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'A Literal Life Saver': What Clients Are Saying about The Village's IOP
Gladys is the name of a colorful cow painting that hangs in the IOP room at The Village.
Her name is Gladys. From her canvas, the brightly colored cow watches over the IOP room at The Village Family Service Center’s Fargo office . Along with the painting of Gladys, pale blue walls and potted plants give the room a calm, cheerful vibe – a serene environment for learning...
Meet Christina, a Child Therapist with The Village in Moorhead
Christina Smestad is a child therapist with The Village
Kids struggle, too. Anxiety, bullying, trauma ... these and other life events can greatly affect a child's mood and behavior. Counselors at The Village work with children of all ages and use a variety of therapy tools, such games, imaginative play and art, to address their mental health challenges. One...
How to Prepare Your Child (and Yourself) for College
Parents carry boxes while moving their son into a college dormitory.
For parents of college freshmen, "back to school" means something entirely new this year – new schedules, new living arrangements, perhaps in a new city. This increased sense of freedom and responsibility can be exciting and overwhelming, and the student may have a difficult time making decisions. At the same...
5 Tips for Building Up Your Savings
The words "5 tips for building up savings" are seen next to a wooden piggy bank in the background
We all know it feels good to have some extra money in the bank, but it 's easier said than done to stash that cash. It takes discipline, but there are some tricks and tips that you can follow to become a saver: Have a budget and stick to it...
'I’m Stronger Than I Think': An In-Home Family Therapy Story
Two young sons stand in front of their mother, who has her arm wrapped around them.
Eleven-year-old Colton stood next to his estranged father’s gravesite with his mom and younger brother, and read aloud the letter he’d written to him at the suggestion of his Village therapist. Colton, his brother, Drake, and mom, Shannon* received in-home family therapy from The Village after a series of events...