Steve has served as CEO of Washburn Center since 1987 and has been a leader in shaping children’s mental health policy in Minnesota. He has served on the board of the Minnesota Association of Community Mental Health Programs, the steering committee of the Minnesota Mental Health Action Group (MHAG) and co-led the development of Minnesota Children’s Mental Health Partnership. He currently serves as a Trustee of the Unemployment Services Trust, a national organization. Steve has a Masters in Health Administration (emphasis in mental health administration) from the University of Minnesota and a B.S. in Sociology from St. John’s University. Prior to joining Washburn Center, he was the executive director at Storefront/Youth Action, a suburban youth counseling agency, for 13 years. In 2012, Steve was honored with the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits’ Transformational Leader Award and is the 2012-2013 Executive Leadership Fellow at the University of Minnesota’s Center for Integrative Leadership. In 2014 Steve was named in the Minnesota Business Magazine’s The (Real) Power 50 list which recognizes influential business people in Minnesota.
Before joining Washburn Center’s leadership team in 2009, Kate worked in a variety of roles for Hearthstone of Minnesota, including the Quality Assurance Coordinator, Director of Human Resources and Director of Program Operations. Kate graduated from St. Mary’s College of Notre Dame with a B.A.. After several years as a youth counselor in a residential treatment center, she earned a Masters of Social Work from the University of St. Thomas/College of St. Catherine in 2007.
As Washburn Center’s clinical director, Arlene provides clinical oversight and supervision for all of Washburn Center’s programs. Arlene has worked at Washburn Center for Children since 1992 and is an experienced clinician and administrator. A graduate of Columbia University, she has served as an assistant unit chief on an acute adolescent inpatient unit and supervisor of inpatient therapists and crisis therapists in an emergency room and day hospital program. Her broad experience also includes being a therapist on an adolescent inpatient unit, in a residential treatment facility, in outpatient mental health settings and in private practice. Arlene was named Social Worker of the Year in 2003 by the National Association of Social Workers, Minnesota Chapter.
Linda provides oversight of Washburn Center’s fundraising and communication initiatives for the annual fund and capital campaign. Prior to joining Washburn’s Leadership Team in 2008, Linda served as the Director of Development at Catholic Charities of St. Paul and Minneapolis where she provided leadership for individual and institutional fund raising activities. Linda also served as the Executive Director of the Minnesota 4-H Foundation, where she oversaw the development and execution of the foundation’s strategic and operational activities. Prior to relocating to the Twin Cities, she served 10 years on the leadership team at United Way of Weld County in Greeley, Colorado as Campaign Director. Linda has a B.S. in Education from Colorado State University.
Tom has worked at Washburn Center for Children since 1996, initially as a therapist, program manager and trainer, providing therapeutic services for children with severe emotional and behavioral problems, and doing training and consultation with schools, families and community agencies. He became Program Director in 2001 and moved into the role of Chief Operating Officer in 2010. A graduate of the University of Minnesota with a Masters in Counseling and Student Personnel Psychology, Tom has presented nationally and locally on treating child trauma and aggression, developing and sustaining school-based mental health services and performance-based compensation. He has given presentations to the National Council on Community Behavioral Health, the Minnesota Association for Children’s Mental Health, the University of Minnesota’s Lessons from the Field Series and the National School-based Mental Health conferences.
Doug Will joined Washburn Center for Children as Chief Financial Officer in February of 2014. Doug has more than 20 years of experience in health care management and financial leadership. His career has focused primarily in the non-profit sector, including twelve years as Vice-President of Finance for Hazelden Foundation. His educational background includes a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, OK and a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis, MN.
Dr. Bettin has 15 years of post-graduate experience treating children, adolescents and adults. She obtained her MSW from the University of MN and her PsyD from the Minnesota School of Professional Psychology after completing an APA-accredited predoctoral internship at Johns Hopkins University Counseling Center. Dr. Bettin returned to Washburn Center in 2014 as Outpatient Supervisor and previously worked at Washburn Center (1999-2008) in the Outreach, Day Treatment, and Infant Toddler/Family Focused Programs providing therapy and supervision. Her areas of clinical interest include: trauma, identity issues, attachment and development, suicidality, EMDR, mindfulness, psychodynamic and multicultural approaches to treatment, supervision, and psychological assessment.
When Theresa joined Washburn Center for Children in 2007, she brought a wealth of therapeutic experience from other settings, including emergency shelters, residential treatment and outpatient programs. Theresa was a therapist in Washburn Center’s Day Treatment program for five years before becoming an Assistant Supervisor of the Case Management Program in 2012. She is trained in the Developmental Repair Model and in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. She enjoys helping children with trauma histories and school difficulties learn to how trust, ask for help when needed and discover what makes them unique. Theresa earned a degree in psychology from Monmouth College and a Masters in Social Work from Loyola University in Chicago.
