121 5th Ave W
Alexandria, MN 56308
Ben completed his Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Cedarville University in 2002 and his Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Minnesota in 2005. Prior to joining Family Innovations in 2012, he worked for nine years with children and families, including refugees, asylum seekers, and individuals and families impacted by domestic and international adoption.
He has been trained in working with children ages 0-5 and in diagnostic assessments using the Diagnostic Classification: 0-3 R (DC:0-3R), a best practice model for early childhood mental health assessments and completed the National Adoption Competency Mental Health Training for Mental Health Professionals through the Center for Adoption Support & Education (CASE).
He enjoys working with children and families of all ages. His areas of interest include attachment, adoption/foster care, early childhood mental health, family of origin issues, parenting, trauma, abuse and neglect, depression, anxiety, grief and loss, child and brain development, parent-child relationships, and communication.
Special areas of interest:
• Parent-child relationships
• Early childhood mental health
Licensure, Certificates, Affiliations, & Evidence Based Specialties
• MN Licensed Clinical Social Worker #17537
• DC:0-3R diagnostic protocol for children birth – 5 years of age
• Circle of Security Registered Parent Educator
• Trust-based Relational Intervention (TBRI) Practitioner
• Trauma Informed Child Parent Psychotherapy
• Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)
Service Location: Office Based and In-Home
Languages Spoken: English
Therapist personally touched by adoption? Yes, member of an Adoptive Family.
National Training Initiative (NTI) – Adoption Competency Mental Health Training Graduate: Yes, 2018.
Young Child (0-5)
Elementary Age (6-12)
Young Adult (Adopted person; 19+)
Adult (Adopted person)
Adult (Adoptive Parent – Individual)
Areas of Practice Strength:
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)
Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD)
Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Grief and Loss Related to Adoption
Search & Reunion Support
Adoption Identity (i.e. sense of self-worth; self-esteem…etc.)
Early Traumatic Experiences
Sexual Abuse (Victim)
Trauma Focused – Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF – CBT)
Trauma-informed Child Parent Psychotherapy (TI-CPP)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Circle of Security
Trust-based Relational Intervention (TBRI – model created by Dr. Karen Purvis and Dr. David Cross at Texas Christian University). Ben is a TBRI Practitioner and can also provide training using the TBRI Caregiver Training Package.
updated Spring 2021