Social Work Helper


Leading Change – What Are the Alternatives?

Philip Patston 2015/07/09

When it comes to leading change and creating social movements, particularly when it involves people on the margins of society, it’s easy to fall into the trap of assuming success means “widening” the mainstream to accept a new group of previously excluded citizens. Reverence may be paid to new rituals and customs. Changes may be… Continue Reading »


7 Things Every Clinician Should Know About Introverts

Arnie Kozak 2015/07/09

It’s not unusual for introverts to run across prejudice, even in the clinical setting. They are encouraged by spouses, bosses, and some therapists to be more “outgoing,” “on,” “cheerful,” and “energetic.” They are told that if they put more effort into what amounts to an extroverted way of being, that they will be happier, enjoy… Continue Reading »


We Don’t Listen to Children When It Comes to Abuse in Sports

Jameel Hadi 2015/07/08

Sky Sports presenter Charlie Webster has said she revealed details about sexual abuse by her coach when she was young in order to “break the taboo about abuse as a whole.” There are certainly issues within sport where too often, poor practice and abuse is tolerated. Who can forget the unravelling of the systematic abuse… Continue Reading »


Getting Social Workers Involved in Social Justice: Who Will Take the Lead

Dr. Charles Lewis, Jr. 2015/07/08

If you’re not sitting at the table, you’re on the menu. This pithy bit of wisdom was offered as a reminder by University of Illinois Springfield social work professor David Stoesz in a discussion thread on a social work policy listserv about the profession’s paltry participation in policy and politics. Social workers on that listserv… Continue Reading »


Independence Day: An Ongoing Fight for Freedom

Deona Hooper 2015/07/04

Independence Day is a day we celebrate being free from tyranny, oppression, and persecution. It’s a day we celebrate a democratic society with the rights to freedom of speech, religion, life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. I am especially thankful to the men and women serving in our military who have made many sacrifices… Continue Reading »


Therapy 101 Series: Lesson One is Knowing Your ABCs

Anthony Heard 2015/07/03

If you’re a therapist, ideally, you have access to intervention training and a good clinical supervisor. What if you don’t? Many new therapists, social workers, and other psychosocial professionals enter the field without concrete psychotherapy intervention training, and most without sufficient experience to know  how to immediately implement it in every unique presenting situation. One… Continue Reading »


Identity, Racism and the White Problem

Rebecca Joy Novell 2015/07/02

Many of us watched, in utter astonishment, at the unfolding story of Rachel Dolezal and her misrepresentation of her race. For those who may not have heard of Rachel Dolezal, she was, until her recent resignation, the president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in Spokane, Washington. Dolezal was forced to resign after allegations… Continue Reading »


3 Things to Know When Working With LGBT Clients

Paul C. Milford, MSW 2015/07/02

On June 26, 2015 the Supreme Court ruled that all couples, regardless of gender, have a constitutional right to marry the person they love. After the ruling was announced, states across the nation were forced to drop their bans on same-sex marriage allowing loving gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender couples the right to marry. The… Continue Reading »

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