Social Work Helper


Social Workers Act to Revitalize and Strengthen Resources in South Africa

Dr. Charles Lewis, Jr. 2015/03/26

More than 1200 South African social workers packed the auditorium at the Durban International Convention Centre Tuesday, March 24th for South Africa’s first Social Work Indaba. The event, sponsored by the Department of Social Development (DSD) which is somewhat akin to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), brings together DSD ministers and… Continue Reading »


Foster Care Youth Trapped in the School to Prison Pipeline

Veola Green 2015/03/26

Foster care alumni abandoned by the educational system often become the inmates at youth detention centers and adult prisons across the country. They are the experts on what needs to change in order to create more equitable outcomes and opportunities for vulnerable populations. These orphaned inmates are the ones who could drive the creation of… Continue Reading »


The Persistent Stigma of Substance Use Disorders

Margaret Farenger 2015/03/26

“Stigma is a five dollar word for a two dollar concept. It’s prejudice.” Stigma, a set of negative stereotypes tied to behavioral health conditions, is not a new problem. Results of a recent survey suggest that views may be changing when it comes to mental illness. Advocacy efforts are getting results, and the public is beginning to recognize that… Continue Reading »


Barriers to Treating PTSD in Prisons and Immigration Detention

Shreya Mandal 2015/03/20

During the past ten years, I traveled to over 100 jails and prisons in the entire east coast of the United States, giving me the to opportunity to observe the dire lack of appropriate medical and mental health care in our prison system. The most immediate and urgent need is to screen routinely for Post… Continue Reading »


The Problem with Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Vu Le 2015/03/19

The people of color that I’ve been talking to are getting kind of sick of the equity, diversity, and inclusion terms use by nonprofits. We love them, but the dissonance between their usage and actual practice is like getting poked in the eye on a daily basis. Case in point, at a panel I was… Continue Reading »


Selma 50 Years Later, Then Back to Work

Dr. Charles Lewis, Jr. 2015/03/11

  President Barack Obama, in what may be his most eloquent and thoughtful speech, helped us to understand the profound place in history held by those who crossed the Edmund Pettus Bridge on Bloody Sunday, March 7, 1965 in pursuit of social and economic justice. In Selma, Alabama 50 years later, it was their encounter… Continue Reading »

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