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Young men start new lives in Community Transition Program house

By Mark Nicklawske Posted 01/26/2018 The two-story white house on a wooded lot just below The Hills campus has two very different views out its front and back windows. Off the back of the house, residents can see The Hills health and recreation center and the top of...
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Community Coaches help youth find their way

By Mark Nicklawske Mike (not his actual name) is a 14-year-old couch surfer with no home or real family. He bounces around the Duluth area from month to month which leads to school attendance problems. When he does make it to class, he finds it difficult to...
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Moving toward integration this holiday season

By Sonja Wildwood, MA, LPCC clinical therapist for Cambia Hills Originally published December 13, 2016 Republished November 20, 2017   Whether you celebrate Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, or otherwise- the end of the year and holiday season can be a lot. It is an...
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Transitional Services – a vital part of programming for residential youth

By Tonya Land Posted November 17, 2017 In 2015, The Hills Youth and Family Services appointed Erik Mattson, a long-time Woodland Hills team member, to oversee its new transitional services program.  The primary goal is to assist youth to be successful when returning...
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Day of Unity emphasizes importance of a peaceful community

Day of Unity emphasizes importance of a peaceful community By Mark Nicklawske Posted October 27, 2017 The Pioneers had just downed an amazing 173 three-point shots during the final 15 minutes of a basketball skills session with Marlon Grant in The Hills health and...
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What does cyberbullying look like?

By Tom Sewell, Duluth Police Department Cyberbullies use social media, blogs, and texting to harass and spread hurtful messages and pictures about other people. Cyberbullying is in the top five offenses most experienced by young adults. What Does Cyberbullying Look...
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Building empathy and compassion in our youth

By Sonja Wildwood, MA, LPCC clinical therapist for Cambia Hills Posted October 17, 2017 As we know, for the last several years there has been a push to end bullying especially focused on prevention in our schools. There are posters to “stomp out bullying” and others...
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Harvest Fest celebrates a season of growing, learning

By Mark Nicklawske Posted 09/15/2017 “Apple cider! Apple cider! I know you desire apple cider,” shouted a Hills teenager hawking cold drinks to a passing crowd at the annual Hills Harvest Fest last Friday. The young man wore a blue Adidas jersey and stood about as...
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The Hills Hires Former Assistant Commissioner to Run New Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility for Children

The Hills Youth and Family Services has hired Dave Hartford, former assistant commissioner at the Minnesota Department Human Services (DHS) to run a psychiatric residential treatment facility for children it is building in the Twin Cities. As assistant commissioner,...
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Juvenile Justice programming includes a focus on trauma

Individual and family therapy is an important part of the treatment process for juvenile justice clients at Woodland Hills.

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