Ben Nesbitt

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Ben Nesbitt


Alexandria , MN


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. 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:

  • Attachment
  • Adoption
  • 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)