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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Community Mental Health Centers, Mental Health, Mental Health & Crisis Intervention, Mental Health Disorders, Mental Health Treatment

Mission: Washburn Center for Children's mission is to nurture every child and family's well being and full potential through transformative children's mental health care.

Target demographics: Washburn Center 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: more than 3,600 children and approximately 10,100 families

Programs: Outpatient Therapy, School-based Therapy, Outreach, Intensive In-Home, Case Management, Crisis Stabilization, Family Focused and Day Treatment

Community Stories

128 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Ros B.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The staff at Washburn made the quality of life for my child eons better. Our case manager Jane A goes above and beyond the call of duty. We are always treated in a respectful way! I don't want to think about what we would do with out the outstanding staff at Washburn!

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!!!

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

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!!

3

Former staff

Rating: 5

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.

2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

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.

2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

1

Former Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

When I worked at St. Joseph's Home for Children I became aware of the many children in the community that suffer from mental health. During this time it also became apparent how complicated children's mental health is. Recently an employee at Washburn explained the in depth training required to work at Washburn. Tell your story here and help others understand this charity

5

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

In a world where increased demand for services is often met with decreased funding, thus leading to lack of availability of services, it is refreshing to see Washburn providing these vital interventions for the most vulnerable members of our society. Washburn's mission gives confidence to children, hope to their parents, and enables all of them to give back to society more effectively in the long-run. The Twin Cities are so blessed to have these services available to their citizens.

Review from Guidestar

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful organization with a great staff. They use effective trtreatent models that focus on many facets of a child's life.

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Washburn does amazing work with children and families who otherwise most likely would not get their mental health needs met. I especially appreciate their culturally relevant services for families of color when most other counseling services do not have this expertise.

2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Bloomington Public Schools in collaboration with Fairview, Children's Dental Services, and Washburn Center for Children has opened a clinic in one of the District's Early Chilhdood Family Center site which I am coordinator. Washburn has a psychologist on site serving children 0 to 5. The psychologist has been wonderful in her involvement with our students and families including being open and effective with referrals made by teachers or through our early childhood screening process. Parents and staff have expressed many times how much help they have received from asking questions of the psychologist, having her visit their classrooms to do observations, talking to parents, and advising. Before when a concern about a child arised we had only early childhood special education for support which did not always meet the particular emotional/social needs of certain children. Now ECSE and Washburn work very close together in meeting needs for the very young children and thier parents. On behalf of staff and parents we applaud Washburn!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Washburn Center for Children is an amazing resource in our community. They have helped so many children and families and deserve our continuing support.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This was the first year that I volunteered at a Washburn event and I was so impressed with the level of professionalism of the staff and the exceptional organization of the event. Not to mention the enthusiasm of the other volunteers and their ability to raise additional money at the event through fun and rewarding activities (live auction, skills contests, etc) If Washburn needs volunteers at any of their events - I will be there!

1

Former Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the best internship at this amazing organization and am very thankful for the experience. Washburn provides high quality services for children and families. It was clear that the staff are passionate about their work. For the staff, Washburn provides great supervision, a happy and healthy atmosphere, and top notch on-going professional training.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our school has developed a collaboration with Washburn Child Guidance Center. This collaborative partnership allows several of our school families to have access to the guidance, therapy, and resources that they can benefit from in leading a healthier life. Students often make gains academically at school which we feel comes as a result of them receiving the outside support that they need. The support continues for our school families through the summer so that students do not loose this valuable connection.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I donated gifts to a family for Christmas. It was part of the Washburn adopt a family Christmas program. It is a great program that allows families to provide gifts to their kids. A lot of families wouldn't be able to afford Christmas gifts.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My daughter was on staff at WCFC as a social worker. Her teammates and the amount of support she received to fill her needs were a testament to the Org Chart and the high standards of care WCFC embodies. Because her needs/suggestions were honored, she could concentrate her efforts on number 1: kids.

