TRIA - A no-cost group for teen adoptees

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Are you a teen, transracial, international adoptee? Are you entering 9-12 grade?

This summer, meet other adoptees who share similar experiences in a no-cost group: TRIA: Our Stories Our Lives

What is this group?

  • New, 10-week no-cost emotional wellness group for teen youth
  • Led by adoptees! “For us, by us,” which means we “get it”!
  • Connect with other teens (No need to “explain adoption” to them)
  • Tell your stories in a safe(r) space and navigate your emerging identities
  • Explore how you relate to others, express feelings, and form relationships
  • Combine all your experiences in a way that makes them meaningful for you

Through FUN and CREATIVE activities (and LOTS of snacks!!!), we’ll help you discover more of yourself to be comfortable in your own skin, while highlighitng issues that many teen adoptees grapple with. You will leave empowered, and with new friends!

The group will be led by TRIA therapists Julie Jong Koch, MSW, LICSW and Jessica Shultz, MA.

When: Weekly on Wednesdays 6-8pm, from JULY 19- SEPT 20 (10 weeks)

Where: Watercourse Counseling Center South Clinic 3548 Bryant Ave S, Minneapolis

The Details: Enrollment is limited to 10 participants, and attendance at all 10 sessions is expected. Snacks, refreshments, and all materials are provided. Selection of participants will be based on adoptee self-interest, availability, appropriateness for group setting, and other factors.

To schedule a pre-interview or for more information, contact Julie by Wednesday, July 12: Voicemail: 612.767.8663 / Email: juliek[at]watercoursecounseling.org

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Watercourse Counseling Center TRIA: Our Stories Our Lives program is a proud recipient of the Headwaters Foundation Community Innovation Grant, a partnership between Headwaters Foundation and the Bush Foundation. This grant supports communities to use problem solving processes that lead to more effective, equitable, and sustainable solutions. It allows communities to increase collective understanding of an issue, generate ideas, and/or test and implement solutions.

Announcing TRIA - a new group for adult adoptees

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In collaboration with Watercourse Counseling Center and with the financial support of Headwaters Foundation for Justice & the Bush Foundation, we are excited to announce TRIA: Our Stories Our Lives.

TRIA: Our Stories Our Lives is a new, no-cost adoptee-led therapy group for adults that will offer the power of community and collective process to help discover, unfold, reclaim and retell our stories. Holding the philosophy of “for us, by us,” our goal is to provide therapeutic space that allows participants to connect with others, expand their emotional health, and receive guidance toward growth and integration of their experiences.

Minnesota is home to one of the highest concentrations of Transracial International Adoptees (TRIAs). Our experiences are unique but carry a common thread through the separation from our first families and original culture. Being raised in the Midwest, often by White families, our identities and lived experiences are complex. As we uncover the layers of our lives, we can reveal and understand our whole selves.

The group will be led by TRIA therapists Julie Jong Koch, MSW, LICSW and Jessica Shultz, MA.

When: Weekly on Wednesdays 6-8pm, for a 12-week period from March 29th through June 14th.

Where: Watercourse Counseling Center South Clinic 3548 Bryant Ave S, Minneapolis

Enrollment is limited to 10 participants, and attendance at all 12 sessions is required. Snacks, refreshments, and all materials provided.

If interested in the group or for more information, contact Julie at: VM: 612.767.8663 / Email: [email protected]

Headwaters Foundation for Justice logo

Watercourse Counseling Center TRIA: Our Stories Our Lives program is a proud recipient of the Headwaters Foundation Community Innovation Grant, a partnership between Headwaters Foundation and the Bush Foundation. This grant supports communities to use problem solving processes that lead to more effective, equitable, and sustainable solutions. It allows communities to increase collective understanding of an issue, generate ideas, and/or test and implement solutions.

Have you seen our new look? Now's the time!

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Attention: Board of Directors, Minneapolis Public School & community partners, students, staff, and friends

Phase I of the Watercourse main office expansion & renovation project is complete, and we welcome you to see our new look! View our new reception area, community room, therapy spaces, and to also hear more about our organization. Our expansion more than doubles our square footage - come check it out!!

