Welcome to Minneota. I am excited to be the social worker for grades K-12.
About Social Work and Counseling
I strongly believe you should feel comfortable with the social worker you choose, and hopeful about the changes you are making. One of my founding principals is based in therapeutic rapport. I believe a strong relationship is the key to any lasting change and I will work hard to ensure the students know I care about them as a person as well as their success in and out of school. As a social worker, I am trained in developing relationships, helping students access needed services and facilitating change. Social workers attempt to understand individuals in the context of their larger environment - meaning I will look at all of the factors that might be influencing each situation. If at any time you have any questions, I hope you will not hesitate to ask me.
I am a LICSW or an Independent Clinical Social Worker licensed by the state of Minnesota. I obtained a masters degree in social work from Augsburg College, an accredited university. Following the completion of that program, I completed two years of supervised clinical practice and passed two licensing exams. Clinical Social Workers need to maintain their licensure by following a code of ethical practice and obtaining ongoing training and education. I have experience working with students Pre-K through 12th grade.
My educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology (minor in Special Education) from Southwest Minnesota State University, and a Master of Social Work from Augsburg College. I then went on to complete a masters program in School Counseling at Minnesota State University, Moorhead. In addition, I have also completed four courses, experiential hours, and a oral presentation to earn certification in Yoga Calm. I love learning!