Watercourse Counseling Center

Watercourse Counseling Center


Check out TRUCE http://www.drinktruce.com/--the best fresh-pressed natural juice store in Minnesota with three metro locations. $1 for every Karma Bowl sold will go to support children's mental health at Watercourse.
Another exciting season of The Hilarious World of Depression began on Sept. 9. Check out the season here https://www.facebook.com/thwod. And come see John Moe live on October 6 at Watercourse Counseling's 20th Anniversary Celebration. Go to www.watercoursecounseling.org/fundraiser fo more information
Join Us in Celebrating 20 Years!
Call for Volunteers

2019 marks the 20th anniversary of Watercourse Counseling Center. During that time, Watercourse has helped thousands along the path to emotional well-being.

In honor of this milestone, we are planning a community celebration and fundraising event in early fall 2019 and are looking for friends, former staff and students and other creative and energetic volunteers to help us shape and guide the event.

Our first meeting is scheduled for Thursday, February 21 from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. here at the Watercourse office, 3548 Bryant Avenue South.

If you are interested in joining this committee or have questions, please contact Doug Nathan, Fund Development Specialist at [email protected] or 612-229-6227.

Thank you!
THANK YOU to everyone who contributed to Give to the Max Day! You are terrific friends whose generosity is an important investment in the emotional well-bing of Minneapolis kids!
Everyday, our therapists are helping kids and families with social and emotional well-being. A big part of making that happen is the generosity of friends like you.

Tomorrow is Give to the Max Day. Please give generously https://www.givemn.org/organization/Watercourse.

Thank you!
Support our work bringing mental wellness to young people in Minneapolis schools on Give to the Max Day -- your gift will help leverage $100,000 in prizes! Give todayhttps://www.givemn.org/organization/Watercourse. Thank you!
Wednesday, September 19
4:30 to 6:00 p.m.
3548 Bryant Avenue South

Unveiling and dedication of our community garden bricks honoring donors, friends and family -- along with a beautiful new bench for the neighborhood to enjoy! Wine and snacks. See you there!
Watercourse is excited to announce that we are the recipient of funds raised with The Cities 97 Sampler Vol. 29 – many thanks to The Cities 97 and to all those who purchased this great volume of music to help community organizations like Watercourse. Watch for this year’s Cities 97 Sampler Vol. 30 coming out in November!

Hello Brandy, so nice to meet you today

Compassionate, empowering mental health care. The values that gave rise to the development of our agency are still in place today.

Watercourse Counseling Center, founded in 1999 as the Mental Health Collective, is a nonprofit agency established to improve the emotional health of our diverse community. Our mission is to solve problems through community partnership; locate services in community locations; and mentor mental health professionals and others in community outreach and collaboration. We believe that everyone faces un

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Youth need social support and connection to thrive.

Social connection is an important aspect of life and as human beings, we are inherently social beings. We invite you to read the article linked below to gain an understanding of how we can move past the disruption youth have experienced in the last two years, work together as a community to re-establish social connectedness at home and at school, and build social connections with peers and the community.

To read the article, visit http://bit.ly/3ubdGNn.

Special thanks to our community partners that are actively working on youth development and creating safe spaces where youth can build social connections with their peers!

Fred Wells Tennis & Education Center - http://www.fwtec.org
Kulture Klub Collaborative - http://www.kultureklub.org/
Appetite For Change - https://appetiteforchangemn.org/

In this series of articles that highlight resiliency and celebrate community, our goal is to destigmatize mental illness and amplify community voices. To read our previous article, visit: https://bit.ly/3r15LR6


Happy Give to the Max Day!

Each donation of $5 or more is entered into a prize drawing. The more donations made on GiveMN.org, the more chances to win one of the many Golden Ticket prizes provided by GiveMN!


Here are a few ways your support makes an impact:
$10 - Helps provide community support, where any donation in any amount will help us help others
$30 - Helps increase access and covers the cost of a copay for an individual or family who cannot afford to pay
$60 - Helps increase continuity of care, which covers the cost of two copays for an individual or family who cannot afford to pay
$100 - Helps provide individual services, and funds a therapy session for an individual without insurance options

Your donation today will help us help others as we work to strengthen our community by supporting people in the journey toward emotional well-being.


