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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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

I was amazed by the spectrum of work Wasburn is serving to the community. Althoug I was involved only for a short period of time, I learned so many things about the mental health issues and what kind of challanges they can provide to its clients and Washburn as well. It is really important for and organization like this one to serve and provide resources to ones who need it the most. Although it may not be easy task, I do believe they they do helps to build better, more aware and well educated society.

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

It made more aware citizen and realize how important it is to give a chance to everyone.

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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5 people found this review helpful

A family member of mine spent 32 years working as a special ed. instructor who then gravitated toward the specific needs and study of children with Asperger. She mentioned how she had recommended Washburn to a number of parents and children during the span of her career and couldn't say enough positive things about the people who work there. Since there has always been a shortage of special ed teachers in general, she relied heavily on the support of Washburn and is truly grateful they exist as an option for help.

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

I made a visit twice to the Mpls. facility and witnessed a very positive feeling toward the staff. They appear to have a very professional attitude towards anyone who walks through the door.

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

Build a brighter, and larger facility. The staff has great ability in terms of their professional experience in terms of therapy, however a space that is more conducive to healing would carry their efforts a lot further.

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

how professional the staff is and am thankful for their cause. Healthy behavior helps everyone and anyone far and wide.

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

very knowledgeable, professional, and real.

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

build a facility with many windows, a colorful interior, any architectural element structured for learning and nurturing. I would assume they would be able to hire more staff to fit the needs of so many families in need of their services.

Ways to make it better...

My experience was great.

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

lack of community support in terms of dollars.

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

thank goodness a facility like this exists. As I mentioned earlier, healthy, sound minds are better for people in the surrounding community, state-wide, world-wide. Thanks for all you do and continue to do.

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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4 people found this review helpful

I can say for sure that they are an organization with a long history of helping kids and families in our community succeed in their lives. Their staff is professional and passionate about the kids and families they serve. Washburn is a leader in their field and an asset to the community.

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

the community.

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One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-6-01

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7 people found this review helpful

Having experienced emotional and physical trauma as a child, i applaud the efforts of Washburn Center to make the difference in the lives of children. As an adult, being able to look back at one's childhood and make strides towards making a postive difference in the lives of other's children is an inspiration and a joy. Washburn makes this opportunity a tangible one. Building stronger communities takes caring, nuturing and supporting one child at a time, I'm thankful that Washburn has such a dedicated staff to ensure this support continues for another 127 years.

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

connecting with a nonprofit that shares my core values and makes those values a strategic part of their active mission.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

Washburn Center For Children is an amazing organization. Minnesota is a better place because of all of the tremendous resources Washburn offers.

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

I have met the senior leadership and some of the board members and volunteers.

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

The passionate staff.

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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6 people found this review helpful

This orginazation is filled with talented, passionate people dedicated to enrich the lives of children and families in our area. The lives touched by these people will forever change their paths and the guidence and support will reverberate throughout the years to come.

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

my life path

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-4-01

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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.

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One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-6-01

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8 people found this review helpful

I have gotten to know the outstanding work of Washburn Center for Children by designing marketing materials for them over the past several years. I've learned so much about their mission and the people they serve through this work. They provide a crucial service to the children in our community who are struggling with social, emotional, and behavioral problems. I'm honored to have the opportunity to help share their success stories with as many people as possible. I'm continually inspired by their dedication to helping kids experience happier childhoods.

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

through testimonies from those who have benefited from their services.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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11 people found this review helpful

My family and our son's teachers worked for a year with an advisor from Washburn. The advisor spent time in our son's classroom, then advised his teachers and my spouse and I during numerous sessions over the year. The Washburn advisor was extremely thorough and patient, offering all kinds of useful insights for both parents and teachers. She was courteous and patient with all of us, and often provided helpful email reminders outside of our scheduled routine. I could see how our son's teachers appreciated and applied advice from the Washburn team member--the additional perspective and outside expertise was welcomed and used to great effect with all the students in the class. The Washburn approach provided very real, positive impact on our son and his classroom for which we are extremely grateful.

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

classroom settings and at home.

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

Their candor. Their patience and willingness to elaborate in terms I understand.

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

Professional and thorough.

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

Have a profound effect on children and families in the Twin Cities.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-6-01

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9 people found this review helpful

The types of services Washburn offers far exceeds most organizations. Families with mental health issues have a wonderful resource for their families.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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