"Humans sharing human stories within a human serving profession"


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What is this book about?

A never-before-seen look into the humans within the profession...of Social Work.

When most people think of Social Work; Child Protective Services, low wages and challenging work may come to mind.

This book is a refreshing and eye opening view into the humans behind the profession; the journeys into, around and even out of Social Work.

Most people don't realize that this work is far-reaching beyond just Social Work, Behavior Analysis, Mental Health, Case Management, Treatment Planning and Social Services. This profession also looks into the fields of Psychology, Coaching, Consulting, Entrepreneurship and even death-row mitigation.

In this book you will find stories of journeys from long ago and journeys just beginning. Common themes within each journey include; the deep desire to be connected to others, the desire to help, the desire to see those that feel unseen, and a rise to the call for social justice.

Story telling is social action. Sharing journey stories builds the momentum to connect, to seek others’ journey stories, and to see the journey stories within ourselves. This is collective building through journey stories shared.

This book serves as a professional call to action. All those who come into, around, or out of social work have a personal journey, and directly parallel, all those served by the field of social work have a journey story. Let’s be reminded that the helping profession of social work was in fact built on passions professionalized.

Who is this book for?

Prospective Social Work Students, Social Work Organizations, Professionals, Leaders, Case Workers, Masters Students and People who want to understand the Humans within the profession.


Connect with the Where Social Work Can Lead Authors


Previously a social worker, Amanda has spent the last fifteen years pouring her heart and soul into incorporating safety and sobriety into people’s homes – but for as long as she can remember, she has always had a passion for interior design. She is excited to now be pouring that energy and heart space into creating beauty in people’s homes.

Facebook: Amanda Suzanne

Instagram: @amanda_fordham and @thefreckledpoppy






Ashley's life purpose is to guide workaholic, six-figure earners back into alignment, so they can step into their most authentic selves and live a life of bliss and abundance.

After over a decade as a social worker, Ashley found herself chasing someone else's dream. Ashley knew that she was meant for more and took a leap of faith into her most magical life. Her goal is to blend her wisdom and expertise of the impact childhood traumas have on adults. She uses a strengths-based approach to help high earners find their magically authentic selves.

 Website: https://linktr.ee/TheUnicornEffect


Beth Tyson, MA is a childhood trauma consultant, and children’s book author. She has several years of experience as a mental health clinician working with families impacted by trauma. Beth provides education and training to organizations who want to prevent and heal childhood trauma.

Beth is a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA), a member of the CASA Advisory Council, and a Voices for Children Coalition partner, advocating for youth impacted by trauma in the child welfare system. She is also a professional member of the Pennsylvania Counseling Association.

Website: www.bethtyson.com




 Cherish Fields is challenging the status quo. From being a product of foster care to becoming a Child Welfare Leader and sought-after speaker. She hosts a podcast called Child Welfare Leaders. Cherish is a trained MSW obtaining her education from University of Michigan. She has dedicated her career to improving the experience of those who encounter the child welfare system and creating generational impact. Her work on the importance of relationships was published in the Michigan Social Work and Social Justice Journal in 2011. https://anchor.fm/cherishfields-msw

 Instagram: @cherishfields_MSW

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/cherish-fields-msw-ed-s-17482411/



Christina Broderick is a Licensed Social Worker, a former Psychotherapist, a Certified School Social Worker, an Adjunct Professor, and a business owner, who is passionate about ensuring people live in their purpose and mental health becomes a priority for all.

Having worked across the entire lifespan, Christina founded Broderick and Company Consulting (formerly IgnitEDU) in 2018, a premier agency with the aim to provide mental health education, training, and resources to K12/higher education programs and corporations looking to strengthen the supports and practices of their community, as well as business coaching for social workers building service-based, impact-driven businesses.

You can learn more and connect at www.broderickandco.com

Courtney Aaberg is a Rule 79 Children’s Mental Health Targeted Case Manager/Children’s Therapeutic Services and Supports practitioner at Lakeland Mental Health Center in Minnesota. In this role, Courtney coordinates mental health services that provide direct rehabilitative intervention to children living with severe emotional disturbance diagnoses. Courtney is recently widowed aspiring to find strength in the struggle of life’s most unpredictable seasons. She resides in North Dakota with her daughter.   

