Each of our amazing board members chose the profession of social work for a reason and we would like to share their stories with you. Stay tuned for a post about each of the social workers who represent YOU on the NASW-NC Board.
Mary E. Stephens, Ed.D., MSW, ACSW
Piedmont District Representative (2013-2015)
Dr. Stephens realized at the age of 10 that she wanted to help save children from abuse. This desire stemmed from observing child abuse at an early age. She did not know how to get into the profession of social work, but learned from others throughout her secondary school education, then decided to go to college to become a social worker.
After 33 years of social work practice she realized through continuing education, professional development and ongoing training in all areas of social work that practice had to be supported by policy, advocacy, and finding resources. She also felt that consumers needed to be empowered and educated to fight for themselves.
Dr. Stephens decided to become a Professor in higher education with a focus on macro social work practice to help future social workers understand the changes in social welfare programs and policy. To help them understand planning, organizing, and managerial skills to find solutions to social problems affecting population groups at the community, regional, and national levels. In addition, the baby social workers of the future need to better understand how to participate in democracy, cultural competence, feminist principles, and develop a strengths and assets approach to empower communities and consumers in social and economic justice.