Upcoming Trainings

Kenneth S. Turck, MSW, LICSW Presenting: Creative Methods in Social and Emotional Learning Based in Neuroscience and Applied Theory at 125th Annual MSSA Conference at Minneapolis Hilton March 21st 1:45pm-3:15pm and at MACMH 2018 Monday, April 16th “The largest children’s mental health conference in the nation”, DECC, Duluth, MN 1:15pm-2:45pm

DIRT GROUP is a trauma-informed, children’s mental health application based in social and emotional learning in the context of a gardening/farming/food/creative arts project. Grounded and informed by 5 major theories and recent findings in neuroscience, DIRT GROUP provides participants an experientially rich context with which to learn, practice, and master important life skills related to social and emotional intelligence and neuroplasticity. DIRT GROUP provides tangible outcomes in increased competency, preparation for life, pride and ownership, the “BIG RIPPLE” effect (opportunities to participate and contribute in the community), and social inclusion (Turck, 2011) which serve to increase overall well-being.

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DIRT GROUP IS HAPPENING IN THE METRO!!!

DIRT GROUP SOUTH GARDENS!!!! In Minneapolis–WOOT WOOT!! Growing to learn, learning to grow!! https://crowriverfamilyservices.wordpress.com/
Tomatoes, Tomatillos, Sweet Corn, Peppers, Eggplant, Kale, Cabbage, Sage, English & Lemon Thymes, Rosemary, Stevia, Thai Mint, Blue Spice Basil, Cinnamon Basil, Bronze Fennel, and more..

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In his 1970 book, Identity, Youth, and Crisis, Erik Erikson, one of the founding fathers of psychology discussed how social identity formation happens in adolescence but not outside one’s social context. The vast majority of youth CRFS serves are kids that don’t have a single friend they spend time with outside of school. With this limited social context, it makes it extra challenging for these youth to learn, practice, and master important life and social skills which often results in these youth experiencing many more risk factors resulting in significant behavioral/emotional impairments impacting their day to day functioning.

Crow River Family Services is and has been a MN DHS Certified CTSS (Children’s Therapeutic Services and Supports) Provider for over seven years. CRFS provides group skills training as a part of CTSS which only limited number of agencies provide. DIRT GROUP is a trauma-informed children’s mental health application based in social and emotional learning in the context of a gardening and farming project (www.dirtgrouptv.com) . DIRT GROUP is an award-winning, theory-based service which provides a therapeutic milieu/social context/marinade which supports participants in learning, practicing, and mastering important life and social skills, returning children to a normal developmental trajectory. DIRT GROUP provides tangible outcomes not only in the forms of fruits and vegetables but in increased social competencies by providing experiential opportunities to learn, practice, and master important skills which prepare participants for life. Participants have the opportunity to make a difference in their communities by growing food, increasing pride and ownership, and experience social inclusion (Turck, 2012). All of these outcomes act as protective factors which increase mental health and well-being.

Crow River Family Services, LLC has clinics in Hutchinson, Litchfield, and New Hope, Minnesota (metro location) including experiential group skills training sites in all three areas. Crow River Family Services, LLC mental health team has extensive experience in outpatient, community-based, hospital, school, residential treatment, restorative justice, academia, and the child protection fields. Our practitioners have won awards for their work from the National Association of Social Workers and the Minnesota Association for Children’s Mental Health. CRFS practitioners are regular presenters at state level conferences on topics related to mental health as well.

Kenny at 15th Annual Community Conference on the Brain April 6, 2017

Kenny is presenting tomorrow at:
PACT 4 Families 15th Annual Community Conference on the Brain
Keynote by Henry Emmons, MD
April 6, 2017 Willmar High School, Willmar Minnesota
3:15pm to 8:30pm

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Kenny’s workshop: 4:10pm-5:10pm, and 5:20pm-6:20pm
Social and Emotional Learning and Children’s Mental Health:
Utilizing findings in neuroscience and applied theory in practice.

Workshop Description
Developing social and emotional intelligence are at the core of successful youth development. This workshop will identify and discuss recent findings in neuroscience and applied theory in practice which foster increasing social and emotional competencies, mental health, and well-being, as well as implications for practice in education, community, treatment, restorative justice, and correctional/probation settings.

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Kenny Turck MSW, LICSW is the Founder, Chief Creative Officer, and President of Crow River Family Services, LLC (CRFS), a mental health agency based in Hutchinson, MN. Kenny holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from St. Cloud State University where he later served as a member of the MSW program’s Community Advisory Board. Kenny grew up on his family farm where his family has called home since 1875. Kenny has been working in Adolescent and Children’s Mental Health for 25 years and is passionate about program and staff development, social work, and is a professional speaker/trainer. In September of 2015, DIRT GROUP was honored by NASW-MN as the Program of the Month, and in 2010, NASW-MN named Kenny as the recipient of the Paul & Sheila Wellstone Social Justice Award. DIRT GROUP is a trauma informed children’s mental health application based in social and emotional learning in the context of a gardening/farming project. www.dirtgrouptv.com

DIRT GROUP 2017: Opening in the Metro!!

SO MUCH HAPPENING in 2017!!!

DIRT GROUP is a trauma informed children’s mental health application based in social and emotional learning in the context of a gardening/farming project. (www.dirtgrouptv.com)

CRFS GREENHOUSE set up at NDMA

As planting season is ramping up in greenhouses across Minnesota, Crow River Family Services, LLC (CRFS) and DIRT GROUP purchased a commercial greenhouse and installed it this past weekend at New Discoveries Montessori Academy (NDMA) in Hutchinson, MN to support social and emotional learning and children’s mental health for students. NDMA is a K-6th grade Montessori school in south-central Minnesota. Over the past three years CRFS has installed 5 garden plots and shared an abundance of vegetable and herb plants with NDMA. Greenhouse planting will commence this week at this location as well as at Earthrise Farm near Madison, Minnesota.

  • I recently had the honor and privilege to meet with one of the co-founders of Appetite for Change, Princess Titus and Darryl their head of urban agriculture at Breaking Bread Cafe’. To say I was blown away is an understatement. Three words that capture some of their essence are: Passion, Truth, and Integrity.
  • Today, Kenny met with a group in Willmar, Minnesota to help facilitate a collaborative effort between several community groups focused on education, economic development, children and families, food security, and youth, community, and economic development around growing food, people, and business opportunities for all.
  • This week Kenny will be presenting at PACT for Families Collaborative’s 15th Annual Community Conference on the Brain in Willmar, MN on Social and Emotional Learning with keynote by renowned psychiatrist Dr. Henry Emmons .
  • Kenny’s workshop description:  Social and Emotional Learning and Children’s Mental Health: Utilizing findings in neuroscience and applied theory in practice. Developing social and emotional intelligence are at the core of successful youth development. This workshop will identify and discuss recent findings in neuroscience and applied theory in practice, which foster increasing social and emotional competencies, mental health and wellbeing, as well as implications for practice in education, community, treatment, restorative justice, and correctional/probation settings.

Yesterday we had a record turn out for Social Work Day at the Capitol (SWDAC) with nearly 1100 Social Work students, Educators, and other Social Work Professionals. It was an amazing day and Minnesota legislators made themselves available to meet with and hear from SWDAC participants! MACMH 2017 is coming at the end of the month in Duluth! Come visit our booth in the exhibit hall!

"Growing to Learn…Learning to Grow"