About Me

Tara Boer

Tara Boer
Instructor of Social Work

Phone: (712) 722-6371
Email: Tara.Boer@dordt.edu

I feel privileged that God has called me to a profession in which I am entrusted to walk alongside people during some of the most difficult times in their lives. Seeing the brokenness first hand creates a natural dependence on the Lord--this is one of the many things I love about Social Work and Criminal Justice. I am passionate about protecting children and informing the students and the community about our responsibility in ensuring the safety and wellbeing for all children. I have a special interest and training in mental health treatment and find it especially meaningful to work with those that have been sexually abused and assaulted. I have experience working with the various systems that impact children and families and feel it is important that students leave Dordt College with an adequate understanding of how to successfully navigate through these systems and articulate the factors at play for the people that we serve. I enjoy helping students make connections between what is learned in the classroom and how to practically apply the material to their future career. I pray that students will identify their God-given passions and feel empowered to transform lives at the micro and macro levels.

I have worked as an in-home worker where I provided skill building and parent training for at-risk children and families. For four years I worked at Eckerd Youth Challenge Program, a residential treatment program for delinquent teenage boys. I coordinated the individualized mental health and substance abuse treatment and provided individual, group, and family therapy to youth and their families. After receiving my MSW, I contracted with a home health care agency doing medical Social Work for the elderly. I was also a therapist at Pasco Kids First, a sexual assault treatment program, where I provided mental health treatment to sexually abused children and non-offending caregivers. I have worked in the child welfare system serving as a supervisor for Family Safety, Risk, and Permanency Services (FSRP) in Northwest Iowa. This service ensures safety, stability, and safe reunification for the children residing in, or at risk of being in foster care. I currently work part time as a mental health therapist for children and families in the area. I am trained in Motivational Interviewing (MI), Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), and Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT).  I regularly utilize play therapy techniques in my work with children. I received my BSW from Dordt College and my MSW from the University of South Florida. I am a Licensed Independent Social Worker. I currently teach Fundamentals of Social Work, Aging in Social Work, Diversity and Inequality, Vulnerable Populations, Juvenile Justice, and Victimology.  

I am married and have a beautiful daughter. I enjoy running, sports, reading, and spending time with family and friends.