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Char McDonald, MSW, LICSW

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Char earned her Master’s in Social Work from the University of St. Thomas/St. Catherine University in 2011. She is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker by the MN Board of Social Work and has certificates in Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health and Permanency and Adoption. Char has nearly 20 years of experience working within the child welfare system and is well-versed in safety and support planning with families, infant and early childhood mental health, child development, foster care and adoption issues, and attachment.

The majority of Char’s career has been spent working with children and adolescents in foster care, and their birth, foster, and adoptive parents with an array of presenting issues. Char uses a variety of therapeutic modalities in her practice while focusing on client and family strengths, including components of cognitive behavioral therapy, trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy, narrative therapy, relationship-based therapy, solution-focused therapy, psychodynamic theory, and mindfulness and relaxation.

Main Street Family Services
400 Jackson Ave NW, Ste 101
Elk River, MN 55330
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Main Street Family Services
400 Jackson Ave NW, Ste 101
Elk River, MN 55330

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Practice Location:
Insurance Taken:
Blue Cross/Blue Shield
Medical Assistance
Optum Health
Preferred One
United Healthcare
Treatment Modalities:
Adlerian Play Therapy
Adult Attachment Inventory
Attachment Bio-Behavioral Catch-Up (ABC)
Circle of Security
Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT)
Crisis Intervention Training
Custodial Evaluation
DC 0-5
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
Experiential Play Therapy
Filial Play Therapy
LifeBook/Life Story Work
Narrative Therapy
Parent-Child Interactive Therapy (PCIT)
Parental Assessment
Pre-Adoption Evaluations
Sensorimotor Psychotherapy
Trauma Focused – Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF CBT)
Trauma-informed Child Parent Psychotherapy (TI-CPP)
Areas of Practice:
Attention Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Childhood Depression
Divorce / Co Parenting
Early Traumatic Experiences
Foster Care
Grief and Loss Related to Adoption
Kinship Families
Parent Coaching
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD)
Systems of Care Navigation
Client Demographics:
Adult (Ad. Parent - Individual)
Adult (Adoptee)
Birth/First Parent/Family Work
Couples Work
Elementary Age (7-12)
Family Work
Infant (0-2)
Parent Coaching
Teen (13-18)
Young Adult (19-25)
Young Child (3-6)
PACC Graduate
Graduate of Permanency & Adoption Competency Certificate Program (PACC) through UMN’s Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare - More Info


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