Faculty

David Hong David Hong, PsyD, LP - Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Trainer and Consultant

Dr. David Hong earned his undergraduate degree in Psychology from Carleton College and his doctoral degree from the Minnesota School of Professional Psychology, where he studied Clinical Psychology with a minor in Child and Family Therapy. He worked in community mental health settings for over 10 years before entering private practice. He specializes in services for children, adolescents and immigrant populations with a focus on trauma. Dr. Hong is a nationally certified trainer and practitioner of Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. He is a fluent Spanish speaker.

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Rachael Krahn Rachael Krahn, PsyD, LP - Associate Clinical Director

Dr. Krahn has worked at Washburn Center since 2000 and greatly enjoys both the training component as well as direct client care in her work as the supervisor of Washburn’s Predoctoral Psychology Internship Program and outpatient therapist. Dr. Krahn received her BA in Psychology from Hamline University and her PsyD from the Minnesota School of Professional Psychology in 2000. She completed her American Psychological Association-accredited predoctoral internship at Crestwood Children’s Center in Rochester, New York. She has committed her career to the assessment and treatment of children, adolescents and families within a community mental health setting. She has specialized training in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to help children experiencing trauma.

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Lauren Nietz LICSW Lauren Nietz, LICSW - Clinical Trainer and Consultant

Lauren joined Washburn Center in 2002 and served as supervisor of the Day Treatment Program from 2006 - 2013 before focusing on her new role as Clinical Trainer and Outpatient Therapist. Lauren has more than a decade of experience providing therapy to adults, children, groups and families who are struggling with the effects of trauma as an in-home family therapist and day treatment therapist. She utilizes Developmental Repair, a treatment model that was developed at Washburn Center for Children, and trains other clinicians in the model. Lauren is also trained in Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and DC: 0-3 (a diagnostic model for identifying mental health challenges and developmental disorders in infants and toddlers). She obtained her Masters of Social Work and earned her Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Certificate from the University of Minnesota.

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Arlene Schatz, LICSWArlene Schatz, LICSW - Clinical Director

As Washburn Center’s clinical director, Arlene provides clinical oversight and supervision for all of Washburn Center’s programs. Arlene has worked at Washburn Center for Children since 1992 and is an experienced clinician and administrator. A graduate of Columbia University, she has served as an assistant unit chief on an acute adolescent inpatient unit and supervisor of inpatient therapists and crisis therapists in an emergency room and day hospital program. Her broad experience also includes being a therapist on an adolescent inpatient unit, in a residential treatment facility, in outpatient mental health settings and in private practice. Arlene was named Social Worker of the Year in 2003 by the National Association of Social Workers, Minnesota Chapter.

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Tom Steinmetz, MATom Steinmetz, MA - Chief Executive Officer

Tom has worked at Washburn Center for Children since 1996, initially as a therapist, program manager and trainer, providing therapeutic services for children with severe emotional and behavioral problems, and doing training and consultation with schools, families and community agencies. He became Program Director in 2001, moved into the role of Chief Operating Officer in 2010 and the role of Chief Executive Officer in 2017. A graduate of the University of Minnesota with a Masters in Counseling and Student Personnel Psychology, Tom has presented nationally and locally on treating child trauma and aggression, developing and sustaining school-based mental health services and performance-based compensation. He has given presentations to the National Council on Community Behavioral Health, the Minnesota Association for Children’s Mental Health, the University of Minnesota’s Lessons from the Field Series and the National School-based Mental Health conferences.

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Matt Witham Matthew Witham, LMFT - Associate Clinical Director and Training Institute Director

Matt has nearly 10 years of post-graduate experience treating children, groups and families through in-home, outpatient and milieu therapy. He specializes in the treatment of children and family experiencing severe social, emotional and behavioral challenges. Matt utilizes Developmental Repair, a treatment model that was developed at Washburn Center for Children, and trains other clinicians in the model. He earned his MA from Bethel University and is currently a PhD candidate in the Family Social Science department at the University of Minnesota. His research focuses on the development of clinical intervention models for the treatment of traumatic stress disorders from a family systems perspective.

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