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/courtney-aaberg-7b6156b8





Dan graduated Summa Cum Laude from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, in Social Work in 1994 and has over 25 years of human service experience.  This includes working for 4 different Child Welfare agencies in Ontario, Canada, in front line, supervisory and managerial capacities across all functions.  And in the Youth and Adult Mental Health and Addictions Sectors serving both Children and Adults in various capacities including program management.   Dan developed and trains the HEERO™ (Helping Everyone/Each Other Reach Out) approach and is focused on moving it forward in both Canada and the U.S.A and further internationally.

Website: www.HEERO.ca

LinkedIn: http://linkedin.com/in/daniel-martin-65b006155

Facebook Page: HEERO






Deb Frank has been an integrative massage therapist, Reiki master and teacher, personal and professional coach, and trainer for over 20 years.  She also has a master’s degree in social work.  Deb applies a strength-based, holistic model, rooted in social work philosophies, to her healing practice.  Deb’s extensive and diverse education, training, and experience help to provide each individual with a personalized session that promotes healing.  She considers her role as one that creates awareness, facilitates change, and holds space for others to do their own work physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.  She believes that no two people are alike, and therefore no two sessions are alike.  Deb lives in Minnesota with her husband and son.  She and her family enjoy kayaking, camping, hiking, traveling, volunteering, and connecting with family and friends.

Website: www.debfranktherapy.com





“It is not how many people we find; it is what we do with the people we find.” Elizabeth, MSW, LSW is a model co-author, subject matter expert, and advocate of Family Finding, Family Seeing work across the globe. Her consulting, writing, teaching, and strategic support have taken her to work in Australia and New Zealand, Canada, the United States, various parts of Central and South America as well as Western Europe. 

Elizabeth’s original focus was within the American foster care system, where her program work in Family Finding allowed her a lens into advocacy for family connection and well-being at the clinical, as well as policy and funding levels. Elizabeth now continues that expertise and examination through work with government systems, private organizations and coalitions, and healthcare companies working with children and adults.

  Elizabeth’s work can be found via social media and on her website



Gilbert Domally began his career in human services as an on-call youth counselor in 1999. Since then, he has served in a variety of direct practice and leadership capacities. His experiences include youth counseling, program coordination, case management, child protection supervision and program management.

Gil holds a Bachelor of Science with concentrations in social science and religion from Liberty University and Master of Arts in Family Life Education from Concordia University Saint Paul. Gil was certified as a family life educator in 2013 and became a licensed graduate social worker in 2015.

He is scurrently employed by Hennepin County as a Senior Administrative Manager in Human Services overseeing equity work, community engagement, staffing management and payroll, and implementation of the Safe and Connected Consultation and Information Sharing Framework. 




Hilary N. Weaver, DSW (Lakota) is a Professor and Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, School of Social Work, University at Buffalo. She received her BS from Antioch College and MSW and DSW from Columbia University. Her focus is on cultural issues in helping processes with an emphasis on Indigenous Peoples. Dr. Weaver is Chair-elect of the CSWE board of directors, Global Indigenous Commissioner for IFSW, and President of the Indigenous and Tribal Social Work Educators Association. She was inducted as an NASW Social Work Pioneer and named the American Public Health Association’s Public Health Social Worker of the Year in 2020. Dr. Weaver has presented regionally, nationally, and internationally including at the UN. Her publications include Explorations in Cultural Competence (2005), Social Issues in Contemporary Native America (2014), Trauma and Resilience in the Lives of Contemporary Native Americans (2019), and the Routledge International Handbook of Indigenous Resilience (2022). 


Dr. Jeremy Carney is a Professor of Social Work at Minnesota State University Moorhead. His research interests center around ethics and professional relationships in social work practice. Jeremy’s professional practice experience has included child protection services, work with runaway and homeless youth, and mental health care. When Jeremy takes off his social work hat, he is active in officiating youth and college athletics, traveling as far and wide as possible, and reading good science fiction & fantasy novels. Jeremy is married to Jennifer Heath, and together they have two adult children, Ian and Katie.   











Jessica Hoeper, MSW|LISW|IMH-E® Infant Family Specialist has been in the field of social work for over 15years.  Jess is the owner of Ray of HOPE, LLC.  Ray of Hope offers Reflective Coaching to Human Service Leaders/Professionals and Child Welfare enhancement trainings, nationally.  Jess’s reflective coaching offers leaders a space to enhance their self+awareness, feel through the uncomfortable, and increase their vigor for building a system that prioritizes relationships!   Jess is an adjunct social work instructor at St. Scholastica.  Jess also enjoys speaking and writing.  Jess participates in local column writing and is a co-author of an award-winning/internationally best-selling book “Success Codes: Secrets to success you weren’t taught in school.”   Jessica and her husband Alan live on a farm in central Minnesota with their five children, Hannah, Henry, Harris, Hayes and Hogan.


