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Minneapolis, MN

Washburn Center for Children

How are students identified as needing services?









Washburn Center's Mission

What assessments does Washburn use to guide healing, resiliency, and learning?

How is Wasburn funded?

Is Washburn utilizing trauma-informed assessments?

How are students/families referred?

How do students/families qualify for Washburn services?

What services are available?

How do local schools utilize Washburn resources?

Washburn Center for Children provides a beacon of hope and support for children and families navigating mental health challenges. With a comprehensive array of services spanning therapy, psychiatric care, trauma-informed interventions, and community outreach, Washburn Center takes a holistic approach to healing and resilience. By integrating evidence-based practices, cultural sensitivity, and a commitment to individualized care, Washburn Center fosters a nurturing environment where children and families can thrive. Through collaboration with schools, healthcare providers, and community organizations, Washburn Center ensures that every child receives the support they need to unlock their potential and lead fulfilling lives. As a trusted leader in children's mental health, Washburn Center continues to make a profound impact, offering hope and healing to the Minneapolis community and beyond.


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Washburn uses a variety of methods to identify students and families that could benefit from their services. Individuals are identified as needing support from a partner of Washburn Center for Children. From there, an application is filled out and the process begins. Whether being referred by a school, a health care professional, a family member, or a community partner, individuals are referred to Washburn Center for Children and placed with the appropriate services once an intake interview has been done. If a family has utilized Washburn Center's services before, they may return for additional support for their child or another family member.

Identifying students & families

Individuals can reach out on their own.

Every year, Washburn Center provides healing mental health care to over 3,800 kids and teens and supports over 11,600 family members (Washburn, n.d.)

Once a student is referred to Washburn Center, their eligibility for services will be determined through an intake process. This includes taking the initial referral into consideration as well as taking assessments and evaluations to gather information about the needs, symptoms, strengths, and goals. From there, students and families are paired with specific services or treatment options that are tailored to individual needs and circumstances.

Qualification for Services

  • Outpatient therapy
  • Family focused therapy
  • Individual therapy
  • Crisis stabilization
  • School-based programs
  • Outreach / Mental Health Training

The mental health care kids receive at Washburn Center for Children is a safety net. Community-based mental health care is for all kids and families who need us, period. When you turn to Washburn Center, you are sharing your most treasured relationships. That is our privilege (Washburn Center, n.d.).

Available Services

Washburn Therapies Offered

All ages (Childhood through 18)

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include a variety of options to support mental health and well-being for patients up to 18 years old.

Services Offered

Services offered

  • Day treatment
  • Therapy services
  • Psychiatric services
  • School-based services
  • Parent education support
  • Trauma-informed care
  • Early childhood services
  • Community outreach

  • Grants from foundations and non-profits
  • Individual donations
  • Corporate sponsorships
  • Fundraising
  • Government contracts
  • Insurance reimbursements

The Washburn Center for Children receives funding from various sources. Funding sources for Washburn Center for Children include:

Center for Children

Funding for Washburn

Why Donors Invest

  • Individual and family therapy through schools
  • Consultation with school administration and parents, including classroom observation and recommendations for early intervention
  • Trainings on children’s mental health for teachers and parents
  • Prevention services to enhance resiliency and general functioning for kids
  • Coordination of services and communication with parents, school staff and other care providers such as pediatricians, psychiatrists, occupational therapists, etc.

Collaboration with Schools: Washburn Center closely collaborates with over 50 local schools, including providing School counselors, psychologists, or administrators as well as working together with school staff to identify students who need support.Community Outreach: Washburn Center engages in community outreach efforts to raise awareness about their services and encourage families to seek help when needed. They also train adults to better serve kids (Washburn, n.d.).

with Washburn Center for Children

School & Community Relationships

Learn & Grow with Washburn

  • Behavioral Assessments may include direct observation as well as rating scales provided by school or family.
  • Developmental Assessments: would evaluate a child's developmental milestones, including feedback from family and healthcare professionals.
  • Educational Assessments evaluate a child's academic abilities and learning needs. This includes standardized tests and observations from the classroom.
  • Social-Emotional Assessments look at a child's ability to regulate their emotions and peer relationships.
  • Diagnostic and Psychological Assessments are used to diagnose mental health conditions or disorders, and may include structured interviews, rating scales, and behavior checklists to gather information about symptoms.

Assessments vary depend on individual need, circumstance, and possible therapy options that would match.


Possible assessments include:

Collaboration with Schools: Washburn Center might collaborate closely with schools in the Minneapolis area. School counselors, psychologists, or administrators may work together with Washburn staff to identify students who need support.

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  • Referrals can come from schools, community partners, healthcare professionals, families, or individuals who want to self-refer.
  • The center's intake team does the necessary documentation.
  • An initial screening is done to determine the urgency of the situation. This is done to prioritze individuals based on need.
  • Assessments are performed to match patients with services.
  • The intake team will communicate results and plans with all necessary parties.
  • Follow-ups are an important part of the process, ensuring that needs are being met.

There is a highly structured process to handle the referrals that come into Washburn Center for Children.

for Washburn Center for Children

Referral Process

Washburn Center for Children has trauma-informed care at the forefront of all they do, and all they stand for. From trauma-informed checklists to trauma history questionnaires upon intake, resilient assessments to cultural backgrounds, the center relies heavily on being trauma-sensitive. Additionally, they provide expert training for mental health professionals and caregivers, to equip and inspire others to provide trauma-informed care.

Trauma Informed Assessment

Washburn Center's Mission

Purpose & Plan

The purpose of this presentation is to introduce Washburn Center, which is located in Minneapolis, MN. The Washburn Center is a support agency who is actively responding to skyrocketing emotional needs and the ever-growing complex demands of the nationwide children’s mental health crisis (Washburn Center, n.d.). Through the use of a variety of services offered, this therapeutic resource can be utilized across environments, ranging from home to school to community.

Washburn Center. (n.d.). About Us. Washburn. https://washburn.org/about-us/