Sandi Lindgren

Author | Speaker | Trainer | Clinical Social Worker | Coach | Consultant

My Vision

All youth have the opportunity to develop to their full potential while being supported by positive adults who have the knowledge, skills and ability to provide that support without telling them what to do.

My Mission

My professional mission is to support youth. I do this by focusing on leadership development, coaching, training and consulting with  adults and youth-serving organizations worldwide. I plan to create a global training and support network for youth-serving professionals and organizations to utilize life coaching skills with youth.

I believe that:

  • Leadership development should be transparent, involving both supervisors and direct reports in the development and measurement of leader growth.
  • Behavioral change is most successful when supported by those that will benefit from the change.
  • Many great direct service staff are promoted into leadership roles without being given adequate support and resources for developing their leadership skills (The Peter Principle), which then can lead to higher staff turnover rates.
  • Emotional Intelligence is a key factor in leadership success and failure.

If you have the determination, courage and humility to work in a transparent relationship with your team, I can help you become a more effective as a leader or team.

“I believe that we, as adults, are able to provide our best services to others when we have our own support.”
– Sandi Lindgren

Education and Qualifications:

  • PhD: Professional Coaching and Human Development – IUPS.edu
  • PCC: Professional Certified Coach – International Coach Federation
  • Masters in Social Work (MSW) – Augsburg College
  • LICSW: Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker – MN Dept of Social Work
  • Certified Executive Coach – Marshall Goldsmith Stakeholder Centered Coaching
  • Certified Consultant in EQi-2.0 and EQi-360 Assessments – Multi-Health Systems
Professional Experience:
Current Designations:

  • Clinical Director of Children’s Mental Health Case Management – POR, LLC
  • Contractor: Master Trainer and Writer for MN Department of Human Services
  • Owner: iSupportYOUth! LLC (Coaching/Consulting/Training business)
  • Red Cross Disaster Mental Health Volunteer (since 2010)
Previous Roles:

  • Adjunct Social Work Faculty (Augsburg College)
  • Psychotherapist
  • High School Social Worker
  • Children’s Mental Health Case Manager
  • Wraparound Coordinator
  • Clinical Supervisor
  • Caseworker
  • Wilderness Camp Counselor
  • Juvenile Probation Officer
  • Juvenile Traffic Hearing Officer
  • Detention Home Supervisor
  • Emergency Crisis Shelter Worker
  • Hospice Volunteer
Areas of Expertise:

  • Clinical social work supervision
  • Supervision of youth workers
  • Adolescent mental health
  • Leader and staff development
  • Training and facilitation
  • Group work


Other Strengths:

  • Collaborative/relational/flexible/ethical/intuitive/expressive/supportive skills
  • Coaching/communication/high stress tolerance/dependable/motivational capabilities
  • Mentor Coach for teen/young adult life coaching
  • Female responsive programming
  • Photovoice
  • Bilingual (English/Spanish)