1

Former staff

Rating: 5

I was at Washburn as a member of staff for three and a half years, working in a support role with several of the organisation's therapy and day treatment programs. My experience was of an organisation staffed by highly committed clinicians working with children and parents facing multiple challenges in their lives - and of similarly committed support staff maximisisg limited resources in a complex, ever-changing funding environment. Washburn has unique qualities as organisation. It fosters a positive, friendly atmosphere, enabling children and families to make progress in their lives on many levels as well as supporting teachers and the school system generally. Bringing to bear the latest academic research and available data, Washburn has also pioneered innovative approaches to many problems in the area of children's mental health.

9

Former staff

Rating: 5

My experience at Washburn was extraordinary. Washburn is a supportive and ever evolving environment that works with employees to build skills, knowledge, community awareness and support. The services at Washburn are geared toward helping the entire family to heal from painful events and to access the coping and support to build a better future. Washburn's focus on continued education and collaboration between professionals is outstanding. Washburn is an organization that offers real help to children, families and community!

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I support Washburn for the following reasons: 1. My daughter received assessment services when she was in 3rd grade. 2. I am a teacher who had three students receive day treatment services from Washburn from 1992 through 1999. Washburn is one of the few places that offers exceptional treatment for at risk students. 3. I am currently teaching at a school that has a full time psychologist from Washburn Child Guidance Center for the past two years on staff. (This was made possible by a grant.)

1

Former staff

Rating: 5

Washburn is an amazing facility grounded on helping children and their families become the individual and families they would like to be by helping them with the issues that are getting in the way of these goals.

4

Donor

Rating: 4

At one of the events I attended there was speakers that told of all of the good the Washburn Center had done. The Washburn Center seems to do a great deal of good for te community.

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Washburn Center for Children is an excellent resource for children and families in the metropolitan area. They work to be on the leading edge of new research and models of practice in the field.

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

Wasburn is an excellent partner collaborating with other community agencies and projects. Their leadership, organization and commitment to children makes them an outstanding agency to work with.

1

Former staff

Rating: 5

I worked at Washburn for nearly 17 years, and before that I was a volunteer there for several years. I often run into former clients - they come up to me, not vice versa, as that would not be professional - to thank me, report on how well their children are doing years later, and tell me what a fine experience they had had while their children and their families were being served at Washburn. A wonderful organization, and I continue to support it financially to this day - many years later, after retiring - and hope otherwill do the same.!

8

Client Served

Rating: 5

Washburn, their staff and services are extremely professional and flexible. They have worked with our school district providing direct clinical mental health service in all of our school settings. We are a district of over 10,000 students. They collaborate with our schools staff to assist students and families in the area of students mental health needs providing assessment and service in a timely manner, much faster than any "medical referrals". Turn around time for a referral is 10 days -2 weeks. A medical referral can take 6 months. In addition they provide staff development for the school staff in the area of children's mental health and family therapy when needed. The will also coordinate with other county agencies and refer for more extensive service as needed. We have been developing this program with them for several years and can say nothing but good about our partnership.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was fortunate to have two years of training at Washburn. Those two years helped me grow immensely in my professional identity, due to the excellent supervision and the opportunities afforded to me. I have worked in other agencies since then, and continue to be impressed with the quality of Washburn's services compared to other providers across the country. Washburn's staff truly cares for their clients and for each other. The agency is dedicated to helping children and their families grow and change, and is dedicated to creating a great atmosphere for staff. I would highly recommend Washburn to clients and to future employees!

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have a family member who works at Washburn. Through the years I have been updated on changes, curriculums, stories, etc. This center is so lucky to have this employee, she has incredible patience with children, and I'm sure is making a difference in so many kids lives.

1

Former staff

Rating: 5

I worked at Washburn Center for Children for 27 years. I watched the organization triple in staff size over the years. The quality and dedication of the staff at the agency was outstanding. I saw the staff treat children with increasing problems over the years. The agency grew and expanded to provide services in offsite locations and in some public schools. The agency has a wonderful reputation and strong leadership.

