Social Work Helper


Top 5 Reasons Social Work is Failing

Deona Hooper 2014/08/28

Airing live on CSPAN, Dr. Steve Perry gave a searing speech on the “The Role of Social Workers” at the Clark Atlanta University Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. He is the founder and principal of a Connecticut school which only accepts first generation, low income, and minority students. Dr. Perry received his Masters of Social Work degree… Continue Reading »


Consciousness Raising: It’s Time Has Come Again

Alice Fisher 2014/08/26

Like many women my age, I participated in the feminist consciousness raising movement of the sixties. It was a powerful vehicle for exploring our innermost feelings about being women, mothers, daughters, wives, and our role in society. For many of us it was the first time we confronted the issue of misogyny (or even knew… Continue Reading »


Why Starting School Later Is a Social Work Issue

Stacy Simera 2014/08/26

On Aug 25th the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) released a highly publicized position statement recommending middle and high schools start after 8:30am.  Adopting later school start times is an effective way to increase adolescent sleep and thus improve adolescent health and safety – primarily because of a later shift in sleep cycle that occurs during… Continue Reading »


Letter to the Editor: A Social Worker’s Thoughts on the Killing of Michael Brown

Social Work Helper 2014/08/22

This is a Letter to the Editor that I received from a member of the social work community. Although I disagree with the opinion and facts of this reader, I believe this Letter to the Editor provides a perfect example of how conservatives and non-minorities conduct their analysis of the events in #Ferguson. I will… Continue Reading »


Social Work Appears Absent in #Ferguson Global Conversation

Deona Hooper 2014/08/21

As Editor-in-Chief of Social Work Helper, I recently published an article entitled A Grand Response from Social Work is Needed in Ferguson written by Dr. Charles Lewis who is the President of the Congressional Research Institute for Social Work and Policy. Due to my coverage on the shooting of Mike Brown and the police response in… Continue Reading »


Police: Serving and Protecting the White Middle-Class and Mentally Well

Rebecca Joy Novell 2014/08/21

A violent threat, a criminal, a gangster, a drug-dealer, a menace, it seems these are all the things the police see you as in the United States of America if you are a black male. If the current media coverage of the shootings of Mike Brown and more recently Kajieme Powell have taught us anything,… Continue Reading »


ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Raises Awareness

Travis Lloyd 2014/08/20

The month of August 2014 has proved to be one that will undoubtedly put a dent in American history. The ALS Association has broken records for their new #IceBucketChallenge campaign reaching nearly 14 million dollars in donations which is a huge jump from last year’s measly 1.7 million. Media outlets and social media are buzzing about famous… Continue Reading »

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