Jenny has worked in a variety of roles since joining Washburn Center in 2003. Jenny’s past experience includes elementary day treatment, in-home individual and family therapy, school-based individual and group therapy, children’s mental health case management, outpatient therapy and providing therapeutic services at a homeless shelter. She received her Bachelors degree in Social Work and Family Studies from St. Olaf College and her Masters in Social Work from the University of St. Thomas/College of St. Catherine. She began supervising the Case Management team in 2008 and the Intensive In-Home team in 2013. Her areas of expertise include helping children who are severely emotionally disturbed, providing wrap around services for children and families who have been exposed to trauma and providing in-home family therapy. Jenny’s trained in EMDR (eye movement desensitization reprocessing) and has a passion for treating the family as a whole in order to assist with long term and holistic healing.
Dr. Cohen joined Washburn Center in 2000 and has worked as an Outpatient Therapist, Day Treatment Supervisor and currently as the Outpatient Supervisor. Dr. Cohen obtained her PhD from Adelphi University and completed her predoctoral internship and fellowship at Hennepin County Medical Center. She then worked for over three years at the Eisemenger Learning Center/Wilder Foundation, where she provided therapy, case management and school consultation services for children identified as severely emotionally disturbed. Her areas of clinical interest include: DC: 0-3 (a diagnostic model for identifying mental health challenges and developmental disorders in infants and toddlers), therapy with young children, EMDR (eye movement desensitization reprocessing), adult psychotherapy, trauma and attachment dynamics.
Beth joined Washburn Center for Children in 2008 as a school based therapist in the Eden Prairie schools and became the co-supervisor of Washburn Center’s School-based program in Summer 2013. In addition to her school based work at Washburn, Beth previously worked in a school based program in Lincoln, Nebraska. Beth’s other experiences include day treatment therapist (individual, family, group work), treatment manager at a residential facility, completing court ordered assessments with adolescents involved in the juvenile justice system, and providing individual and family work at part of a voluntary county program. Beth is trained in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to help children experiencing trauma. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from the College of St. Scholastica. Her Master’s degree was completed at the joint University of St. Thomas/College of St. Catherine’s Social Work program.
Sarah joined Washburn Center in 2006 providing in-home, crisis-based therapy to families. She then transitioned to case management and helped implement the Intensive Community Based Services program as well as provided targeted case management services. She became a supervisor in the Case Management Program in 2009 and provides both individual and group supervision to staff. Sarah earned her Masters in Social Work from the University of Southern California and worked in residential, outpatient and hospital settings prior to her employment at Washburn. Additionally, she is trained in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and has attained a Certificate in Trauma Studies through the University of Minnesota School of Social Work.
Joel joined Washburn Center in 2011 and has more than five years of experience providing therapy to children and their families. His experience includes working with children in day treatment, outpatient, residential and case management services. He utilizes Developmental Repair, a treatment model that was developed at Washburn Center for Children, for working with children and their families struggling with the effects of trauma. Joel received his Masters of Social Work from the University of St. Thomas/St. Catherine University. His professional interests include the impact of early childhood trauma, stress biology and attachment.
Kathy is a former elementary school teacher and mental health practitioner of 30 years. She has been the supervisor of the Outreach program for 10 years, having served as Washburn Center’s Northwest site supervisor from 1996-2002, overseeing the early childhood programs of Family Focused and Day Treatment. Kathy has a Masters Degree in counseling psychology from Central Connecticut State University. She has been an active member of Northwest and West Suburban Interagency Early Childhood Intervention Committees and former member of the Children’s Mental Health Collaborative in the northwest corner.
Natalie joined Washburn Center in 2005 and worked as a therapist in Washburn Center’s Day Treatment program for two years before becoming the Family Focused supervisor in 2007. Natalie’s experience includes providing therapeutic services to children in crisis, preschool day treatment, in-home family and individual therapy, play therapy, providing ABA (Applied Behavioral Analysis) therapy to children with autism, school based therapy with children from grades K-8 and outpatient therapy. Natalie has also completed training in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) and DC: 0-3 (a diagnostic model for identifying mental health challenges and developmental disorders in infants and toddlers). She received her Bachelors degree in Psychology and her Masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Saint Mary’s University. In September 2011, Natalie started the University of Minnesota’s intensive, three-year Certificate Program in Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health.
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Dr. Krahn has worked at Washburn Center since 2000 and greatly enjoys both the training component as well as direct client care in her work as the supervisor of Washburn’s Predoctoral Psychology Internship Program and outpatient therapist. Dr. Krahn received her BA in Psychology from Hamline University and her PsyD from the Minnesota School of Professional Psychology in 2000. She completed her American Psychological Association-accredited predoctoral internship at Crestwood Children’s Center in Rochester, New York. She has committed her career to the assessment and treatment of children, adolescents and families within a community mental health setting. She has specialized training in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to help children experiencing trauma.
