Suzanne Cheatham is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and the Human Rights Club Advisor at Carson Academy of Medical Arts High School, in Los Angeles County. Suzanne provides mental health consultation, behavioral intervention, individual/group/family therapy, classroom evidenced-based interventions, and provides consultation with staff, administrators, parents, and other support providers. Suzanne has over 10 years of experience working clinically with diverse populations; youth in detention camps/on probation, in foster care, and severely mentally ill youth and their families. She is also a trained Dialectical Behavioral Therapist (DBT), with extensive experience facilitating DBT groups, which are geared towards those with borderline personality disorder, serious emotion regulation and relationship issues, and/or to address self-harm behaviors.
She earned her Master’s Degree from the University of Southern California in Social Work with a concentration in Community Organizing, Planning, and Administration. Her passion for the arts, social justice, and policy reform, along with the opportunity to direct a documentary in the Social Media and Change course, is what drew her to the program. Suzanne had the privilege of directing her first documentary, “Troubled Water”, on the water crisis at home and abroad. There her passion ignited around the needed human right, to access safe drinking water, as current in access to clean drinking water, is one of the leading causes of death abroad in many regions.
Suzanne is a Santa Monica native, who while in college, enjoyed choreographing and teaching dance to youth for 15 years. Suzanne believes in using the arts as a tool to encourage creativity and strengthen self-esteem and expression. Suzanne developed and ran dance programs at preschools, after school programs, and at the dance studio where she grew up, in Brentwood, California. Suzanne is in the process of creating new projects, utilizing media, education, and social enterprise, to raise funds, impact policy, and create awareness and change around human rights issues.