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Children and Adolescents Day Treatment

Canvas Health hosts half-day and full-day Adolescent Day Treatment programs at its Oakdale clinic. We also have staff embedded in Elementary Mental Health Classrooms that offer students the opportunity learn academic and social-emotional skills in a school environment

Therapeutic Learning Center (TLC) – Half-Day Program

Day treatment services are developed and provided in a center-based daily therapeutic environment for children ages 11 to 17 whose mental health needs are impacting learning and school attendance. Collaboration between the family and school districts helps to build the appropriate skills for the child’s successful return to their community school. Special educational needs of the child are met in the context of a treatment program that includes medication management, individual, group and family therapy. Children attend this program daily during normal school hours, including summer sessions, and are referred by school districts. Services take place in the middle school of the Canvas Health’s Oakdale mental health clinic.

Download a flier with more information about TLC.

TLC Program Manager
Jenny O’Connor, MA, LMFT
joconnor@canvashealth.org, (651) 251-5215

Therapeutic Education Collective (TEC) – Full-Day Program

The Therapeutic Education Collective (TEC) program provides mental health child day treatment service to students from ISD 622 ages 12-17 who have struggled significantly with mental health symptoms for more than 6 months. Some examples of these
struggles are symptoms of:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Suicidal thoughts and actions
  • Trauma symptoms (hypervigilance, triggered over small things, difficulty sleeping,
    avoidance, eating difficulties, shuts down, dysregulates easily)
  • Severe difficulty in relationships

These symptoms may have led to the student needing to be hospitalized.

How can an integrated mental health classroom help students?

The classroom will assist students, their families, and school staff in gaining greater understanding of how their mental health symptoms are impacting their ability to engage in academic work, school activities, relationships, and engage in community activities.

Mental health treatment goals will assist the student and their family in learning multiple skills for managing and coping with their mental health symptoms.

The TEC Program provides an environment for the student to experience their symptoms in an academic setting with mental health support so that they can learn new skills to manage their symptoms and put these skills into practice.

Referral process

Referrals can come from school social workers and/or school counselors, school principals. Students appropriate for this level of mental health care will most often have had engaged in other levels of mental health services, such as individual therapy, medication management, family therapy, etc. To qualify for this service, the student will need to either have a diagnostic assessment indicating day treatment services or a willingness to engage in completing a diagnostic assessment with program mental health staff prior to their admittance into the program.

Download a flier with more information on TEC. 

TEC Program Manager
Jenny O’Connor, MA, LMFT
joconnor@isd622.org, (651) 251-5215

Elementary Mental Health Classrooms (EMHC)

In Elementary Mental Health Classrooms (EMHC), Canvas Health partners with school districts to help students learn academic and social-emotional skills in a school environment. Our mental health clinicians work side-by-side with a teacher and education assistants in the classroom.

EMHCs help students avoid hospitalization and out-of-home placement.  The goal is for students to gain the necessary skills to return to their home school district.

Referral process

Referrals can come from school social workers and/or school counselors, or school principals within the schools where Canvas Health has an EMHC presence.

EMHC Program Manager
Jenny O’Connor, MA, LMFT
joconnor@canvashealth.org, (651) 251-5215

Referrals to TLC and TEC Programs

Download TLC Referral Packet

Email
June Kong, Program Support
jkong@canvashealth.org

Phone
(651) 251-5090

Fax
(651) 251-5118

Download TEC Referral Packet

Email
June Kong, Program Support
jkong@canvashealth.org

Phone
(651) 251-5090

Fax
(651) 251-5118

Meet The Team

Jenny O’Connor

Children's Day Treatment Manager

Relationships matter: the currency for change is trust and trust comes through healthy working relationships. People. not programs. change People. Bruce Perry

Clinic Locations

  • Community-Based

Specialty Areas

  • Children & Adolescent Day Treatment: Therapeutic Learning Center (TLC) & Therapeutic Education Collective (TEC)
  • Ages Served: 0-18
  • Trauma, Depression, Parenting Issues, Emotional Disregulation, Attachment Disorders, Self Harm, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), Trauma Informed Child-Parent Psychotherapy

Professional Experience

I have over 20 years working with children, adolescents, and their families.

