Social Work Helper

Getting Social Workers Out of the Closet

Dr. Charles Lewis, Jr. 2014/04/24

There has been much talk recently about who can legitimately call themselves social workers. What training is required? Which licenses are needed? And, there have been many discussions about the variations of social work licenses that exist in different states. License or no license, we know that many social workers are “hiding” in non-clinical environments… Continue Reading »


Disabled College Student Attacked on MBTA Train in Boston, Mass.

Vilissa Thompson 2014/04/24

by Vilissa K. Thompson, LMSW Earlier this month, a college student with a disability was brutally attacked while riding the MBTA train in Boston, Massachusetts.  The student, whose name has not been release to the public, was 21 years old, and living with cerebral palsy.  The student was verbally and physically assaulted by a 63 years… Continue Reading »


Prevent Child Abuse America: Interview with Ben Tanzer

Deona Hooper 2014/04/23

Earlier in April, VetoViolence and Students Against Violence Everywhere (SAVE) recognized National Youth Violence Prevention Week through an “Ask the Expert” forum on Facebook. The event ignited a conversation about the importance of preventing youth violence before it starts. This week, to continue raising awareness and sharing resources on preventing violence before it starts, VetoViolence… Continue Reading »


Vote for Vilissa in the 2014 National Mobility Awareness Month Local Hero Contest

Vilissa Thompson 2014/04/18

by Vilissa K. Thompson, LMSW The National Mobility Awareness Month Local Hero contest allows wheelchair users to discuss how acquiring a wheelchair accessible vehicle would improve their quality of life and well-being.  The competition will take place between now and May 9th. Contestants like myself are seeking the support of family, friends, organizations, and allies… Continue Reading »


Social Movement Behind the Label Queer: Understanding LGBTQ populations

Tanya Ellison 2014/04/18

The politics of being queer is a radical social movement that deals with sexual identity and gender performativity. It has become a movement of individuals who feel they do not fall within the ‘normal’ social structure.  Some, who claim the term, would venture to say that the label has become to be understood as promoting non-identity… Continue Reading »


The 5th Woman Stage Production is a Voice for Women

Dr. Michael Wright 2014/04/18

I am always excited to hear about driven individuals who are doing courageous things. However, I am also intrigued by the arts and production. Add to that my hope for social justice, and you know why I had to interview the producers of the upcoming play The 5th Woman. The production is an ensemble stage… Continue Reading »


Advocate or Vacate: LAUSD Students Protest for Science Teacher

Amanda Stemen 2014/04/18

Some things simply aren’t written into our public school curriculum. There aren’t established standards for compassion, integrity, authenticity, and standing up for what you believe in. However, this doesn’t mean opportunities for such teachable moments do not present themselves, but they’re often avoided due to fear or retaliation. Fear of offending someone, fear of negative… Continue Reading »

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