The Intake Process
Our intake coordinator will listen to your concerns and ask questions to determine which services might best fit your needs. You will be asked to describe your child’s behaviors that have caused you, your child’s teacher or daycare provider to be concerned. If you are looking for a specific service that Washburn Center doesn’t offer, the intake coordinator will provide information on other community resources.
The coordinator will work with you to schedule an appointment and also discuss our service fees. As a courtesy, Washburn Center will check your mental health benefits with your health insurance provider so that you understand upfront what your fee for service will be.
Call 612-871-1454 to schedule an appointment.
Your First Appointment
Assessment With the Parent or Caregiver
The first meeting with your therapist typically does not include the child, giving the parent or caregiver the opportunity to talk freely about his/her concerns with the child’s struggles. You may receive assessments or rating scales to take home to help the therapist further understand the child’s behaviors.
Your Second Appointment
Assessment With the Child
During a family’s second appointment, the therapist may meet together with the parent and child and/or with the child alone to continue the assessment, hear the child’s concerns and observe his/her behavior. This is often done by interacting through play and casual conversation to make the child as comfortable as possible.
Reviewing the Assessment, Creating a Shared Plan and Working Together
The information from the first two sessions helps the therapist complete an assessment and develop an individualized treatment plan that takes into account both the child’s strengths and struggles. The assessment and plan will help guide the work you and your child will do together with your Washburn Center therapist.