Social Work Helper

About Social Work Helper

Social Work Helper is a progressive magazine 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.

Also, we want to offer information and resources to help those in helping professions become more knowledgeable about the challenges and barriers consumers of services face in our changing society. Most importantly, we hope to be a resource to those who may be seeking knowledge to access services or who may be looking for information to help a loved one.

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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: Are Social Workers Disempowering and Contributing to Widening the Power Differential
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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: What Social Workers Can Learn From Mahatma Gandhi
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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: Social Workers Act to Revitalize and Strengthen Resources in South Africa
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  • Dan Scratch posts

    Dan Scratch is a social studies teacher at Inner-City High School in Edmonton, Alberta. He is a social justice advocate and believes that education can be used as a tool to empower youth to become critically engaged citizens who use their power to transform their lives and participate in the world around them.

    Latest Article: Reflection Papers Actually Serve A Real World Purpose
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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: Howard University Debates: the Evolution of Ferguson A Movement or Moment
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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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  • 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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  • Jack S. Monell posts

    Jack S. Monell, PhD, MSW is a Forensic Social Worker and Assistant Professor of Justice Studies at Winston-Salem State University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He is the author of "Delinquency, Pop Culture and Generation Why" “Delinquency, Pop Culture and Generation Why”.

    Latest Article: The Rise of Child Killers
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  • Jane Evans posts

    Jane Evans is As a Parenting Specialist, Trainer, International Speaker, Writer and Blogger. Jane regularly appears on BBC Radio Bristol and Wiltshire to comment on and discuss matters relating to children and parenting, Jane is a regular expert contributor for Mini-Kin UK an early years parenting website, UK Fostering  and Adoption UK magazine and writes on matters relating to children and parenting impacted by trauma.

    Latest Article: Using Car Rides to Get Teenagers to Open Up
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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: Duffy Books in Homes Working Towards Literacy for Kids
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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: The Westminster Child Abuse Inquiry: Blood on Their Hands
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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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