Give to the Max Day, Minnesota’s annual day of giving, is tomorrow!

Each gift made on GiveMN.org enters us for additional chances to win big this GTMD!

Join us tomorrow in supporting Watercourse Counseling and helping us serve our Minneapolis community. You support helps us increase access and continuity of care and provide individual services for individuals without insurance options.



Give to the Max Day is exactly one week away! Join us in the excitement of celebrating Minnesota’s biggest giving holiday.

Your support of Watercourse Counseling on GTMD will help us provide community support, increase access, increase continuity of care, and provide individual services for individuals without insurance options. Any amount helps us help others.

Each donation of $5 - or more - made on GiveMN.org is another opportunity to win a GTMD prize. Early giving has started! https://www.givemn.org/organization/Watercourse

Terapia para mi hijo: ¿Qué es el arte y el juego en la terapia? | CLUES Salud Emocional Video Series 11/04/2022

Terapia para mi hijo: ¿Qué es el arte y el juego en la terapia? | CLUES Salud Emocional Video Series

A great video from our partner CLUES - Comunidades Latinas Unidas En Servicio! Learn more about play therapy - in Spanish! A part of CLUES' Emotional Support video series and services.

"Therapy for my child. What is play therapy?"

Terapia para mi hijo: ¿Qué es el arte y el juego en la terapia? | CLUES Salud Emocional Video Series CLUES ha creado una serie de vídeos para ayudar a los clientes a entender mejor cómo funcionan los servicios de terapia y sentirse más capacitados.Terapia pa...


Did you know that November is the start of GiveMN’s Early Giving? Donations made on GiveMN.org count toward Give to the Max Day (GTMD) prize incentives. GTMD is a 24-hour giving event where nonprofits and schools across Minnesota have a chance to win additional grant prizes.

GTMD is on Thursday, November 17 this year - exactly two weeks away! Be sure to find us on GiveMn.org and donate now or wait until the big 24-hour giving event!



You can help reduce the risk for su***de in your community.

During Su***de Prevention Month, learn how to talk to someone who has thoughts of self-harm with these action steps: https://bit.ly/3x6Wkmx 988 Su***de & Crisis Lifeline


September is Su***de Prevention Awareness Month and before the month ends, we want to remind you that together we can create a better understanding of su***de and youth. We invite you to read the article linked below to better understand current trends in youth mental health, learn the warning signs, and recognize how to provide support through school and environmental disruptions.

Imagine the positive changes that we can be made if we, as a community - and as a collective body of human beings - are more inclusive, offer safe spaces, and make necessary changes to ensure that our youth are supported and encouraged to speak out about their feelings and their mental health.

Mental health is important. So let’s work together to help and give hope.

Click the button below to read the full article and a list of local community mental health resources and organizations. We invite you to share with your community, friends, and family.



We are hiring for two positions!

We are hiring a full-time school-based mental health therapist to work with our middle-school-aged students. If you have clinical experience with youth and families, the ability to work with clients of diverse communities, and are looking to join a team of community-conscious school-based therapists - be sure to apply! https://watercoursecounseling.org/mental-health-therapist/

We are also hiring a part-time Cultural Broker that can provide resources and social and emotional support to immigrant and refugee students and families with a specific focus on Afghani students and families. If you have experience working with clients from diverse communities and are interested in community or school-based mental health services – apply today! https://watercoursecounseling.org/cultural-broker/

$1,000 sign-on bonus is available!

Send your cover letter and resume to [email protected].

For more details about each position, visit: https://bit.ly/3ep88dd


Today, September 10th, is World Su***de Prevention Day, a day dedicated to bringing awareness and commitment to action toward preventing su***des across the world. Our goal today is to provide you with local resources and support where you and your child can receive help right here in the Minneapolis-St. Paul Metro.

A first step in supporting our youth is to provide social support, offer safe and inclusive spaces, promote and create a sense of connectedness, especially at home and in school. Services and professional support from a mental health provider can help your children understand their feelings, improve their emotional wellness and resiliency, recognize ineffective patterns of thinking, validate their feelings, and learn positive coping skills.

