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For children who are Washington County residents and who have a severe emotional disturbance (SED) and complex needs, the Canvas Health Family Treatment Program is an alternative to out-of-home placement. It provides flexible, culturally competent in-home and community-based therapy and treatment services that work to build positive family relational patterns and reduce disruptive behaviors and reduce the need for out of home placement.

In-home treatment includes 24-hour on-call service crisis intervention and ongoing treatment provided by a multi-disciplinary team of professionals who coordinate service with schools, hospitals, treatment facilities and other service providers. Specific family problems vary from case to case, but may include parental mental illness, emotional, sexual or physical abuse, delinquency, truancy, or parenting problems that limit daily functioning.

This program is only available to residents of Washington County, ages 6-17 who are at risk for out of home placement (residential treatment, group home, foster home).

Referrals - Washington County Residents Only

Download the Referral Form

Referral Form

Fax
(651) 251-5204

Questions

For questions regarding eligibility criteria or the referral process please reach out to us!

Email
Barb Tester, Program Support
btester@canvashealth.org

Phone
(651) 251-5024

Meet The Team

Dean Gorall

In-Home Family Treatment Supervisor

I believe that mental and emotional health problems experienced by children and adolescents arise from a combination of biological and environmental causes and these causes can be historical or existing in the client’s current lives. I believe one of the ways to be helpful to these clients is by having their family systems that surround them function as well as possible, both for the client and all family members.

Clinic Locations

  • Community-Based

Specialty Areas

  • Family therapy with children and adolescents where the problems for the child or teen have become significant enough that there is current risk of out of home placement.
  • Ages Served: 6-17

Professional Experience

I began providing in-home family therapy 28 year ago, have been providing these services with Canvas Health in Washington County for the past 17 years, and have been supervisor of the In-Home Services/Family Treatment program at Canvas health since May 2018.

Education

  • Family Relations and Child Development - Oklahoma State University
  • Ph.D. in Family Social Science - University of Minnesota

License and Credentials

  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT)

Kelly Showalter

Family Treatment Practitioner

Clinic Locations

  • Community-Based

Specialty Areas

  • In-Home Family Treatment

Laxee Thao

Family Treatment Practitioner

With curiosity and empathy, I want to create a safe space for families and individuals to discover, heal, and change. I understand that healing, restoration, and change is a process and one that I am intentional about.

Clinic Locations

  • Community-Based

Specialty Areas

  • Family Treatment Program
  • Bilingual: English and Hmong
  • Ages Served: 5-18
  • ADHD/ADD (Children), Abuse, Anger, Anxiety, Autism, Behavioral Problems,
    Trauma, Self Esteem, Self-Worth, Emotional Disorders, Domestic Violence, Depression, Developmental Concerns, Parenting Issues, Emotional Regulation, Emotional Disregulation, Mood Disorders, Attachment Disorders, Self Harm

Professional Experience

I have experience providing in home therapeutic services for individual and family.

Education

  • Master of Arts - St. Mary’s University

License and Credentials

  • Master of Arts - MA

Alison Vogelsang

Clinical Psychology Practitioner

I take a holistic perspective in regard to an individual’s mental and physical health concerns. I believe client-provider collaboration is key and I highly value consultation with treatment teams. When working with children and their families, I pay particular attention to the various systems impacting a person’s difficulties and practice openness and flexibility for the purpose of meeting each individual’s unique needs. I also utilize psychological assessment strategies when necessary for the purpose of gaining diagnostic clarity and formulating targeted treatment plans.

Clinic Locations

  • Oakdale

Specialty Areas

  • Family Treatment Program
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Ages Served: 6-50
  • ADHD/ADD (Children), Abuse, Anger, Anxiety, Autism, Behavioral Problems, Bipolar Disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder, Psychological Assessments (clinical/forensic), Shame, Self Esteem, Self-Worth, Personality Disorders, Emotional Disorders, Depression, Developmental Concerns, Parenting Issues, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders – FASD, Emotional Regulation, Emotional Disregulation, Mood Disorders, Severe and Persistent Mental Illness – SPMI Schizophrenia Disorder, Relationship Issues, Attachment Disorders, Chronic Pain, Grief, Self Harm, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Co-Occurring Disorders, Panic Attacks, Personality Disorders, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), TF-CBT

Professional Experience

I have extensive training working with children and adolescents age 7+, especially those who either need or have needed out-of-home placement and/or psychiatric hospitalization. I have experience working directly with clients in residential treatment centers, psychiatric inpatient hospitals, inpatient substance abuse programs, day treatment settings, intensive in-home services, and outpatient programs. I also have extensive training conducting psychological assessment with individuals of all ages both for clinical/neurodevelopmental and forensic purposes. I treat individuals with depression, anxiety, trauma, psychotic disorders, relational and interpersonal difficulties, personality disorders, dual diagnoses, health conditions, parenting concerns, and attachment disorders. My psychotherapy training is grounded in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), interpersonal therapy, family therapy, Time Limited Dynamic Psychotherapy (TLDP), and behavior therapy, among others.

Education

  • Master of Arts - University of South Dakota
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) - University of South Dakota

License and Credentials

  • Master of Arts - MA
  • Doctor of Philosophy - Ph.D.

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