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  

4 people found this review helpful

As a Board member, I have seen the work that Washburn does for the children in our community. It is something that this community really needs to make the future viable for these children.

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

Reviews of cases where outcomes have significantly improved the lives of the children involved.

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About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-6-01

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7 people found this review helpful

Washburn is a leader in the mental health community. The mental health services provided to children and families are outstanding. And, the training program is exceptional!

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

the way Washburn helps its clients improve their lives.

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About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-6-01

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4 people found this review helpful

I volunteered at Washburn working on the annual golf tournament that raises funds and awareness for the kids of Washburn. I had a great experience not only working on the tournament, but also being there and seeing those in the community give back to the kids and support the efforts of Washburn.

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

seeing the children play and learn with tools provided by fundraising.

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

seeing projects and fundraising efforts full circle.

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

all very kind.

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

help every kid that needs it.

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About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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5 people found this review helpful

I began volunteering for Washburn because they do work that is near and dear to my heart-- treating children's mental health issues similar to those experienced by my stepson. I have CONTINUED working with Washburn because I have learned that they are top in their field, setting standards in children's mental health especially related to the treatment of childhood trauma. They are an extremely well-run organization that provides essential interventions to children that truly turn their lives around. Washburn's services SAVE THE COMMUNITY MONEY by improving troubled children's ability to live normal, productive lives vs. failing in school and entering the juvenile justice system. The earlier a child receives help for behavioral and emotional problems, the better their prognosis and ability to turn their lives around. Washburn works closely with families to involve parents in their children's mental health by improving parenting skills and linking to other necessary family services. Washburn provides services to families at all levels of society--suburban, urban, poor and well-to-do. They are a crucial community resource.

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

the volunteer work that I do.

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About every month

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2010-6-01

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8 people found this review helpful

I have worked at a variety of non-profits, and Washburn stands out. I truly haven't seen another local non-profit that acts so congruently with its mission. It is a fact that, without Washburn's leadership in the field, the entire local children's mental health scene would deteriorate.

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

seeing how Washburn addresses social justice concerns in action-- not just words.

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

Build another clinic and serve thousands more families.

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About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-6-01

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9 people found this review helpful

Washburn provides much need assistance to families and children in need of dire help. Despite the unique challenges each child struggles with, the professionals at Washburn work with the child to overcome their difficulties. From my experience the staff is excellent and passionate about improving and forever altering the lives the children and their families.

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

working with children in early and late stages of treatment. The progress in areas such as self-regulation of emotions, impulse control, and aggressive behaviors is outstanding.

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About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-6-01

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9 people found this review helpful

The Washburn Center for Children is a terrific agency dedicated to helping children overcome trauma and difficult family situations by integrating them into a larger community and by creating positive relationships for the children with caring and reliable adults. The Washburn staff also works directly with families to develop effective parenting and relational strategies. From my limited time at Washburn thus far, it is clearly a great place. The staff, from therapists to administrators, are enthusiastic and passionate about their work. They are incredibly organized and determined to help struggling children and their families.

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

my career goals. I am interested in therapy and social work and Washburn provides an outstanding setting for interns, volunteers, and students to learn about how a well-run mental health agency operates.

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One time

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2010-6-01

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8 people found this review helpful

Washburn is an agency with a strong mission which is truly integrated into the daily work. The staff and supervisors are very good and genuinely seem to care about the services they provide. There is a feeling of integrity throughout the agency.

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About every week

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2010-6-01

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11 people found this review helpful

The final aspect of my master's in counseling and psychology was to complete a year-long internship in the elementary day treatment classroom at Washburn. Many of the children experienced complex trauma or had other emotional and behavioral challenges that made their lives challenging. I was impressed by the individualized and intensive group approach, based on proven treatment practices, to case management we as counselors took to assist each child. Intervention and stabilizion of the child's crisis made peaceful integration into their family, school, and every day life possible.

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

I have personally had an opportunity to work side by side with therapists at Washburn and administer child-specific treatment strategies. Through that work, I have seen children's lives change for the positive which in turn impacts their community.

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One time

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2007-6-01

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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.

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About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-6-01

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