Kenny is the Chief Creative Officer, Co-Owner, and founder of Crow River Family Services based in Hutchinson, Minnesota and has been working with kids and families for over 25 years. In 2010, Kenny received the National Association of Social Workers (NASW-MN) Paul & Shelia Wellstone Social Justice Award for his work with marginalized populations in food security and local foods issues. Kenny is a highly sought after therapist/mental health practitioner providing therapy and skills based education to children and families. Kenny has received additional training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Stress Management, and Grief and Loss Counseling. Kenny is a professional, engaging speaker addressing topics related to adolescent mental health issues and has presented numerous times at state conferences as well as numerous high schools, conferences, and churches.
Kenny grew up on his family farm where his family has called home since 1875. It is this century farm that serves as the main experiential site for DIRT GROUP, a children’s mental health application based in the context of a gardening and farming project that Kenny created. DIRT GROUP is grounded in, and informed by four major theories and was the focus of Kenny’s thesis research studying how participation in experiential gardening groups influences social skills in at-risk youth. In September 2015, DIRT GROUP was honored by NASW-MN as Program of the Month. Kenny earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree (BA) in Psychology from St. John’s University and his Master’s Degree in Social Work (MSW) from St. Cloud State University where he was recognized as MSW Student of the Year and is a member of the Community Advisory Board for the MSW program.