March is National Social Work Month, so we decided to profile many of our gifted and hard-working social workers. We asked them three questions about the profession and their work here at Lahey Health Behavioral Services.
For National Social Work Month: Three Questions with President Hilary Jacobs
We started our "3 Questions" profile of social workers with our agency president, Hilary Jacobs, LICSW, LADCI.
Appointed as president in fall 2017, Hilary has previously served as the Vice President of Addiction Treatment and Youth Residential Services here at Lahey Health Behavioral Services. Hilary holds a Master of Social Work from Boston Unviersity Graduate School of Social Work and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Bates College.
3 Questions with Stephanie Bartlett, LICSW, In Home Therapy
1. Was socal 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.
3 Questions With David Selden, LICSW, Cape Ann Adult Behavioral Learning Center
1. David, was social work your first career choice and what attracted you to the field?
After deciding I would never be able to earn a living playing hockey, and all of the psychology graduate programs rejected me, I realized the people who seemed to know what I wanted to know and who I most enjoyed working with were social workers.
3 Questions with Rhiannon Goshow-Snook, LCSW, Intensive Care Coordinator, In Home Therapy Haverhill
1. Rhiannon, was social work your first career choice and what attracted you to the field?
I actually went into college thinking I wanted to do music education. However, when I found out I needed to audition for this, I decided to go into school undecided. I had it in the back of my mind that I wanted a career that would involve helping people; I just didn't know what that career would be. Then I saw an advertisement for a January Term class at my school for Introduction to Social Work and decided to give it a try. We had a field trip every week that involved volunteering at various social service agencies and ever since this, I knew that social work was the career for me.
3 Questions with Stacy Ott, LCSW, Director, HART (Healing and Recovering Together) House
1. Stacy, was social work your first career choice and what attracted you to the field?
Social work was not my first career choice per se. Growing up, I knew I always wanted to help impact other people’s lives, but was never exactly clear on how I was going to do that. Twenty two years ago, I came “out of the closet” and was working one on one with an LICSW who changed my life. It was then that I realized I wanted to become a social worker to help others overcome adversity and improve their quality of life.