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Curriculum Vitae

Judy Zimbelman

PO Box 535

Sioux Falls, SD 57101





2015-2018 Doctorate In Social Work, University of St. Thomas

1992-1994 Master’s of Social Work, University of Nebraska at Omaha

1982-1986 Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work, University of Sioux Falls

 Relevant Experience

Fall 2015-Present:  Full time Associate Professor for University of Sioux Falls

Teaching a variety of Social Work courses at a Bachelor level of education

January 2015-Present:  Military and Family Life Counselor for Magellan Health

Counseling individuals and family members of deployed and returning soldiers

Spring 2010-Spring 2015: Adjunct Social Work Professor for University of Sioux Falls


2007-Present: Custody Evaluator; Zimbelman Evaluations, Sioux Falls, SD

Conduct custody evaluations for the Court

Interview children, family members, and make collateral contacts in order to provide a report for the Court

Provide visitation and custody recommendations to the Court

Conduct adoption home studies

Testify in Court

2001-2007 Custody Evaluator; Sioux Falls Psychological, Sioux Falls, SD

Conduct custody evaluations for the Court

Interview children, family members, and make collateral contacts in order to provide a report for the Court

Provide visitation and custody recommendations to the Court

Testify in Court


1998-2007 Federal Probation Officer; United States Probation, Sioux Falls, SD

Complete investigations and pre sentence reports for the Court

Interview defendants, family members, and make contacts in order to obtain the necessary information

Complete home visits

Write recommendations for sentencing

Testify in Court

Supervise federal offenders and assess the family situations

Create case plans for each offender

Supervise social work students

Create programming as needed, justify the need for programs to Administrative Office

Facilitate groups

Identify and obtain community resources


1996-1998 Therapist; Lutheran Social Services, Sioux Falls, SD

Provided therapy for individuals and families

Conducted custody evaluations for the Court


1993-1996 Therapist; Family Service, Sioux Falls, SD

Provided therapy for individuals and families

Facilitated adolescent sex offender groups, suicide survivor groups, and various other groups


1989-1992 Pediatric/Oncology Social Worker; McKennan Hospital; Sioux Falls, SD

Provided support for individuals and families going through cancer treatment

Facilitated close communication with school systems and presented information regarding cancer and AIDS

Maintained a good working relationship with community resources and made referrals as needed

Provided counseling for HIV positive individuals and families

Facilitated support groups


1988-1989 Mental Health Counselor; Mental Health Unit-McKennan Hospital, Sioux Falls, SD

Provided one to one counseling

Led groups on assertiveness training

Created a care plan for individual patients and attended care conferences with team members


1984-1988 Child Care Counselor; Juvenile Court Center, Sioux Falls, SD

Served as a rotating shift supervisor

Controlled and supervised juveniles

Created and coordinated activities as well as responded to crisis situations

Facilitated counseling and communicated with families regarding their child

Maintained accurate records of the shift’s activities


Professional Memberships

Association of Family and Concilliation Courts

National Association of Social Workers

Association of Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors

Professional Qualifications

Certified Social Worker, eligible to engage in private independent practice

MSW, CSW-PIP, licensed in the State of South Dakota, License #1501

Certified by State of SD as a Qualified Mental Health Professional (QMHP)

Training and Workshops

NASW-South Dakota Chapter 2017 Annual Conference March 30-31, 2017

*Presenter of "The Impact of Limited Resources In Rural Areas On Parenting Ability and Realistic Solutions"


AFCC National Training Conference, Seattle, WA.  June 1-4, 2016

*Providing High Quality, Affordable, and Trustworthy Processes
*Marraige and Family Trends in the 21st Century
*Effective Interviews with Children
*Managing and Evaluating Your Relocation Case
*Reports Without Diagnoses
*Minnesota's New, Child-Focused Best Interest Factors
*Modern Fathering
*Protecting the Families We Create:  Reproduction, Adoption, and
*Implications of Technology and Social Media for Domestic Violence
  and Family Court Cases
*Resuscitating Frye
*Reforming the Law to Meet the Needs of Modern Families
*Coercive Control: Assessment, Treatment, and Custody Matters


Training Instructor for South Dakota Spring Judicial Conference May 5, 2016

* Presentation and discussion panel on custody evaluations topics

NASW-South Dakota Chapter 2016 Annual Conference March 17-18, 2016
*Internet and Technology Addiction
*Social Workers as Advocates
*History of Mental Illness in SD
*Generalized Anxiety Disorder
*People Do Well If They Can

Empowered to Connect Simulcast, Sioux Falls, SD, April 10-11, 2015
*Hope & Help for the Journey
*Understanding a Child's History & Its Impact
*The Attachment Dance
*Our Journey of Hope:  The Coley's Adoption Story
*Developing Healing Connections
*Empowering Our Kids to Succeed: Understanding Sensory
  Processing and the Neurochemistry of Fear
*Parenting from a Hard Place

2015 NASW-SD Annual Conference, Sioux Falls, SD.  March 26-27, 2015
*Combatting Human Trafficking: The SD Approach
*Love Grows Brains
*Evolution and Revolution in Social Work Ethics I and II
*Technology Based Supervision
*An Introduction to Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
*Dialectical Behavior Therapy

Effective Intervention & Collaboration in Domestic Violence Cases, Sioux Falls, SD, April 17, 2014

 DSM-5: Diagnosis for Psychological and Emotional Disorders Seminar, Sioux Falls, SD, March 7, 2014

AFCC Regional Training Conference, Kansas City, MO. November 7-9, 2013
*Intimate Partner Violence and CHild Custody Evaluation
*Hearing Children's Voices in Disputed Custody Cases
*When is Enough, Enough?  Realistic Bases for Custody Report Critiques
*Digging Deeper: How to Unearth Important Facts from Your Child Client

AFCC 49th Annual Conference, Chicago, IL.  June 6-9, 2012
*When to pull the plug on Parenting Coordination Clients
*The Credible and Helpful Custody Evaluation
*A Child's Preference for the Batterer in Child Custody Cases
*Infant Attachment I
*Infant Attachment II
*Fathering and Father Involvement after Divorce
*Working with Personality Disorders as Attachment Disorders

Professional Resilience and E-Technology Ethics Seminar March 22-23, 2012

South Dakota certified Qualified Mental Health Professional 12/31/11

AFCC Regional Training Conference, Reno, NV.  November 5-7, 2009
*Advanced Parenting Coordination Strategies and Intervention
*Children, Courts and Conflict
*Defining Standards of Practice in Child Custody Evaluations
*The Various Uses of Violence in Intimate Relationships
*Parenting Coordination in Cyberspace
*Brief Focused Assessments: It's Not Just for Court Services Any More

44th Annual Association of Family and Conciliation Courts Conference    May 29-June 2, 2007

"Understanding Addiction and Recovery"  NASW    March 23-24, 2006

7th Annual Conference -Anger, Trauma & Addiction    April 21-23, 2005

Moral Reconation Therapy Basic Training     April 11-14, 2003

"In the Shadows of the Net" Patrick Carnes, Ph.D    April 5th, 2002

"How to Conduct a Custody Evaluation"  Barry Bricklin, Ph.D.    May 25-27, 2001




























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