SARAH STEVERMAN, MSW (2006)
What brought you to social work school? Why NCSSS?
I was working with adults with mental illnesses in DC, and decided it was time to go back to school to gain more skills. I was attracted to NCSSS because I was interested in the spectrum of social work, from clinical to macro practice, and liked the option of choosing the combined or macro concentrations. I also was very impressed with the field education options, and knew I would have great choices in macro placements, being in DC.
Why the Social Justice and Social Change concentration?
During my foundation year, the classes that really excited me were the ones about policy, community action, and social change, and realized that I enjoyed discussing political and social issues more than clinical ones.
What is your current job, what do you do in your job, and how did the MSW program -- Social Change Concentration prepare you for your current job?
I am currently the Director of State Policy at Mental Health
, the former National Mental Health Association. I work with our state and local affiliates on their advocacy agendas, and provide technical assistance on mental health policy issues in the states. The social change concentration coursework in policy analysis, community organizing, and health policy was an important basis for my work in mental health advocacy. Additionally, I was able to secure a field placement at the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, which was valuable for understanding the mental health system and honing my policy analysis skills. America