Let’s work together to help and give hope 💫


Local School-Based Mental Health Providers (SBMH):
Canvas Health: https://bit.ly/3RXEbzH *
Change Inc.: https://bit.ly/3QuFMM1 *
City of Minneapolis: https://bit.ly/3RAARKL *
The Family Partnership: https://bit.ly/3RAOfyu *
Healing Restoration & Consulting: https://bit.ly/3Lb3lbS
NorthPoint Health and Wellness Services: https://bit.ly/3UceNrV *
Washburn Center for Children: https://bit.ly/3eEM7r7 *
Watercourse Counseling Center: www.watercoursecounseling.org *

Culturally responsive and/or specific mental health services:
Amherst Wilder Foundation: https://bit.ly/3xaK8kQ
Arubah Emotional Health: https://bit.ly/3DaLSyd
CLUES: https://bit.ly/3qtu7Tm *
Edges Wellness Center, LLC: https://bit.ly/3Bt0t6K *
Hennepin County Mental Health: https://bit.ly/3eu8mzO*
Kente Circle: https://bit.ly/3xc9K0o *

**This list is not exhaustive. There are many great organizations doing incredible work in this space. Let us know in the comments to add you to our list!**

* Denotes that this service or clinic offers services at no cost, based on income and a sliding scale, or at a reduced fee for uninsured people. Call the clinic and request their uninsured or sliding scale information to see if you qualify. Care is still available for those that are uninsured.

If you’re in crisis and in need of support, you can call or text the 988, the 988 Su***de & Crisis Lifeline, to connect with a trained crisis counselor available 24/7. You can also chat online at 988lifeline.org or visit here: https://bit.ly/3L3lQ1D


This Saturday, September 10 is the Open Streets West Broadway event! This street festival brings together communities and allows folks to explore and meet the people, organizations, and businesses that make up their community. You can find us at the intersection of Broadway and Logan in front of the PYC Arts & Technology High School!

Saturday, September 10 from 11 am - 4:30 pm
Penn Ave N to Lyndale Ave N

There will be over 200 places to explore - check out the map here: https://bit.ly/3RDa3ti
Need a ride? Download your free ride from Metro Transit here: https://bit.ly/freemetrotransitpass

To learn more about Open Streets West Broadway, visit https://bit.ly/3d1i3W1


September is National Su***de Prevention Month. No su***de attempt should be dismissed or treated lightly. We should all learn more about su***de, self-harm, and mental health so that the stigma surrounding the topic is reduced and people aren't afraid of openly talking about their struggles before crisis.

If you or someone you know is struggling or in crisis, help is available. Call or text 988 or chat 988lifeline.org https://988lifeline.org … You can also reach Crisis Text Line by texting MHA to 741741, or call 911, or go to the nearest emergency room.

For more information visit: https://mhanational.org/su***de-prevention


As a new school year begins this fall, we want to bring awareness to the current emotional and mental health of the youth in our communities. Several studies over the last few years have shown that there has been a significant impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our youth's mental health.

Let’s first understand where youth are with their mental health, learn the warning signs to look out for, and recognize how we can support them throughout these disruptions. Through community and social support, we can significantly impact the mental health of those around us. Together we can bring awareness and address su***de prevention this Su***de Prevention Awareness Month.

Stay tuned for a more in-depth article on how we can bring positive changes and ensure our youth are supported and encouraged to talk about their feelings and their mental health.


Next Saturday, August 13, is the Open Streets East Lake Street event! It is from 11 am - 4:30 pm and goes from 2nd Ave S to 22nd Ave S. We will have information about our services and resources to share so be sure to stop by.

And don’t forget to plan your trip to East Lake Street. Metro Transit is offering free rides! To download your free pass, visit: https://bit.ly/3BNgBkf

We hope to see you there ~

To learn more about Open Streets East Lake Street, visit https://bit.ly/3JCRjqK.

