Child Treatment Foster Care Program

Program Description:  The Child Treatment Program (CTP) is a foster care based, comprehensive treatment program that combines the normalization of family living with the benefits of coordinated therapeutic treatment services.  Foster parents are ready to nurture, provide guidance and limits, offer tenderness and care to meet the needs of each special, unique child.  The child’s Treatment Team**, consisting of foster parents, Mental Health Professionals and the Case Manager, meet to attend to specialized treatment and care plans for each client.   The Treatment Team** model is the heartbeat of the program in the delivery of services to children and their families.  Quality foster care, meaningful therapeutic services, coordinated efforts, and partnerships with families produce positive outcomes for children.  Our program attends to the unique needs of clients with a multitude of issues. We are experienced in working with youths and their families with a myriad of mental health and chemical health challenges, family issues, and childhood trauma experiences.  We encourage and invite family involvement in the treatment experience!

Location(s):  Our Foster Homes are located throughout the East Central Minnesota Areas with services based out of Pine City.                                           

Ages:  Birth to 12 years (children 13 and up are referred to the Adolescent Treatment Program)

Typical Frequency of Services:  

  • CTP services provided are based on Diagnostic Assessment recommendations 
  • Client's length of placement and participation in the CTP is based on individual need and case plan 

Program Components:   

  • Family home setting (foster care) and community living
  • Professional assessment and treatment  services provided by experienced mental health professionals, practitioners, and case managers
    • Diagnostic Assessment/DC 0-5 Assessment for children age 5 and under
    • Risk Assessment
    • Treatment Planning and Development
    • Individual, Group* and/or family psychotherapy
    • Individual, Group* and/or family skills training
    • Sibling group/family psychotherapy
    • Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Trained Therapists
    • Staff Trained in Quality Parenting Initiative (QPI) approaches to foster parenting
    • Family Systems Theoretical approaches to family therapy services
    • Early Childhood Mental Health specialty in service provision 
  • Coordinated medical, psychiatric, and school support services
  • Healthy age-appropriate childhood opportunities
  • Case Management support services
  • Specific therapeutic, behavioral interventions 
  • Weekly foster parent coaching
  • Treatment Team Model**
  • Therapeutic Milieu*** Experience/Leisure and Recreation Opportunities
  • 24 hour on-call mental health crisis response and support services 
  • Therapeutic Summer Programming for children Kindergarten to age 12

*Group Therapy/Skills Training - youths will learn, practice and apply essential social and friendship skills that will be reinforced throughout the CTP experience at TSA, and are based on age/gender/cultural and specific youth need. 

Treatment Focus include, and are not limited to:  

  • Self Awareness                                                 
  • Self-Esteem
  • Reducing Stress
  • Decision Making
  • Problem Solving
  • Emotion Regulation
  • Coping Skills
  • Relationship Development
  • Pro-social Behaviors
  • Healthy Emotional Regulation

Additional Information: 

TSA is committed to providing coordinated and collaborative care for all children in the Child Treatment Program, while incorporating the youth's county case plan, individualized treatment plan.  We recognize the importance of family, preschool, elementary school and peer group success, safety in daily living, and child healthy development.  We welcome opportunities to work with families and approach our work with parents in partnership to help their child and their family grow in family health and individual well being. We strive to support parents in growing in their effective and rewarding parenting experiences.

 **Treatment Team Model - Care and services are facilitated by each youth's Treatment Team which includes foster parents, mental health professionals, and practitioners providing individualized services and their TSA Case Manager.  The Treatment Team meets weekly to coordinate treatment progress.  Parents and referring workers, Guardian Ad Litems and other significant persons in the youth's life are included in the case planning, treatment focus, and progress review by participating in intakes, Treatment Plan development, progress review and discharge planning.  

***Therapeutic Milieu - The Milieu experience is a supervised and structures day activity that is designed to meet client need and provide opportunity to develop skills.  Some of the specific Milieu Experience opportunities include:

  • Arts and crafts projects, woodworking, gardening, photography, reading, puzzles, cooking (age appropriate), creating, imagining
  • Leisure time experiences including basketball, swimming, volleyball, games, hiking, and more
  • Journaling and other guided reflective experiences 

For more information or to make a referral:

  • Contact Erin Shodahl, Case Manager at 320-629-7600 ext. 7812                                   
  • Contact Kara Moen, Case Manager at 320-629-7600 ext. 7830
  • Contact Wendy Rude Pangerl, Licensing Social Worker at 320-629-7816
  • Visit our Referral page