Last Update: July 3, 2013
Social Work Helper is an upcoming progressive magazine providing news, information, and resources related to social issues, social good, and human rights. Founded in 2011 and located in North Carolina, Social Work Helper caters to two types of readers. We help those who consume services navigate the systems helping professionals implement, and we help the providers of services be more knowledgeable about the challenges and barriers consumers of services face as well as how to be more efficient providing services.
I have added several new staff writers and regular contributors to further enhance the diversity of content being offered. Social Work Helper has approximately 30,000 unique viewers per month, with over 19,000 Facebook Followers, over 9,800 Twitter followers, and over 2,500 Google Plus Ones. ~ Deona Hooper, MSW – Founder and Editor-in-Chief
Julia Cardoso posts
Julia Cardoso is the Mental Health Staff Writer with a focus on Generalized Anxiety Disorder. She is currently working on her bachelor's degree in Sociology at Emmanuel College with the goal of studying psychology post grad. Julia has a podcast called Anxious Ramblings and is very passionate about mental health and erasing the stigma attributed to it.
Connie Hayek posts
Connie Hayek is a walking repository of data and information about child welfare. She is passionate about data, especially data regarding children, youth, and families. Experienced in child welfare, early childhood, education, trauma-informed care, and workforce challenges, she is particularly interested in promoting cross-systems collaboration and innovation to improve outcomes for children and families.
Deona Hooper posts
Deona Hooper, MSW is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Social Work Helper. Experienced web designer, social media strategist, and analyst with 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. Available for consulting and guest lecturing.
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 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 @ www.mawmedia.com
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.
Jared Jaureguy posts
Jared Jaureguy is technology consultant and a Social Work Helper Contributor. He writes for many of the top tech blogs, and you can follow Jared's tweets for all things related to the tech industry.
Jessica Spence posts
Jessica Spence, MC, NCC, LPC, LCAS-R is the Mental Health and Wellness Staff Writer for Social Work Helper, and she is also a Licensed Professional Counselor with Tree of Life Counseling in Greensboro, North Carolina, US. She is a National Certified Counselor and is registered with the North Carolina Substance Abuse Professional Practice Board. She also participates in The Secular Therapist Project.
Michael Morgan posts
Michael Morgan is a copywriter and editor who enjoy the challenges of creativity and attention to detail, and he is currently a regular contributor for Social Work Helper. He writes about a wide variety of topics of interest in the field of technology and current trends in the industry and creates only original content. Lately, he concentrates on VoIP providers for RingCentral and would love to hear from you.
Rachel L. West, MSW LMSW posts
Rachel L. West is the Founder of the Political Social Worker, and she is a regular contributor at Social Work Helper. She holds a BA in History from SUNY Stony Brook and an MSW from Adelphi University. Over the years, Rachel has worked as a community organizer and advocate. Rachel resides in New York State, and she is available as a consultant. You can find out more about Rachel at The Political Social Worker at (politicalsocialworker.org).
The Southern Coalition for Social Justice is Social Work Helper Contributor. SCSJ partners with communities of color and economically disadvantaged communities in the south to defend and advance their political, social and economic rights through the combination of legal advocacy, research, organizing and communications.
Vilissa Thompson posts
Vilissa Thompson, LMSW is the Disability and Advocacy Staff Writer for Social Work Helper, and she is also the Founder of Ramp Your Voice! In addition to being a Disability Rights Consultant & Advocate, Vilissa is very macro-minded, and she strives to become a prominent leader and expert in educating the public and political figures about the plight of those with disabilities as well as the importance of self-advocacy. Vilissa received her Masters in Social Work from Winthrop University.