3 Questions with Stephanie Bartlett, LICSW, In Home Therapy
1. Was social work your first career choice and what attracted you to the field?
I always say that social work found me, not the other way around. I was a sociology major at my undergrad. However, as I started plugging along in my major classes, my adviser let me know that I could add a concentration in social work onto my degree. So, I figured, why not? Once I took those few extra classes, I knew that social work was what I wanted to do. I loved the concept of being able to help people who were struggling and to be able to go to people, advocate for them, and meet them where they were at. I love that social work looks at the individual, but also the surrounding, and how both affect the person. Since then, I never questioned if there was another field I would go into. It has, is, and will always be social work.
2. Stephanie, name one thing that you wish more people understood about the professional role and the daily work of a social worker?
One thing that I wish more people understood about social work is that we are more than just DCF workers. Social work is such a broad field that allows people to work with any population that interests them: schools, the elderly, children and families. Social work allows and prepares us to do case management, clinical work, school-based work, community work, or any avenue you could ever want.
3. How does your social work experience and education guide your work in your current role in child and family care?
My MSW program had a very clinical lens, which I am glad for. It challenged me to think in ways I never had before, especially coming from a sociology undergraduate program. I was really empowered to get into more clinical work right out of my program. My whole social work career has been working in Children’s Behavioral Health Initiative (CBHI). I started out as an IHT clinician and am now a manager. Having worked in virtually every CBHI program, I feel like I am able to speak directly to the work my staff are doing because, I too, have been exactly where they are. I am so passionate about all the CBHI programs and know how successful they can be and how much families benefit from them. And knowing this drives me to continue to grow in my role and be the best social worker I can be.