Challenge Program


848 Chestnut St. 
Dawson, MN 56232 
Phone: 320-769-4684 


Referrals can be made by the student (self-referral), parent, teacher, school administrator, or community worker by contacting a Challenge counselor or by contacting our main office at 320-214-9692.

The Referral process includes

1. A Diagnostic Assessment 

  • Current within the last six months
  • Qualifying the child as having a Severe Emotional Disturbance (SED) or Emotional Disturbance (ED) for CTSS
  • Includes Challenge Program Recommendations

2. Complete Challenge Enrollment

  • Application for services 
  • Release of information
  • Student information form 

The Challenge Program Team Commits itself to:

  • Quality, professional care of your child.
  • Genuine concern for the well-being and growth of your child.
  • Individualized treatment planning for your child’s emotional, behavioral, and academic needs
  • The provision of parent sessions for information, education, and support

The Challenge Program provides services for children and adolescents with the following Diagnoses (This is not a complete listing):

  • Adjustment Disorder
  • Anxiety Disorder
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Conduct disorder
  • Dysthymia
  • Major Depression
  • Mood Disorder
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Oppositional Defiant Disorder
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Separation Anxiety Disorder
  • Schizoaffective Disorder
  • Reactive Attachment Disorder
  • Other diagnosis identified by a Qualified Mental Health Professional