The Village Family Service Center

The Village expands school, community partnerships

Date: 
Friday, September 29, 2017

The Village Family Service Center is expanding its school- and community-based counseling services through additional partnerships in North Dakota and Minnesota.

By partnering with schools and nonprofits, The Village is able to increase access to behavioral health services, such as therapy for depression, anxiety, ADHD, autism, and other mental health issues. Co-locating in schools also allows for better integration of care with school counselors.

Beginning this fall, Kya Duttenhefer, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, will provide mental health assessments and counseling services to students of Northern Cass Public School near Hunter, North Dakota. She will work out the school building once a week.

In a similar arrangement, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Christina Smestad will provide school-based therapy at the Hawley, Minnesota, elementary and high schools on a weekly basis.

Also in Hawley, Liz Frye, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, will be available for outpatient counseling sessions at the REACH office, 421 5th St., on Mondays. REACH, a nonprofit human services center, is providing space to The Village, reducing transportation barriers for individuals and families living in Hawley who are seeking mental health services.

In addition to these new partnerships, The Village provides school-based therapy in six Alexandria-area schools, as well as in Foley, Minnesota. The Village also offers mental health consultation to 3- to 5-year-olds in the Grand Forks, North Dakota, Head Start program. 

The Village is a nonprofit organization based in Fargo and has offices in 15 communities across North Dakota and Minnesota. Its programs and services include counseling, addiction treatment, in-home family therapy, mentoring, adoption services, pregnancy counseling, truancy intervention, financial counseling, employee assistance programs, and business training.


The Village’s mission is to improve the quality of life through services designed to strengthen individuals, families, and organizations.
We are accredited by the Council on Accreditation and are a United Way Community Partner.