Social Work Helper

About Social Work Helper

Social Work Helper is a progressive digital publication providing news, information, and resources related to social issues, social good, and human rights. Founded in 2011 after graduating from the School of Social Work at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, I created Social Work Helper as place for like minds to connect. My desire for this platform is to assist providers of services in staying current with today’s trends while providing information and resources to help them be more efficient in practice.

Most importantly, I hope Social Work Helper is also a resource for those seeking information to access services or who may be looking for resources to help a loved one. If we have not covered a topic or resource that you are looking for, send us an email at

Deona Hooper, MSW – Founder and Editor-in-Chief

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  • Alice Fisher posts

    As a political social worker, Alice is deeply interested in best practices in community building and an advocate for improving services and quality of life for older adults. She developed and runs Senator Liz Krueger’s Roundtable for Boomers & Seniors.She is particularly interested in the challenges of longevity in today’s ageing society, and Alice holds an M.S.W. from Hunter College School of Social Work.

    Latest Article: Ageism: The Dance of Marginality and Irrelevance
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  • Anneke Krakers posts

    Anneke Krakers teaches Social Workers about marketing and branding their services in a simple system. In her homeland, The Netherlands, she is well know as a business coach, blogger and speaker for Social Workers. A couple of years ago, Anneke started dreaming and wondering how to portray Social Workers as the hero’s they really are? What If social workers earned the appreciation and money they deserve? A new purpose was born, and Anneke started helping Social Workers to become more entrepreneurial.

    Latest Article: How a Social Worker Can Become an Entrepreneur and Still be Social
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  • Dr. Charles Lewis, Jr. posts

    Dr. Charles E. Lewis, Jr. is President the Congressional Research Institute for Social Work and Policy. He has served as deputy chief of staff and communications director for former Congressman Edolphus “Ed” Towns and was the staff coordinator for the Congressional Social Work Caucus.

    Latest Article: Getting Social Workers Involved in Social Justice: Who Will Take the Lead
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  • Deona Hooper posts

    Deona Hooper, MSW is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Social Work Helper, and she has experience in nonprofit communications, technology, and social media consulting. Deona has a Masters in Social Work with a concentration in Management and Community Practice as well as a Certificate in Nonprofit Management both from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

    Latest Article: Independence Day: An Ongoing Fight for Freedom
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  • Dr. Michael Wright posts

    Dr. Michael Wright: Michael A. Wright, PhD, LAPSW is a Social Work Helper Contributor. He offers expertise as an mentor, entrepreneur, educator, and philosopher. Wright has maintained a social work and media macro practice consultancy for more than 15 years. He has logged dozens of professional relationships with public and private entities seeking to increase capacity, conduct social research, train staff, and grow strategically. Wright participates on a number of national committees with groups like the Council on Social Work Education. Succeed @

    Latest Article: Anomaly: Why Lecrae Inspires Me and Should Inspire You
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  • Gary Direnfeld posts

    Gary Direnfeld, MSW, RSW is a Canadian Social Worker in private practice and a Social Work Helper Contributor. From his 65 episodes of the hit show Newlywed/Nearly Dead, to over 300 columns as the parenting expert of a major metropolitan newspaper, to more than 250 media appearances, to his book, Marriage Rescue: Overcoming ten deadly sins in failing relationships.Courts in Ontario, Canada, consider him an expert in social work, marital and family therapy, child development, parent-child relations and custody and access matters He speaks at conferences and workshops throughout North America.

    Latest Article: A New Approach to Counseling for Meeting Your Client’s Needs
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  • Gradle Gardner-Martin posts

    Gradle Gardner Martin is a UK registered Social Worker, and the owner of Continuing Professional Development Social Work Training an online membership site in the United Kingdom for Locum Social Workers and Independent Social Workers. She has been a qualified social work practitioner 27 years and has supervised and managed large areas of front line social work practice. Her training company Elevate Training and Development works with local authorities to improve the standard of inter agency and social work application across many disciplines. Gradle also Mentors middle managers and is a Life Coach for social care professionals enhancing their careers and practice.

    Latest Article: Significant Harm and Children in Need
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  • Peter Choate posts

    Dr. Peter Choate is a Registered Social Worker and Member of the Clinical Registry and Approved Clinical Supervisor for the Alberta College of Registered Social Workers. He is an Assistant Professor at Mount Royal University in the Faculty of Social Work and Disability Studies and a Professional Development Instructor at the University of Calgary. His particular emphasis is on parenting capacity as well child and adolescent mental health including maltreatment, neglect and abuse (physical, sexual, emotional) and these issues within family systems.

    Latest Article: Rape Culture, Child Protection, and 50 Shades of Grey – Related Really?
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  • Philip Patston posts

    Philip Patston began his career 25 years ago as a counsellor and social worker, and he is the founder of  DiversityNZ. Philip lives in New Zealand and is recognised locally and overseas as a social and creative entrepreneur with fifteen years’ experience as a professional, award-winning comedian. His passion is working with people when they want to explore and extend how they think about leadership, diversity, complexity and change.

    Latest Article: Leading Change – What Are the Alternatives?
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  • Rebecca Joy Novell posts

    Rebecca Joy Novell is a Qualified Social Worker working with gangs in central London. She graduated from The University of Sheffield in 2012 with a Masters in Social Work. Rebecca has been involved with Youth Justice since 2008 in a variety of voluntary and paid roles and is currently undertaking a Professional Doctorate in Criminal Justice. She was elected to the Professional Assembly for The College of Social Work, is part of the Criminal Justice Reference Group for the British Association of Social Workers and regularly blogs for The Guardian’s Social Care Network. She is also the author of Starting Social Work: Reflections of a Newly Qualified Social Worker. Her blog can be found at

    Latest Article: Identity, Racism and the White Problem
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  • Steven Walker posts

    Steven Walker earned his MSc in Social Policy and Social Work from the London School of Economics leading him into a career in social work and eventually finishing his career as a Principal Lecturer with a dozen academic textbooks published and over 50 peer-reviewed scholarly papers. Steven is also a Co-Author: Safeguarding Children, Young People and Families: A Guide to Integrated Practice. Russell House Publishers.

    Latest Article: Has Children’s Mental Health Become Political Fodder in the United Kingdom
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