5

Former staff

Rating: 5

I began working at Washburn following graduation from my doctoral program in clinical psychology and practiced there for 9 years. While I am now in private practice, I maintain close professional ties with the agency both through referrals and collaboration, as well as, through participation in training and supervision opportunities. Washburn provides high quality mental health services within the Twin Cities community and outstanding training for professionals in the field.

5

Client Served

Rating: 4

As a child care provider, I have sought advice and guidance from the experts at Washburn a few times over the years. The suggestions they made worked well and it was great to have someone to reach out to for support when experiencing challenges with a child. Recently I have been caring for the child of a single mother with little confidence in her parenting skills. She has participated in a parenting program offered by Washburn which has helped her a great deal. A representative from Washburn even came to the childcare center where I work to observe the child's behavior in his normal surroundings and to document his developmental progress. The mom and child are doing very well.

5

Former Volunteer

Rating: 5

Working at Washburn was one of the most formative experiences of my career. After a full year assisting in the preschool day treatment program, I knew, without question, that working with this population of children was what I wanted to continue doing in life. The staff that I worked with were inspiring, supportive, and extremely dedicated. This includes the therapists, special education teachers, administrators, and support staff. I cannot thank each of them enough for all that they give and all that I learned from them. I gained the most, however, from the amazing children that I had the pleasure of working with. To see such young, vulnerable children grow and develop so quickly and confidently was incredible. Their smiles, laughter, and remarkable transformation was a constant reminder of how much hope and promise there is for change among this population of special children. Indefinite thanks to Washburn!

5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been able to learn about some of the inns and outs of Washburn as I get to know the staff. These are some of the most dedicated, organized, and talented people in their field. Washburn is an excellently organized non-profit, offering a wealth of staff development opportunities, and a deep, genuine sense of care for its clients.

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Washburn does amazing work with children. I have seen first hand how staff put their hearts and souls into helping children heal and lead happier and more fully functioning lives.

8

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I loved going to Washburn and really enjoyed both the staff and the children I had the pleasure of working with. My time at Washburn inspired me to continue in school to become a Marriage and Family Therapist! Washburn was so passionate about helping families and I think they deserve this grant a thousand times over for all the wonderful work they do!

7

Former Volunteer

Rating: 5

Washburn is an amazing organization that helps families and children thrive. As an intern there, I was fortunate to learn from the amazing clinicians that provide the support and coping strategies that children and families need. This is a great agency!

6

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a teacher in North Minneapolis. Over the past several years I have had a few children who needed more social services then the school could offer. The students of mine who attended Washburn for part of their school day have really come around socially. They are more able to deal with stressful situations and are beginning to find a peaceful balance between home, school, and community.

6

Former Volunteer

Rating: 4

Throughout my internship at Washburn, I was amazed by the work they do for children. Watching children develop the skills they need to function in their chaotic worlds was so wonderful. Washburn is a fantastic and important organization for Minnesota.

6

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son's and our whole family's life was profoundly changed as a result of the guidance we received from Washburn.After trying multiple resources who dismissed or could not define what our son's challenges were, the caring staff at Washburn properly diagnosed our son's ADHA and learning disorders, and then found us the ideal team that helped our son to reach his full potential. As a result of their guidance, our son worked with the right people, found the right school and has become a well rounded, successful young man who is currently a Fulbright Scholar.

8

Former Volunteer

Rating: 5

Washburn Center for Children provides a number of crucial services using innovative interventions to create positive and lasting change in the lives of numerous children in the Twin Cities.

3

Former staff

Rating: 5

Washburn Child Guidance has always provided stellar service to children and families in need at fees that coexist with the family's financial picture. The dedication of the staff and professionals is inspiring. Additionally, a friend's child receives care from one of Washburn's fine psychologists and has greatly improved his behavior and his exchanges with his peer group.

5

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a parent who has had difficulties getting help for my child with developmental delays. I had a very wonderful, caring experience at Washburn and together we were able to help my child grow and develop past her most significant problems. I highly recommend this agency.

