We just held our Village Children’s Summit last week in an effort to ensure that we remain as aggressively on the cutting edge of current family treatment methods as we have been in the past. We gathered Village staff who work with families to talk about how we approach helping those who come to us in need. I was so impressed with the scope of experience and licensures represented in the room, and it was, quite frankly, stunning to witness the creativity of the group and the way they approach their work with children and families in our communities.
One story shared at the Summit was about a mother who had a very young child in a childcare facility. We were working with the facility and noticed that the baby turned away every time her mother entered the room. Because of our experience with issues like that, we were able to work with the mother to address this behavior, and that engagement opened the door for us to assist the family with a number of issues. In the not-so-distant past, behaviors like that may have gone unnoticed.
I called the Summit in response to what I’ve been hearing about the changing nature of the issues faced by the children we treat, the number of children with multiple diagnoses, and how much the landscape of family needs has changed since the time I was directly working with families as a counselor. Our profession, like any, is constantly changing, and we are committed to staying nimble and not getting stuck in the way we do things.
I was pleased with what I heard at the summit. We learned that the state of Minnesota considers The Village one of their top providers statewide when it comes to helping troubled families, and that they have great confidence in our capabilities. We also identified ways to adapt our methods as we continue working to meet the needs of young people in our community.
The Village has always emphasized the need to remain strong from a business perspective, and part of that is staying on the cutting edge of treatment so that our clients get the best possible service for which they are paying. It’s the right thing to do from a business perspective, and, more importantly, it’s the right thing to do for our communities.
All the best,
The Village Family Service Center