Sarah Bigley, MSW, has been one of the primary therapists on the High Desert Unit at Shodair Children’s Hospital since June 2019. Sarah earned her Certificate in Forensics, and bachelor’s degrees in both Psychology and Anthropology from the University of Montana in 2014. She then received her Master of Social Work Degree with a focus in Direct Practice with Children, Youth, and Families from Arizona State University in 2019. She received her license as a Social Work Licensed Candidate (SWLC) in the state of Montana in 2019.
Sarah began her career in mental health at AWARE Inc. in 2014 while in Missoula, Montana, serving as a youth service technician in group homes for adolescent girls and younger boys. Upon graduation from the University of Montana, she was employed at St. Patrick’s Hospital in Missoula Montana as a Patient Services Representative in the Outpatient Psychiatry Clinic and the Urgent Mental Health Clinic. Sarah then became a Mental Health Technician at the Providence Center at St. Patrick’s Hospital where she also served as a Certified Nursing Assistant.
Sarah was accepted to a graduate program at Arizona State University in 2017, where she completed two internships for her Master of Social Work degree. Her first internship involved assisting the lead Social Worker at the Amphitheater High School, and her second internship was with the Palo Verde Behavioral Health Hospital where she worked with adolescents on an inpatient unit. During her time in Arizona, she also worked part time for the Center for Applied Behavioral Health Policy as a Motivational Interviewing Coder and Coach.
When Sarah is not working, she can be found playing video games, hiking in Glacier National Park, playing with her cat, creating art, or spending time with her family.