5

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a school social worker and have found that the services that our school based Washburn mental health practitioner are invaluable. Positively impacting the lives of our students both socially and academically and their families who are facing difficult and complex issues.

6

Former staff

Rating: 5

I worked for Washburn for over a decade in several different programs. During that time, I witnessed the tremendous impact that Washburn's services have on children and families. As a therapist in private practice, I continue to refer children and families to Washburn. I still frequently hear positive feedback from families who have been at Washburn and from other service providers in the community. Washburn makes a difference in the lives of children and families facing complex difficulties and in need of comprehensive services.

6

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I work in a school setting and the clinic has helped numerous families with school age children and have improved the child's school success socially and academically and the families have become more involved with the school. Excellent rating!

5

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a school counselor in the metro area and I attest to the terrific impact that Washburn makes on the lives of children and their families. They are a wonderful organization and they deserve all of our full support.

6

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Our company adopted a Family for Christmas through Washburn Child Guidance Center. The family was gracious for the generous gifts.

7

Donor

Rating: 5

Washburn gives encouragement and hope to families in need. Their caring and competent staff gives children and families in crisis the caring and knowledgeable support they need to deal with their circumstances in a healthy way.

6

Former staff

Rating: 5

After working for a few years in the community for another non-profit, I frequently heard stories from coworkers and clients regarding Washburn's stellar reputation. I knew it was a place I wanted to get involved with. Once I had an opportunity to volunteer and later work at Washburn, it far exceeded even my idea of an organization. The way Washburn is run, the way they deliver services, and the devoted, dedicated, and knowledgeable folks who work there truly make it an exemplary place for supporting children and families. If I had a question regarding a case, not only the staff in my specific program, but across all program areas at Washburn were willing to meet to form a plan for the child and family.

5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Washburn is an amazing organization that serves all families regardless of their financial situation. They work with families to help with support for their needs. They are a solutions oriented organization.

6

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Washburn has the best reputation for providing mental health services to kids in the Twin City metropolitan area. The staff is highly energetic and committed to their jobs. The clients are happy with the services they receive, which may be in a day treatment classroom, in-home, at the child's school or in the office. If you are a parent seeking assessment of, or help with your child because they are off-track developmentally in some way with their peer group, Washburn should be a first thought.

6

Client Served

Rating: 5

As a classroom teacher Washburn serviced students in my classroom. With their intervention these students were able to become productive members of our classroom. Unhappy students were able to make friends and increase their reading and math scores. Unfocused students were able to focus for important parts of their day. The family intervention proved to be the most important...before the intervention this student had to be removed from learning situations...after Washburn involvement the student was able to use learned strategies to remain in specific learning situations.

5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

5

Donor

Rating: 5

My daughter works at Washburn, and through her I've met of the Washburn employees and have heard about the wonderful work that Washburn does. They provide education and support for families who are the most needy; not only in financial terms, but needy in terms of the help they need to be better parents. I work for Regions Hospital in St. Paul, MN, and for past 2 years we have helped by donating holiday gifts. We feel really good about donating to such a worthy organization.

5

Former staff

Rating: 5

I had the privilege of working for Washburn for many years. The organization's commitment to serving the community is legendary. The leadership there expects excellence out of their staff and the staff do not disappoint. This organization works to provide a positive outcome for every client who walks their doors. The outstanding training provided for hundreds of staff and interns over the years have most likely provided positive outcomes for clients they haven't met. Go Team Washburn!!!

6

Client Served

Rating: 5

I cannot say enough good things about Washburn -- the competence of its counseling staff, the ease with which the scheduling and insurance process work, the welcoming feel of the facility -- my kids were helped immensely!

5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered at Washburn's annual golf event. It was a great day. Lisa and all her co-workers did a great job planning the event. It ran so smoothly. My husband was able to golf at the event and had a wonderul time. What a great way to raise money, play golf, and help kids in the process. Great Job Everyone!!!