Girls happily reading their books - at Orchard Place Des Moines

Orchard Place's PMIC Campus Therapist Victoria Wieben receives Al Schulte Memorial Awar


Pictured:  Amber Rand, Victoria Wieben and Kristie Oliver

Des Moines, Iowa— Orchard Place’s Victoria Wieben, PMIC Campus Therapist, recently received the Al Schulte Memorial Award in recognition of her service to Iowa children and families. The honor was awarded by the Coalition for Family & Children’s Services in Iowa at Orchard Place on May 24, 2017.

The Coalition presents the Al Schulte Memorial Award each year to recognize staff that has shown outstanding achievement in direct services to families and children.

As a licensed independent social worker and certified registered play therapist Wieben has worked for Orchard Place for three years.  Wieben’s passion for play therapy has allowed her to be a strong advocate for the youth and families, including creating a play therapy room on campus. 

Throughout her career, Wieben also has distinguished herself as calm and even-keeled.  Her calmness also helps keep staff grounded and centered with the challenging work they do.  She provides trauma-responsive therapy as well as role modeling trauma sensitive responses for the youth.  Wieben recently completed her EMDR training and is using this along with trauma-focused cognitive behavioral Therapy.   She also recently began a Girls on the Run group for campus Youth.  She recognizes that value of self-esteem work coupled with girl’s empowerment and fitness. 

“Going above and Beyond” isn’t even enough to describe the contributions Wieben has made to Orchard Place PMIC Campus and the clients she serves” says Amber Rand, Vice President of Orchard Place Campus. “We are fortunate to have her as part of our PMIC treatment team and look forward to what the future years will hold for Vicky and her clients.”

The Coalition for Family and Children’s Services was established in 1979 as an alliance of member agencies that work to strengthen services for Iowa’s children and families. For more information, visit