Dates: Wednesday, April 26th, 4-5:30p AND Thursday, April 27th, 4:30-6:30p

Location: Watercourse Counseling Center South Clinic 3548 Bryant Avenue S, Minneapolis

Light refreshments will be served. Please RSVP to [email protected] by 5 p.m. on Monday, April 24th.

Also during this time, we will be available to discuss and take orders for our Engraved Brick Campaign, which will financially support the construction of our green roof, community patio, landscaping, and main floor renovation & construction of a play therapy space. For more information, click here. Dedicate a brick to a special person in your life as celebration of the end of the school year!

Any questions? Please do not hesitate to contact us at 612-822-8227 or via email at [email protected]

Today only! Make 10x the impact

Amazon is celebrating its #1 ranking in customer satisfaction by the ACSI! Today, March 16, Amazon will donate 5% (10 times the usual donation rate) of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to Watercourse Counseling Center. Get started at smile.amazon.com/ch/41-1946275.

10x the impact

We're Hiring!

School-based Therapist (FT)

We have an opening for a full-time school-based clinician at a South Minneapolis school (grades 3-8). Our school-based clinicians provide individual, family, and group services at the school. They work closely with the student support team to assist with addressing mental health concerns and provide consultation for teaching staff regarding their clients’ social/emotional needs. This position is a year-round position but allows for reduced hours in the summer if preferred.

For this position, we are seeking someone licensed as LP, LMFT, LPCC, or LICSW. Fluency in Spanish would be an asset but is not a requirement. For more information, click here.

Licensed Psychologist / Supervisor (PT)

We are looking for a part-time licensed psychologist with strong interest in community mental health to:

  • Provide individual, couples and family therapy at south Minneapolis location
  • Provide supervision for practicum, advanced practicum and/or pre-doctoral students
  • Assist with outreach to support growth in clinic services
  • Coordinate intakes and referrals with administrative staff
  • Assist with agency training and orientation processes

We are looking for a Licensed Psychologist to provide supervision for Doctoral students in PsyD and PhD programs. We have a strong team of supervising therapists who are licensed as LPCC’s, LICSW’s and LMFT’s. Candidates should have experience with adults, children and families; should understand the influence of culture on the process of therapy and have experience working with diverse communities, and should have interest in integrative, community-orientated approaches. Fluency in Spanish would be a major asset.
Click here for more information.

We are excited to hear from you!

To apply, please submit a resume and cover letter to jobs[at]watercoursecounseling.org. For further information, contact martha[at]watercoursecounseling.org or call 612-767-8654.

Thanks 2016

At this time of Thanksgiving, we are grateful for our community. We are fortunate to live in a rich, diverse city and value it’s many cultures. We are honored to support you in your journey and hope that we can continue to walk our journeys together to create healthier individuals, families and a community that we can all be proud of. To all our staff, clients and neighbors, we wish you peace.

2016 - 3rd Annual Achieving Balance Brunch

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We are thrilled to formally announce our 3rd annual celebration and fundraiser on Saturday, November 12th, 2016.

Come and enjoy our free Brunch, while gathering with friends and community:

  • Featured speaker Hector Matascastillo, former veteran and now a psychotherapist contracting with Life Development Resources and the Domestic Abuse Project specializing in the impact of trauma
  • A fantastic silent auction and wellness stations
  • Our 2nd annual staff award
  • The Future of Watercourse: updates on our programs, construction, and renovation project

We are very excited for this event, as we have a $10,000 matching grant from the Pohlad Family Foundation, whereby all contributions received from new individual donors will be matched up to $500 per person. We are looking forward to a successful event, and thank you for your participation in supporting emotional health & wellness, and our Minneapolis Public School students!

All funds raised at the event will support our school-based services.

St. Mary’s University Center,
2540 Park Ave S.
Minneapolis, MN 55404
Saturday, November 12th, 2016
10am-12:30pm

We look forward to seeing you there and please invite your friends!

