Susie Stiles is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and an Elder Care Coordinator with our firm. She is a Knoxville native and a graduate of Webb School. After leaving Webb and Knoxville she pursued her art and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Sophie Newcomb College of Tulane University in 1973. In Susie’s words, she soon realized she would need another degree to “get a real job,” so she went back to school and earned a Masters degree in Social Work in 1980 from Tulane University.
Susie has worked in a variety of mental health treatment settings with older adults over the years. Her last position was with Covenant Health and beginning in 2000, Susie developed and directed the outstanding Peninsula Senior Day Hospital program for Covenant. She was directly responsible for management and clinical supervision for all aspects of patient care, regulatory compliance, staff training and development.
Susie is licensed by the State of Tennessee as a clinical social worker (LCSW). In order to maintain her license, she must attend at least 15 hours of continuing education approved by the Board each year. In addition, Susie holds a Clinical Diplomate in Clinical Social Work from the National Association of Social Workers (NASW). The NASW Diplomate in Clinical Social Work is the highest distinction bestowed on clinical social workers. The certification process for a DCSW is extraordinarily rigorous.
Susie is committed to our clients and to our community. She serves on many area boards and committees focusing on issues related to aging, late life care, and supporting patients and families dealing with Alzheimer’s disease.
She is in constant demand as a public speaker on issues such as “Depression In Later Life,” “Healthy Aging,” “Health Mgmt. for Seniors: How To Talk To Your Doctor,” “Coping with Holiday Stress,” “Relaxation and Stress Management,” and “Memory Loss and Dementia.” When Susie has spare time, she enjoys painting, gardening, cooking and spending time with her daughter Emily, who is in vet school at the University of Tennessee. We are very fortunate that Susie chose to join our practice as an Elder Care Coordinator! She brings a wealth of experience, knowledge, a warm heart and a GREAT sense of humor to us and our clients.
As a proud baby boomer I feel a deep and happy kinship with so many of our families. Our journeys share such extraordinary common ground, even now as we endeavor to care for aging parents with values shaped by them and actualized through our own life choices. For me those choices led to service in the field of social work with a focus on mental health. Throughout a rich and highly textured career of over thirty years, first in Louisiana and later Tennessee, clinical social work has enabled me to guide and support the healing, comfort and wellbeing of so many amazing individuals and families in need. For the past eight years, it has been a great privilege to be a part of an elite cohort of social workers fortunate to participate in our evolving niche in the field of elder law. My work as clinician, advocate and educator at Tennessee Elder Law fulfills a profound personal call to serve our greatest generation and my dear boomer contemporaries. Sharing that mission with a bright and gifted team of committed professionals, whom I am privileged to also call friends, is indeed a great blessing.