In response to Lutheran Social Service’s continued growth in behavioral health services over the last few years, the agency has named Sara Stallman, LICSW, as its clinical director.
Stallman is currently director of LSSND’s Abound Counseling and has worked as a therapist for more than 15 years. She has extensive experience delivering mental health case-management work in a variety of settings, most often serving children and families who have experienced trauma and who have complex needs. Stallman has previously led treatment teams at several agencies in Minnesota and North Dakota.
She holds a bachelor’s in psychology from Concordia College, a master’s in social work from Augsburg College, and was one of the first local providers to receive her National Certification for Adoption and Permanency Competency. She is nationally certified as a Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapist.
Most recently, Stallman was named a 2019 YWCA Woman of the Year for her contributions to youth advocacy in the Fargo-Moorhead community.
As clinical director, Stallman will provide and coordinate clinical supervision across a number of program areas, facilitate provider recruitment, and oversee standards for quality of care. In addition she will help lead and coordinate efforts in Abound Counseling and the new Imagine Thriving Skills Coaching service, and will serve as a resource for case management, care coordination and therapy-oriented staff across a number of program areas, including Family Counseling, Gambler's Choice, FreeThrough Recovery and Violence-Free.
“The complexity of the needs of so many of the children, families and older adults we serve has continued to increase,” says LSSND CEO Jessica Thomasson. “One of the things that has become apparent is that we as an organization need to do an even better job of supporting our staff by formalizing the availability of clinician consultation with and for staff who work directly with clients. By creating opportunities for clinical and peer support we will not only help support client-serving staff but also will continue to ensure we are delivering the absolute best service we can to the people we encounter in our work.”