Reserve your seat today!
Eventbrite - 3rd Annual Watercourse Counseling Achieving Balance Brunch

Can’t make it but still want to donate? All new individual donors will be matched and no donation is too small!

Donate Here

2016 Watercourse Brunch

It’s our favorite time of year! We’re preparing for our 3rd annual Achieving Balance brunch, and you’re invited!

In addition to wellness activities, a silent auction you’ve come to love, we will host featured speaker Hector Matascastillo, who will discuss the impact of trauma across the lifespan.

Join us on Saturday, November 12th from 10am-12:30pm at St. Mary’s University Center, 2540 Park Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55404. All funds raised at the event will support our school-based services program.

Please save this date and keep an eye out for the formal invitation! For more information find (and like) us on Facebook!

Hope to see you there and please feel free to invite your friends, the event is free!

Join us at Open Streets East Lake

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This Sunday (7/24), you can find us at Open Streets Lake St. We’ll be easy to find, in the Wellness Zone near 22nd Ave, on the north side of the street. Drop by to say hello!

Announcing Two Open Houses

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Join us at Uptown Heating’s Community Gathering Space (3554 Bryant Ave S, Minneapolis) for an informal drop-in gathering to learn about our upcoming expansion project, and what it means for our neighborhood!

We’ll be hosting two open houses: July 25th (3-5pm) and July 28th (3-5pm)

After 15 years at our South Minneapolis location, Watercourse is undergoing a building expansion that will double clinical space, making mental health services more accessible. We will also be redoing our landscaping, and creating community space in the form of an engraved brick patio and garden.

Watercourse friends, staff, neighbors, donors, and curious community members are welcome to come and get an update, take a closer look at the details, and learn more about the brick campaign that’s supporting our makeover.

This event is open to the public, but RSVP to [email protected] at least one day prior to the event to ensure we have enough refreshments for everyone.

Our big makeover - More details on our South Clinic expansion

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In case you missed it, we’ve got a big renovation project in the works. By adding space to our South Clinic, and remodeling existing space, we’ll be able to serve even more clients and to offer new services like groups. Exciting, right? But that’s not all.

Our renovation plan includes three phases:

  1. A new addition, featuring a wheelchair-accessible bathroom and therapy room, a large room for groups and community events, and a great new lobby
  2. Beautification, including a green roof on the new addition (seriously, how cool is that!?), a relaxing community patio, and new landscaping
  3. Re-modeling of the main floor in the old building, including a new play therapy room

Clearing space for the new addition will begin soon, and we plan to finish the project before programs gear up in the fall.

Keep in touch! Over the next few months, we’ll share day-to-day progress on our Facebook page, Instagram (@watercoursecounseling), and Twitter (@WatercourseMN).

We're expanding our South Clinic!

If you attended our 2015 brunch, you may remember seeing some architectural drawings propped up along the wall. After months of community meetings, zoning meetings, staff meetings… well, you’re getting the idea. Anyhow, we’re finally able to say with confidence that we are expanding our South Clinic.

Over the next few months, we’ll share day-to-day progress on our Facebook page, Instagram (@watercoursecounseling), and Twitter (@WatercourseMN). For now, we’ll leave you with a taste of the changes to come.

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Thank You!

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Our 2015 Achieving Balance brunch was a great success. Thanks to your overwhelming show of support, we raised $10,000 in support of community mental health services.

Special thanks to featured speaker John Bauer, and to our sponsors:

Thank you, also, to all who donated to our silent auction.

2015 Watercourse Brunch

Note: Our 2015 brunch has come and gone. You can find information about our upcoming 2016 brunch here

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Registration is open for our 2nd annual Achieving Balance brunch on Saturday, 11/14/15! We’ve centered the festivities around the theme of moving through life’s journeys together. Keep an eye out for more information on:

  • Featured speaker John Bauer, mental health advocate and creator of What’s Left, a traveling multimedia art exhibit
  • A fantastic silent auction and wellness fair
  • Our first-ever community and staff awards

Or join our our email list to find out about future events!