Today we’d like to introduce you to Trecia Davis.
Hi Trecia, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
St. Louis has a bit of a hold on this Chicago girl! The first thing that I tell people when I introduce myself is that I’m from Chicago, but I have lived in St. Louis for over 20 years and I have no intention of leaving anytime soon! I have built my life here, I have discovered who I am here, and even who I strive to be, right here in the Lou! I came to St. Louis for a prospective student weekend at Washington University in St. Louis, and I immediately fell in love. There is something that felt like Chicago, but there was a bit of southern charm mixed in as well that lured me in. The neighborhoods are interesting, the food is top-tier, but the people are a breath of fresh air on a humid STL day!
I was born and raised on the Southside of Chicago by a Black single teen mother, so statistically, the odds were against me, but one thing I can say about being Sabrina’s daughter, is that hustle and leadership are baked into my DNA. Although she did not finish high school, she pushed education as my ticket to a better life, and she was not wrong! My father, James “TK”, was a street entrepreneur, and one of the most successful businessmen I had seen in my early years. I come from a large family (30+ siblings) of trailblazers and trendsetters, who can make the most out of very little. So although life was not always easy growing up, I had no trouble dreaming BIG or believing that I had the heart to achieve great things!
Currently, I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Consultant with over 15 years of experience in social services spanning from education to behavioral health. As a dedicated Servant Leader and Social Worker, I have worked in a variety of capacities in the field, including my current roles as the Founder of Equal Shares Parenting and Super Social Workers. My desire to see children and families thrive is the driving force behind my work in administrative leadership in education and my private mental health practice. I take tremendous pride in sharing my knowledge with other helping professionals through career development, education, and mentorship.
My personal and professional mission is to build capacity within families and the Social Work profession. I work to highlight the resilience of families and Social Workers and empower them to live out their most fulfilled lives. When I am not providing psychotherapy through my practice or consulting with other professionals, I am actively engaging in learning new ways to create balance in the lives of myself and my own family as a loving wife to my husband and mother of three future change agents!
Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
Not much about my life has been easy, but I have found some amazing people to pour into me along the way, from teachers to peer mentors. I am intentional about making spaces better than I found them and celebrating the small (or big) successes of others, so I attribute much of my success to reaping what I sow. I recognize the pain of struggle, so I am intentional about “paying it forward” and removing barriers from others’ lives.
I did not always have guidance in my education or career because I was a first-generation student in a family that valued education but did not have access to continue and achieve the levels they desired within the educational system. Paving the way can sometimes feel disorienting and scary, so a lot of my work is focused on anchoring professionals and families by providing tools to build capacity and confidence within their lives.
Thanks – so what else should our readers know about Super Social Workers, LLC?
St. Louis is an amazing hub for social services and a great place to work as a Social Worker. The city has bred some of the world’s most influential activists and social justice workers, Washington University is in the top three Social Work programs in the country, and it is now the home of Super Social Workers, LLC!
Super Social Workers offers the following services:
– Networking opportunities for professionals in social services
– Licensure Supervision for LCSWs’
– Continuing Education Units (CEU) and professional development
– Consultations with Agencies, Corporations, and Educational institutions on topics such as Mental Health, Capacity Building, and Burnout Prevention
– Social Work monthly spotlights to highlight the amazingly diverse work Social Workers are engaging in across the globe.
– Several mentees/supervisee’s in the field
Super Social Workers consulting and professional education platform is my passion project. The mission is to provide Social Workers the tools they need to feel empowered and have longevity in their careers while they serve individuals and their communities. Many Social Workers are misled to believe that the work will always be hard, thankless, and the opposite of lucrative. I TOTALLY disagree! My training in the field has allowed me to have:
– A thriving private practice with two locations
– A position as a Director of Student Support Services
– An invaluable network of Super Social Workers
– A teaching position at a local university
– Guest Speaker bookings
– Consulting contracts
A path to empowerment and sustainability in your Social Work career starts with Super Social Workers!
Do you have any advice for those looking to network or find a mentor?
Mentors can be of any age and in any career! The goal is to see something in them that you are drawn to, that ignites your desire to improve an area of your life. My creative 14-year-old son who started his clothing business King Jobi’s Clothing inspires me just as much as seasoned entrepreneurs and executives I have met throughout my life.
Remember that all humans have something to offer, so don’t get caught up in the title as much as you do in their abilities to influence or lead in an effective way. Be open to learning from anyone and mentors will not be difficult to find!
- Website: www.supersocialworkers.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/supersocialworkers/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/supersocialworkers
- Other: www.equalshares.org