helpful

I was introduced to Washburn as a participant in their annualy charity golf tournament. It was a great event for a great cause. The event was well organized, and there was a clear message provided regarding who Washburn was and what Washburn does. I would recommend having a child speak who has been helped by Washburn. The stories told where great, but the impact of seeing someone helped by something is greater.

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

stories.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-6-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

12 people found this review helpful

The staff at Washburn are knowledgeable, gracious and reliable. They have assisted our regular staff many times over the past ten or more years. We depend on their expert insight,suggestions to address problematic behaviors in our classrooms and their willingness to conference with parents with us. My staff gives them top reviews!

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

Calvary Pre-Kindergarten & in educational workshops

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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