Kathleen has worked at Washburn Center for Children for 19 years, and has over 25 years of experience working with youth, their families and their communities. Kathleen obtained her Masters degree in social work from Columbia University School of Social Work in New York and has worked clinically in New York, Minneapolis and Chicago. At Washburn, she helped develop the Crisis Stabilization Program as well as a collaborative school-based program. Kathleen’s areas of expertise include: children who are severely emotionally disturbed, depression in adults and children, individual and family therapy, providing therapy to families in their homes, parenting and working with children and adults who’ve experienced sexual abuse. She is a certified EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) therapist.
Lauren joined Washburn Center in 2002 and served as supervisor of the Day Treatment Program from 2006 – 2013 before focusing on her new role as Clinical Trainer and Outpatient Therapist. Lauren has more than a decade of experience providing therapy to adults, children, groups and families who are struggling with the effects of trauma as an in-home family therapist and day treatment therapist. She utilizes Developmental Repair, a treatment model that was developed at Washburn Center for Children, and trains other clinicians in the model. Lauren is also trained in DC: 0-3 (a diagnostic model for identifying mental health challenges and developmental disorders in infants and toddlers). She obtained her Masters of Social Work from the University of Minnesota and is currently in the Infant Mental Health Certificate Program in the University of Minnesota Institute of Child Development.
Kara joined Washburn Center in 2007 as a clinician in both the Outpatient program and the Child Development Policing program, a collaborative program with the Minneapolis Police Department, University of Minnesota, DAP and Tubman providing psycho-education and support to families whose children had recently witnessed violence. Kara received her Masters of Social Work from the University of Michigan and worked in treatment foster care, residential treatment for parenting adolescents and the St Paul Public School system prior to joining Washburn Center. Kara is trained in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and professional interests include anxiety disorders, attachment work, cognitive behavioral therapy, adolescent development and emancipation issues and trauma. Kara is currently a co-supervisor of Washburn’s School-based program.
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Matt has nearly 10 years of post-graduate experience treating children, groups and families through in-home, outpatient and milieu therapy. He specializes in the treatment of children and family experiencing severe social, emotional and behavioral challenges. Matt utilizes Developmental Repair, a treatment model that was developed at Washburn Center for Children, and trains other clinicians in the model. He earned his MA from Bethel University and is currently a PhD candidate in the Family Social Science department at the University of Minnesota. His research focuses on both clinical intervention models from a family systems perspective and the evaluation of children’s mental health services.
Laura joined Washburn Center for Children in 2008 as a Day Treatment therapist. Laura utilizes Developmental Repair, a treatment model that was developed at Washburn Center for Children, for working with children and their families struggling with the effects of trauma. In 2013, Laura transitioned to Washburn Center’s School-based program where she provided mental health services in two north Minneapolis public schools. Laura returned to the Day Treatment program as an Assistant Supervisor in 2015. Laura received her Masters of Social Work at the University of Minnesota. Her professional interests include early childhood trauma and the impact of trauma on family systems.
Ann joined Washburn Center for Children in 2010 as a school-based therapist in the Minneapolis schools. She began her transition into an assistant supervisor role for the School-based program in August 2014. Prior to her work as a school-based therapist, Ann was a mental health practitioner/professional providing school-based services in Pierz, Minnesota. She also has previous experience providing in-home family services and day treatment services in a preschool mental health program. She received her Masters of Social Work from a joint program offered at the College of Saint Catherine/University of St. Thomas. In addition, Ann is specialized in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
Dr. Shah has worked at Washburn since 2007. She started at Washburn through a postdoctoral fellowship and then went on to become an outpatient therapist and the assistant supervisor of Washburn’s Predoctoral Psychology Internship Program. Dr. Shah received her BS in Child Psychology from the University of Minnesota and her PsyD in Clinical Psychology form the Minnesota School of Professional Psychology in 2007. She completed her American Psychological Association accredited internship at Canvas Health in Minneapolis. She has specialized training in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy. Her professional interests include: mindfulness, play therapy, multicultural dynamics, development, trauma, attachment dynamics and training/supervision.
Pamela began working at Washburn Center for Children in 1994 as an in-home family advocate/clinician helping children and families at Four Wind School. Pamela became an in-home clinician with the Home Front program and in 2002 helped develop Washburn’s Crisis Stabilization program. At the program’s start, Pamela was the only clinician providing crisis services throughout the metro. Pamela has helped oversee the program’s expansion and is the assistant supervisor of the nine clinicians in the program. Pamela attended Metro State University.
Sara joined Washburn Center for Children in 2014. She received her Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from Minnesota School of Professional Psychology in 2003 and her Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology from Argosy University/Minnesota School of Professional Psychology in 2006. Sara is certified in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral as both a clinician and supervisor. Sara has also completed the advanced DC: 0-3 training (a diagnostic manual for identifying mental health challenges and development disorders in infants and toddlers). She recently completed the University of Minnesota’s Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Certificate Program – receiving and developing a mid-level competency in Reflective Consultation. She will complete training in Trauma-Informed Child Parent Psychotherapy in the Fall of 2014. Sara’s experience includes providing therapeutic services to children and their families in a variety of settings including in-home, office, head start, school, and community. She specializes in working with young children who are experiencing significant stressors that are negatively impacting their developmental progress.