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BSU’s Mack earns state honor

Brenda Mack

BEMIDJI -- Brenda Mack, an assistant professor of social work at BSU, recently was named as one of three recipients of the 2017 Outstanding Service Award from the Minnesota Association for Children's Mental Health.

The association’s awards recognize achievement or leadership in the field of children’s mental health, a release said. The Outstanding Service Award is given annually to a person who demonstrates compassion, dedication and commitment to improving quality of life for children with or at risk of having a mental health disorder; who provides lasting contribution to children with mental health needs or to the field of children’s mental health; who is engaged in advocacy activities related to children’s mental health; and/or develops or implements innovative, successful methods of care.

The association noted Mack’s work as director of the Northwestern Mental Health Center in Crookston, where she led an effort to create a school-based mental health program that serves 21 school districts, including a Native American reservation. The program provided free therapy, assessment and skills development activities for uninsured or underinsured families with limited access to transportation.

Mack is in her first year on the BSU faculty. Her courses include Introduction to Social Welfare, Intercultural Communications, Family Dynamics and Interventions and Generalist Practice 1.

Mack will be honored with two other recipients of the 2017 Outstanding Service Award during the association’s annual awards gala Nov. 10 in Brooklyn Park, Minn.