Meet Lynn Herrick
Lynn was born in Sioux Falls, SD and raised on a farm near Jasper, MN. His family left the farm when he was five moving to Sioux Falls. They was involved in a variety of moves including living on the East Coast in places like New Jersey, New York City and Boston, but they eventually returned to the Midwest, where he graduated from high school in Luverne, MN.
After high school graduation, he enrolled at Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall. His schooling was interrupted by service in the Army where he served as an Infantry Squad Leader in Vietnam. After completing his military commitment, Lynn returned to SMSU where he completed his degree in Psychology. He moved his family to Luverne where he experienced the same misfortune as youth of today of being unable to find employment with his Psychology degree in our rural district. Lynn took on various jobs in the area before continuing his education at Minnesota State University Mankato (formerly Mankato State University) where he earned a Master’s degree in Community Counseling. To help finance his graduate education, he was an adjunct professor at University of Minnesota, Waseca campus.
His first employment in the field was in Ida Grove and Cherokee, IA in 1988. After six years working there, he and his family returned to Worthington, MN where he currently resides. He has worked for Southwestern Mental Health Center, Western Community Action Program and currently Greater Minnesota Family Services. He is a Licensed Psychologist and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, serving the nine counties that make up the Southwest corner of Minnesota. He has presented at several state conventions focusing on the mental health needs and issues facing children and families.
Working within this region, Lynn has served multiple programs that help families. He has been the Clinical Director for a chemical dependency treatment program. He created and ran a treatment program for batterers of domestic violence while also serving as Board Chairman for the local SW Crisis Center program assisting victims of domestic abuse. Lynn and his wife, Deb, have worked to help marriages through their work with the Marriage Encounter Program.
He is serving on the Advisory Council for the SMOC Head Start program and has served various Head Start programs directly as a consultant for over 38 years. He regularly makes community presentations through Jackson County Child Abuse Program to help parents understand the challenging behaviors of their children and assist them in their parenting approaches.
His interest in children has driven him to create both a group home and shelter care facility for troubled youth. He has also worked with local school districts and family services to create five different day treatment programs within schools that allowed children to receive mental health services while still in school.
For the last 13 years, Lynn has focused on the needs of children in the early part of their lives. Through Greater Minnesota FSA, he has been instrumental in the creation of mental health programming for children Birth through 5 to the point where Greater Minnesota has become the second largest provider of these services in the state of Minnesota. They currently cover 45 counties throughout rural Minnesota. Through these efforts, 12 specific intensive day treatment programs, SEEDs, have been created to meet the specific social and emotional needs of these young children. Because of his work, he was asked to be on the Governor’s Task Force looking at specific needs and system delivery for Early Childhood Mental Health.
He also works as a state-wide trainer through Minnesota Department of Education and Department of Human Services focusing on helping other professionals understand the needs of these children and families. He has been the main speaker at a State convention for young farmers. He was active in the mental health issues facing farmers during the Farm Crisis during the 1980s.
He has worked closely with Teachers, Administrators and Counselors within the schools. His work has involved collaborative efforts with Social Workers, Attorneys, Judges, Probation Officers and local Community Action Programs in developing the most appropriate interventions to help families in distress.
Lynn married his high school sweetheart Deb while serving in the Army. They have been married for 50 years and have been residents of Worthington for 32 years. Lynn and Deb have three children, seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Two children and three grandchildren have graduated from Worthington High School and two great-grandchildren are still in this school district. He knows the strengths and weaknesses of the system. children. He is proud of the cultural diversity of his family as his grandchildren represent the cultures of Mexico and India, as well as having Jewish and African American heritage.