Linda Pellmann named 2017 Carl Whitaker Award Recipient

About the Carl Whitaker Award:
The Carl Whitaker Award is given to a WAMFT member who has distinguished themselves by contributing to the field of Marriage and Family Therapy in creative or innovative ways. It is named after Carl Whitaker because he was a pioneer in the marriage and family therapy field. Through his experiential family therapy, he was personally engaged in helping families bring about change and flexibility in the family system.

About our Winner:

Linda Pellmann has been a Licensed  Marriage and Family Therapist since 2001.  She was called to become a counselor in 1996.  During the prior 20 years while she raised her 3 children she volunteered extensively in their schools, the community and ther church. Linda is passionate about relationships and encouraging others so it made sense to her to become a counselor.  She explored the 3 Master level degrees and knew that MFT systemic approach was best fit.  She was introduced to AAMFT during her graduate program and zmade it her professional home when she moved to Wisconsin.  She joined the WAMFT Board in 2001 and served as President 2008 -2010. 

Linda has worked at New Life Resources, Inc since 2000 specializing in marital counseling and family counseling in addition to leading women's therapeutic groups.  She leads family systems supervision at the agency challenging her colleagues to think systemically about both their individual and  family/couple  clients.

Linda has the privilege of teaching graduate courses as a guest and adjunct instructor in several programs including UW Whitewater and Evangelical Theological Seminary in Prague, Czech Republic.  She has had numerous opportunities to present topics on marriage and family, general mental health and integration of faith and psychology.  She is greatly interested in growing MFT by supervising and mentoring students and licensed professionals.

Linda serves on to the DSPS Marriage Family Therapy Professional Counselor Social Work Examining Board.  She is honored to represent you and the citizens of Wisconsin in this capacity.

Linda's varied professional experiences have taken her to Haiti to treat trauma victims 6 weeks after the 2012 Earthquake.  She went as part of a 3 person team to counsel Hatian World Relief Staff and other ministry leaders. The devastation opened her eyes further and compelled her to work internationally.  She has been invited to the Czech Republic 3 times since 2012 to teach and consult in various capacities; bachelor and master students, pastors and leaders and present at multi-day events.

Linda and Ned have been married for 45 years, have 3 chilchildren and 5 grandchildren.