Photos from Watercourse Counseling Center's post 08/05/2022

We are hosting another training session this month. Working with Trans, Nonbinary & Gender Expansive Children and Young People is co-presented by Alex Iantaffi, PhD, MS, SEP, CST, LMFT (they/them) and Kim Sherva, MS, LAMFT (zie/zir/he/him) from Edges Wellness Center. This workshop will focus on the span of issues that trans, nonbinary and/or gender-expansive children and youth and their families might encounter, an intro to terminology and gender theories, dominant treatment protocol, and the role that therapists play in supporting gender-affirming care.

👇Check out more details below and sign up now -

Working with Trans, Nonbinary & Gender Expansive Children and Young People
Wed., August 31, 2022
1 - 4 pm
Via Zoom
$30 general | $20 for BIPOC, LGBTQ+ and/or graduate students
✍️ Sign Up Here: https://bit.ly/3zdaXF4

Photos from Watercourse Counseling Center's post 08/01/2022

We hosted a workshop by Melissa Wetterlund and Sara Werner, of Watershed Psychological Services, on July 20. The Somatic Experiential Play Therapy workshop focused on developing skills in understanding fight/flight/freeze in children’s play and recognizing the mind-body connection. Check out a few photos from the training!

Special thanks to ✨Can Can Wonderland✨ for allowing us to host the workshop in their wonderful space!

Thank you to Watershed Psychological Services and especially Melissa and Sara for sharing your knowledge, expertise, and for facilitating this workshop.

Photos from Watercourse Counseling Center's post 07/05/2022

We’re hosting a workshop by Melissa Wetterlund and Sara Werner, of Watershed Psychological Services, focused on developing skills in understanding fight/flight/freeze in children’s play and recognizing the mind-body connection.

👇 Check out more details below and be sure to register!

Somatic Experiential Play Therapy Training
Wed., July 20, 2022
$90 general | $65 for BIPOC or graduate student status
9 am - 4 pm (lunch on your own)
In-person at Can Can Wonderland in St. Paul.
Register here: https://bit.ly/3NMRiBj


Check out our staff and board at Lyndale Open Streets this past weekend! It was great to meet new people and share more info about our services and the important work we are doing in the community. If you missed us, catch us at East Lake Open Streets on August 13th!

Pictured left to right, Executive Director Ashley, Board Member Sarah, Financial and Admin Manager Tia, and Whittier school-based therapist Lyndsay.

Open Streets Lyndale 2022 - Open Streets Minneapolis 06/05/2022

Open Streets Lyndale 2022 - Open Streets Minneapolis

Stop by and see us today at Lyndale Open Streets! We will be at 36th St.


Open Streets Lyndale 2022 - Open Streets Minneapolis We are happy to welcome everyone back this year. More than a street festival, Open Streets Minneapolis brings together communities to temporarily close Lyndale Ave S to car traffic between W 22nd St and W 42nd St. The street will be completely open for people to explore their communities in a unique...


Watercourse Counseling Center remains a place of support for students receiving mental health services through difficult times, whether it is because of COVID-19, school closures, or the recent Minneapolis teachers’ strike - our priority is to find ways to connect with clients and their families.

While the Minneapolis educators advocated for their needs and the needs of their students, Watercourse therapists found ways to support clients by remaining flexible and eliminating barriers to our services. Our goal was to maintain continuity for the students and their families while their teachers and ESPs negotiated for the resources and support necessary to adequately and safely educate the young minds of Minneapolis school children.

The collective understanding and investment in the well-being of the children allowed us to work in collaboration with families to support their children. Thanks to the immeasurable support from families and their commitment to their children’s mental health and well-being, this was possible.

We continue to support our clients and their families in partnership with Minneapolis educators and the Minneapolis Public School district.


We are hiring school-based mental health therapists! Come work for Watercourse Counseling Center and help make an impact in the lives of elementary and middle school-aged students.

You’ll join a team of therapists that support and encourage one another in the incredible work we do. Enjoy a $1,000 sign-on bonus! Other great benefits include professional development and wellness funds and support for licensure and training for BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ clinicians and practitioners.

For more details and how to apply visit, https://watercoursecounseling.org/mental-health-therapist/.


