40 Stories for 40 Years: Sherry Lundberg

by Emily Roberts | Jul 25, 2018

Sherry Lundberg joined The Family Place in 1984 as a Case Manager in the North Dallas Help Center, which was the precursor to our Battering Intervention & Prevention Program (BIPP). A licensed professional counselor with a master’s degree in Psychology, she brought a clinical perspective to family violence work, which had primarily grown out of the women’s movement. When Sherry became Program Director in 1985, a role she would hold until 1996, her clinical background shaped the program, which was at the forefront of work with abusers.

“In the early days of the men’s program, there was a big emphasis on education,” Sherry says. “We focused on the clergy, the medical community, suicide and crisis centers, and the gay and lesbian community to talk about detection and intervention. We worked with the Jewish Coalition Against Domestic Violence and the Visiting Nurses Association to try bring family violence into the light. We wanted as many people as possible to know how to recognize family violence and where they could get help.”

Sherry worked with a professor at UT Southwestern, Alvin North, to develop the Lundberg-North Inventory of Psychological abuse, a checklist for adults that became a mainstay in family violence education and counseling. She also developed a resource brochure for teens called “Love Does Not Need to Hurt,” and a resource book for the clergy called “Stopping Abuse in the Family: What Can Faith Communities Do?”

In 1993, the Texas Legislature authorized family violence offenders to be referred to battering treatment as part of probation, and program development work grew in Texas. By that point, The Family Place, with Sherry in a leadership role, had much knowledge to share. Sherry went on to serve on the state committee that developed standards for BIPP programs. Those standards later drove the requirements for BIPP accreditation, and, in 2009, The Family Place BIPP became one of the first providers in Texas to become fully accredited under new state guidelines. In 2017, our BIPP program provided 12,805 service hours to 628 men, 133 women and 15 adolescents. The majority of clients are court ordered to counseling, and the program continues to be one of the premier service providers in Texas.

Since she left The Family Place, Sherry has been in private practice in Dallas serving a wide variety of clients.

“I still love doing what I do,” she says. “I never have gotten burned out. I’m realistic about what I can do and about what the client can do. When you work inside of that space, you can feel successful.”