By Kristen Miller
COKATO, MN Since the Village Ranch was established in 1988, it has been striving to expand its services in order to help an even greater number of adolescents and young adults who may be struggling in the community.
As part of this goal, the Village Ranch began offering outpatient therapy and in-home services to the community.
The purpose of Village Ranch Child and Family Services is to reach out to families that are struggling with disruptive behaviors or violence in their home.
Under this continuum of care are the in-home skills services and outpatient therapy services.
Village Ranch employs six skills workers who work one-on-one with children, adolescents, and young adults who experience depression, anxiety, ADHD, and other emotional disturbances or behavioral challenges.
“Our goal is to improve their day-to-day functions,” said Barb Jochum, clinical director for Village Ranch Child and Family Services.
This could be anything from building social skills to anger management skills, Jochum explained.
Outpatient therapy services is available to help any age from children to adults, whether its as individuals, couples or as a family. There is also the option of Christian counseling, Jochum noted.
The one-hour therapy sessions with any of the five licensed therapists can assist with common concerns such as school adjustment, depression, anxiety, grief, family changes, abuse, parent-child conflicts, attention problems, and acting-out behaviors. There are also a number of specialized issues in which Village Ranch can help.
Typically, Village Ranch Child and Family Services works with referrals, that can be anyone from parents and schools to a doctor or county, Jochum explained.
A diagnostic assessment is provided from a clinical interview with the child and his or her legal guardian to determine client-specific care.
In addition to the outpatient and in-home services, the Village Ranch also licenses foster homes, and the continuum of care can support those efforts in providing a safe and healthy family environment.
“The Village Ranch is willing to expand services to meet any community needs that aren’t currently being met,” Jochum said.
She is also available for a phone consultation to provide assistance in which direction to take.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (320) 286-2922 option 3.
Please note that the Village Ranch accepts insurances and private pay, and a sliding fee scale will also be available if finances are a hardship.