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  

7 people found this review helpful

As both a former client of Washburn and as a past board member, I have experienced directly the capabilities of Washburn and witnessed the excellent results the organization achieves for its clients. Washburn staff is passionate about helping everyone of its clients address their challenges in a sensitive and caring way.

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

My wife and I sought out help at Washburn with our son when he was in grade school for ADHD. Washburn finally got us the diagnosis and help that we needed to help our son.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

1999-1-01

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4 people found this review helpful

There is no organization better than Washburn at helping troubled children and their parents gain, or regain, the ability to lead lives of normalcy.

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

fulfilling my responsibilities as a director.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

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6 people found this review helpful

Washburn is a fantastic organization! It has made a huge impact in the community. They bring tremendous support to those that are in need.

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

They make a huge impact in the community.

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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6 people found this review helpful

Washburn is a pillar i the community of children's mental health. Not only do they give hope to many children and families in a direct way, they also work hard at educating other health providers and the community on the hard issues of mental health. Any family that has a child suffering from mental health knows what it is like to feel helpless and unsure of what to do and where to go. Washburn helps families cope and heal.

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

many ways - through stories from families, through the employees that care so much about the kids they help and through direct help of our son.

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

make more people aware of what Washburn does. Children's mental health is a tough topic to tackle and discuss. If more people knew what Washburn did, we could help more children.

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

understanding what they do to help children. It is amazing!

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

kind, considerate, caring, intelligent and dedicated to Washburn.

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

help fund a new facility to serve more children.

Ways to make it better...

I had more time to give.

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

ensuring funds to continue to serve children

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

we have an opportunity to help our community not be fearful of mental health. Washburn tackles mental health in an understandable, educational and helpful way.

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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8 people found this review helpful

I am a member of the board of trustees for Washburn for over 4 years and am very impressed with what they bring to the community in services and expert therapists. There is dedication to improving the lives of the children in the communites they serve.

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

hearing from the many clinicians at our meetings about the difference they make in the lives of children in the community.

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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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.

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

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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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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8 people found this review helpful

Washburn is a great local institution that does a huge amount of good in our community with a small budget. Five years ago, we put a new strategic plan in place. Since then, we have increased the number of children and families we serve by nearly 60%. Just as importantly, we have become a center of excellence for children's mental health. We are also training the next generation of clinicians in the best practices that have been developed here. I am very proud to be a part of Washburn.

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

Hundreds of ways... As a board member, I occasionally attend case consultations in order to stay connected to the work of the agency. I am amazed at how much affect our clinicians are able to have in situations that seem impossible.

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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