Our gardens are producing food and increased social competencies!!!
This summer we expanded our services to include the Twin Cities metro location with our clinic in New Hope, MN and our DIRT GROUP gardens for 2017 in South Minneapolis near Abbott-Northwestern Hospital. We are so excited about the productivity we are experiencing and are SUPER THRILLED AND EXCITED with how DIRT GROUP is going in the Twin Cities as well as in our out-state locations.
In his 1970 book, Identity, Youth, and Crisis, Erik Erikson, one of the founding fathers of psychology discussed how social identity formation happens in adolescence but not outside one’s social context. The vast majority of youth CRFS serves are kids that don’t have a single friend they spend time with outside of school. With this limited social context, it makes it extra challenging for these youth to learn, practice, and master important life and social skills which often results in these youth experiencing many more risk factors resulting in significant behavioral/emotional impairments impacting their day to day functioning.
Crow River Family Services is and has been a MN DHS Certified CTSS (Children’s Therapeutic Services and Supports) Provider for over seven years. CRFS provides group skills training as a part of CTSS which only limited number of agencies provide. DIRT GROUP is a trauma-informed children’s mental health application based in social and emotional learning in the context of a gardening and farming project (www.dirtgrouptv.com) . DIRT GROUP is an award-winning, theory-based service which provides a therapeutic milieu/social context/marinade which supports participants in learning, practicing, and mastering important life and social skills, returning children to a normal developmental trajectory. DIRT GROUP provides tangible outcomes not only in the forms of fruits and vegetables but in increased social competencies by providing experiential opportunities to learn, practice, and master important skills which prepare participants for life. Participants have the opportunity to make a difference in their communities by growing food, increasing pride and ownership, and experience social inclusion (Turck, 2012). All of these outcomes act as protective factors which increase mental health and well-being.
Crow River Family Services, LLC has clinics in Hutchinson, Litchfield, and New Hope, Minnesota (metro location) including experiential group skills training sites in all three areas. Crow River Family Services, LLC mental health team has extensive experience in outpatient, community-based, hospital, school, residential treatment, restorative justice, academia, and the child protection fields. Our practitioners have won awards for their work from the National Association of Social Workers and the Minnesota Association for Children’s Mental Health. CRFS practitioners are regular presenters at state level conferences on topics related to mental health as well.
Kenneth S. Turck, MSW, LICSW
President & Chief Creative Officer
Crow River Family Services, LLC
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Kenneth S. Turck, MSW, LICSW