Give today to support community-based mental health services in MPLS. Watercourse Counseling Center serves students in 16 MPS schools as well as children, families and adults at our South Minneapolis clinic.

Your donation will support our work and help us meet the needs of the children and families that we serve, by offering bilingual and culturally competent services as well as financial support for clients that are underinsured or uninsured.



We’re seeking a leader who wants to move beyond just a job and into a true calling. Could this be you?
Watercourse Counseling Center is seeking a visionary nonprofit executive with experience rooted in community mental health, racial equity and systems change.
Our next Executive Director will usher our committed board and passionate staff team into a new era of impact where healing, diversity and equity take center stage.
They will excel in communication, collaboration and coaching to bring out the best in the Watercourse team, while also rolling up their sleeves to do the hard, rewarding work of community mental health in Minneapolis schools and at our Bryant Avenue Clinic.
The Watercourse Board of Directors and staff team are eager to invite in a leader who will tend the roots and branches of this well-established organization and collaborate with the staff team to help it grow and flourish. Curious? Read on.

Job Requirements
All of the following tasks will require oversight by the Executive Director. Some will be carried out by staff members, and some will be the direct responsibility of the Executive Director. More detail regarding task delineation can be discussed during the interview process.
• Administrative Oversight: Develop agency policy, coordinate board activities, manage contracts, manage facilities, legal oversight, monitor purchasing and supplies, supervise administrative staff and contractors, manage data, implement emergency protocols and response, facilitate positive agency climate.
• Financial Oversight: Develop annual budget and facilitate ongoing budget review, manage cash flow, oversee financial records, oversee billing policies and procedures.
• Human Resource Management: Implement human resources policies, manage job descriptions, recruit and hire staff, oversee general agency orientation, finalize payroll/PTO, oversee staff benefits and unemployment, maintain employee records, manage HR requests, coordinate health insurance and Simple IRA enrollment.
• Program Development: Conduct community needs assessment, identify and develop new programs, evaluate programs and compliance, assist with clinical/program support.
• Community Relations: Recruit and steward agency partnerships, oversee outreach, marketing, and agency publications, respond to partner/client concerns.
• Fund Development: Oversee fund development goals/planning, identify contract opportunities, manage donor recruitment/development, oversee grant writing and grant management, manage insurance contracts.

Minimum Qualifications
• Bachelor’s degree in management, social work, communication, counseling, education, public policy or other related field
• 5-10 years in staff leadership position at a nonprofit organization with proven track record, specifically in the areas of financial management, fundraising, programs and administration
• Experience working with or advocating for children and youth
• Demonstrated success researching, writing and receiving grants from private, community, and public funding sources
• Strong belief in and commitment to the mission of WCC, including furthering the organization’s diversity, equity and inclusion efforts

Desired Qualifications & Characteristics
• Understanding of systemic racism, white supremacy, and systems of harm in the mental health field (past and current) and a clear desire to lead organizational learning and change to better serve the needs of the Minneapolis BIPOC community
• History of leadership in community involvement and advocacy in an urban context
• Collaborative and engaging leadership style with demonstrated success in maintaining long-term partnerships with community organizations
• Relational approach to management with an ability to mindfully listen and partner with staff to respond to agency needs
• Ability to address and manage conflict and solve problems
• Creative, imaginative problem solver, eager to develop new ways of delivering services
• A visionary leader to promote the growth and financial health of the organization
• Bold, courageous and action-oriented approach
• Experience or training in performance coaching or counseling
• Ability to understand, interpret and communicate complex information
• Experience in or willingness to learn wellness modalities and promote the health and wellbeing of staff, board and stakeholders as part of Watercourse’s organizational culture
• Demonstrated success engaging the skills, opinions and wisdom of board members to maximize organizational potential
• Master’s degree
• Trauma-specific training
• Mental health counseling licensure

Salary & Benefits
$80,000-$100,000/year; commensurate with experience. Comprehensive benefits package.

Thank you for your interest in this opportunity.
To apply, please submit your resume with cover letter, letters of recommendation, and contact information for references.
In your cover letter, tell us why community mental h

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3548 Bryant Avenue S
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