Education

  • BA - University of Minnesota, Duluth
  • Adler Graduate School-MA-Counseling and Psychology

License and Credentials

  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT)

Grace Blomgren

Life Skills Counselor, Therapeutic Learning Center (TLC)

Clinic Locations

  • Community-Based

Darcy Gassman

Therapist, Therapeutic Learning Center (TLC)

Clinic Locations

  • Community-Based

License and Credentials

  • Licensed Psychologist (LP)

Jamie Lindstrom

Life Skills Counselor, Therapeutic Education Collective (TEC)

If you have the ability to help others, then you should try to help others.

Clinic Locations

  • Community-Based

Specialty Areas

  • Adolescent Day Treatment

Professional Experience

Four years in non-profit social work roles.

Education

  • Bachelors degrees: Social work, Family Services, Gerontology - University of Northern Iowa

License and Credentials

  • Bachelor of Social Work (BSW)

Hannah Morris

Life Skills Counselor

Clinic Locations

  • Community-Based

Specialty Areas

  • Mental Health Classroom

Victoria Seamon

Therapist, Therapeutic Learning Center (TLC)

My professional philosophy is meeting the client where they are at and providing hope in a situation where others may feel hopeless. In addition, I am committed to serving others and providing a voice to those that otherwise feel voiceless. I hold the belief that it takes one caring adult to impact the life of a child. I find that separating the individual from the behavior gives the opportunity to address feelings of inferiority through encouragement and the reframing of mistaken beliefs. As a result, clients can increase a sense of belonging, externalize problems, and strive in a socially useful way.

Clinic Locations

  • Community-Based

Specialty Areas

  • Therapist, Therapeutic Learning Center (TLC)
  • Ages Served: 6+
  • ADHD/ADD (Children), Abuse, Anger, Anxiety, Behavioral Problems, Shame, Trauma, Self Esteem, Self-Worth, Emotional Disorders, Depression, Developmental Concerns, Parenting Issues, Emotional Regulation, Emotional Disregulation, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy – DBT, Mood Disorders, Mindfulness, Relationship Issues, Attachment Disorders, Self Harm, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Co-Occurring Disorders, Cultural Issues, LGBTQ+ Issues/Specialty

Professional Experience

Professional experience in residential and day treatment programs; along with, in-home intensive settings. Knowledge in delivering culturally competent therapy, skills, and behavioral management services to children and adults.
Additional experience in children’s mental health case management, navigating court systems, placements, and initiating services with the client’s best interest in mind.

Education

  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology-Hamline University
  • Master of Arts in Clinical Counseling-Adler Graduate School

License and Credentials

  • Master of Arts (MA)

Megan Boxrud

Life Skills Counselor

Clinic Locations

  • Community-Based

Specialty Areas

  • Mental Health Classroom Education
  • Bachelor of Science (BS)

Connor Stone

Elementary Mental Health Classroom Therapist

Learning fosters healing. My role as a Classroom-Based Therapist is to identify and reduce barriers to children’s learning. Through
group therapy, skills groups, and milieu interventions children are able to improve in their peer interactions, academic success, and their overall self-image creating meaningful change leading to success across all areas of their lives

Clinic Locations

  • Community-Based

Specialty Areas

  • Elementary Mental Health Classroom Therapist
  • Ages Served: 6-12
  • ADHD/ADD (Children), Abuse, Anxiety, Autism, Behavioral Problems, Transitions, Trauma, Self Esteem, Self-Worth, Domestic Violence, Depression, Parenting Issues, Emotional Regulation, Emotional Disregulation, Mood Disorders, Mindfulness, Attachment Disorders, Self Harm, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Co-Occurring Disorders, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), Non-directive Play Therapy

Professional Experience

I have worked with children in various roles for more than ten years. These roles include Professional Care Assistant, Summer Camp Counselor, Special Education Assistant, and Therapist in a Day Treatment setting.

Education

  • Bachelors of Arts in Child Psychology - University of Minnesota
  • Masters of Arts in Counseling and Psychological services - Saint Mary's University of Minnesota

Master of Arts (MA)

Daniel Unruh

Practitioner - EMHC

Clinic Locations

  • Community-Based

Specialty Areas

  • Mental Health Classroom

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