Website: www.rayofhopereflectivecoaching.com

Instagram: @reflective_coaching

LinkedIn: Jessica Hoeper

YouTube: Ray of Hope Reflective Coaching

Jihan Ali, MSW, LICSW has been in the field of social work for over 10 years and in various capacities. Her experience includes direct services in the areas of crisis and stabilization work, psychotherapy to children and adults and work in the criminal justice system. Jihan has experience as a supervisor and in program management. She provides clinical supervision to up and coming clinicians and enjoys teaching and training. Jihan provides Early Childhood mental health consultation and reflective supervision to early childhood providers. Jihan has been trained in TF-CBT, Motivational interviewing and has completed a Global Mental Health: Trauma and Recovery certificate through Harvard Medical School, Department of Continuing Education. Over the past 10 years, she has provided outreach to underserved communities around mental health resources. Jihan has provided trainings in the areas of culturally responsive services, suicidality and safety planning. Jihan is originally from Somalia and has called Minnesota home since 1996.






 Michael has been involved in education for over 40 years. He has worked as a teacher, an administrator and as an educational specialist for the New Jersey Department of Education.  Michael was a special education teacher for 14 years working and learning with emotionally and behaviorally troubled adolescents.  Also, he served as an administrator at Atlantic County Special Services School District for 10 years where he was responsible for the programming for troubled students, ages 5 thru 21 years, who were removed from the local school district.  

Michael is also an adjunct instructor at Stockton University in New Jersey where he teaches classes on inclusive education.

His current passion is working with schools interested in becoming trauma responsive. 

Michael is the coauthor of two books: Unwritten - The Story of A Living System & Eyes Are Never Quiet - Listening Beneath the Behaviors of Our Most Troubled Students.




Michele Sneed, DSW, LGSW, Assistant Professor, Program Coordinator-Austin Campus, and Interim Social Work Department Chair started working at The College of St. Scholastica in the Social Work department in Fall 2016.  Michele completed her Doctoral Degree in Social Work through Capella University. She obtained her MSW from the University of New England, her BSW degree from Winona State University. She also completed the Infant and early childhood mental health certificate program through the University of Minnesota and is trained in DC 0-5. She spent years of her career working within the child welfare system and in the recent past, Michele has worked as an individual and family therapist. Further experience has included the development of curriculum for community groups, facilitation, coordination of family meetings, authorship, and case management.

 LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/michele-s-ba4a62126






Nazia’s dedication to help others in navigating their life’s purpose as a life coach and social worker has allowed her to embrace her journey. To support her clients with their goals, Nazia believes it is crucial to connect with our ‘human nature’ to gain a deeper understanding of our needs that impact desired outcomes. 

After serving diverse clients in various sectors of social services, Nazia recognized the importance of integrating cultural competency and utilizing strengths-based approach when addressing each client’s unique needs. Moreover, she advocates for occupational wellness or ‘self-care’ in health, human, and social service industries while collaborating with local community partners to raise awareness on important social topics in her podcast Challenge Me 4 U.

Currently, Nazia is a social worker, MSW, at the Veteran’s Administration Supportive Housing in Gainesville, FL., and a life coach at Wholistrans4mations. 

Podcast: Challenge Me 4 U-Anchor or Spotify.

Website: wholistrans4mations.com  


Nicole Young is the co-founder and COO of Journey Through Counseling, LLC, a holistic based private practice in Bowling Green, KY. She empowers people to own their stories through the emotional restoration of connection within the therapeutic relationship. She specializes in helping people heal from complex trauma, addiction, and grief. Nicole recently presented at the International Brainspotting Conference on the topic of complex trauma and resiliency. Her passion for this work stems from witnessing people rebuild their lives in the face of extraordinary circumstances. When she isn’t working, Nicole enjoys CrossFit, snuggling with her Westie, Dexter, and spending time with her powerful tribe of women. 


Website: www.journeythroughcounseling.com

Instagram: journey_through_counseling

Facebook: @journeythroughcounseling

Email: [email protected]





Dr.Sujeeta Elizabeth Menon, 39, was born in Singapore, where she found her love for social work. After working for 10 years as a Social worker, she moved to Houston, TX to pursue her MSW and PhD In social work from the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. Prior to graduating in May 2021, she developed a girls empowerment program known as VOICES at Change Happens!, a non profit located in the third ward, Houston TX. She is now the program coordinator for the program, as she continues to partake in research that supports the reentry of justice involved young women.Sujeeta continues to spread her love for social work by adjunct teaching at different colleges. She is also a children’s book author for “I’m a Social Worker” book series. 

LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/sujeetaelizabethmenon/






Teya Dahle, MSW, LICSW, IMH-E®IV-C – For more than 25 years, Teya has committed to “holding” the experiences of young children, their caregivers and community helpers through direct practice and reflective consultation/supervision in both rural and urban settings. Teya’s formal education includes earning a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Lewis and Clark College, a Master of Social Work degree from Portland State University, a Certificate in Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health (IECMH) from the University of Minnesota along with certification/rostering in several IECMH evidence-based practices. Currently, Teya manages the State of Minnesota’s Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation System. She is an instructor for the University of Minnesota’s IECMH program, has a private practice with a special focus on Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health, and is a mother of two. To all her work, Teya brings curiosity along with the Developmental Perspective, which is trauma informed and honoring of diversity.  


Thu Park is an MSlLPCCl Certified DBTlEMDR trained. She has been in the mental health field for 7 years  and currently works in private practice. She is passionate and committed to helping people explore their  needs and meet them where they are at in their personal journey. As a practitioner, she focuses on  trauma work and individual healing process. She works with a diverse population (BIPOC, LGBTQIA+) and  continuously advocates for inclusion in her methodology. She is a mother of two curious and  adventurous young boys who keep her extremely busy. She is an avid world traveler who took five  months after graduation to explore different cultures. To recharge from her day-to-day, she loves to be  outdoors fishing, hiking, camping, and chasing sunsets at Lake Superior-Northern Minnesota. She hopes  to pass along her love for world travel and the outdoors to her children. 

 LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/thu-park-84872b97



Warren Graver is a Jamaican expat who resides in Freeport, Maine with his wife, Victoria; along with their four children, Kayla, Alexander, and twin boys, Greyson and Jamison. Professionally, he is a public sector consultant, leading states and local government agencies through process optimization and technology improvement projects. Warren is the Child Welfare Practice Lead for BerryDunn, a consultancy based in Portland, Maine. He has extensive experience in the health and human services space. Warren is also an advocate of inclusion practices, and has led diversity business resource groups.


Warren’s passion for child welfare led to him forming Social Retrospective LLC, an advocacy collaborative focused on guiding adolescents transitioning from the foster care system.


Warren is an alumnus of Howard University, where he attained his Bachelors and MBA in Business and Organizational Management. Warren mentors at-risk youths through the Seeds of Independence organization, and is also a youth soccer coach. 

LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/wgraver


Yacenia Crisostomo is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Work Associate and Mental Health Professional. She currently provides individualized therapeutic intervention and case management services for those living with delusional and/or mood disorders in multiple psychiatric settings. Her professional life includes mental health counseling for children, families, and individuals who have experienced trauma and loss. Driven by her own healing journey, Yacenia is committed to working with survivors of abuse. She does this by offering support and guidance while they work through negative beliefs and develop self-love. Yacenia continues to share her story of trauma, grief, and resiliency with hope that it will be a light for those trying to find a way through their own dark tunnels.


[email protected]






Beth Tyson, Yacenia Crisostomo, Elizabeth Wendel


Jessica Hope, Ashley Abramson, Thu-ha Park


Sujeeta Elizabeth Menon, Deb Frank, Jess Hoeper


Dan Martin & Michael McKnight


Christina Broderick, Gilbert Domally, Cherish Fields


Meet the Publisher 

Bridget Aileen Sicsko is the founder of Exalted Publishing House, a podcast host and a visibility coach. She helps successful entrepreneurs stand out and be featured as leaders in their industry by sharing powerful stories, writing best-selling books and gaining global recognition. Bridget believes in the power of words, stories and voices to shift our view of reality, our potential and our purpose on the planet. In addition, she considers herself a master community builder and has gathered hundreds of female leaders in her online community, mastermind program, networking events, and women’s circles. Bridget also hosts a podcast, The Gathering MVMT, where she has interviewed over sixty entrepreneurs, TEDx speakers, authors, thought-leaders, and visionaries to discuss success consciousness, leadership, kundalini yoga, energetics, and quantum reality. Bridget has been featured in Authority Magazine, Women’s Business Daily, Thrive Global, The Medium, on Ticker News, News 12 New York and several podcasts. She lives in New Jersey with her husband and her border collie beagle, Finn.