Sara Ustabas, LCSW

Advisory Board Member


Sara Ustabas is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over ten years of professional field experience including medical-based social work, trauma focused behavioral therapy, asylum services, psychiatric, mental, and women's health services, and child and family services.  Her interest in international social work brought her to England in 2010-2012 working in Kent County Council: Child & Family Services as Asylum Master Social Worker where she conducted clinical assessments, follow-ups, and life stories accounts for immigration tribunal hearings; developed treatment plans for unaccompanied immigrant children and adolescents aged 4-18; led the provision of services for unaccompanied, asylum seeking, and trafficked children; provided crisis therapy for children and addressed issues such as suicidal ideation, depression, anxiety, and PTSD; facilitated child forensic interviewing, allowing for professional court testimony; provided intensive case management to youth in transitional living and in foster care settings; and led monthly child welfare checks and assessment review meetings with the local council.  Sara is a first generation Peruvian whose cultural background,and love for travel inspired her to work abroad aware that all human beings have shared similarities in the challenges of daily lives, experiences of social injustice and that global awareness is a necessity to enhance and expand a social worker view of the interconnectedness of human relationship with each other.

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