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Carlson named West Fargo Schools behavioral health and wellness coordinator

Carlson will begin the new positon this year

Malarie Carlson
Special to the Pioneer
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WEST FARGO — Malarie Carlson has been named West Fargo Public Schools' behavioral health and wellness coordinator for West Fargo Public Schools.  

Carlson began working with Creative Care for Reaching Independence in 2007 as a support professional and then a mental health practitioner, before moving to the Community Violence Intervention Center in 2013. There, she served as the self sufficiency coordinator, the wellness coordinator, and a youth therapist until she joined the staff of Oak Grove Lutheran School as a school counselor in 2018.

She holds a master’s degree in counseling and student affairs from Minnesota State University-Moorhead and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from North Dakota State University.

“A significant challenge I see within my current system is access to mental health services," Carlson said. in a statement. "I have direct experience working with children who require services beyond what a school counselor should provide and have also been witness to the difficulties of securing services in the community. Strategizing and setting goals to overcome similar obstacles is something I have been doing with my colleague at the middle and high school as this issue is only becoming more prevalent. Having the opportunity to do this on a larger scale would be rewarding in order to help plan and facilitate access to services.”

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