Social Work Helper

About Social Work Helper

Last Update: January 7, 2014

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 after I graduated from the School of Social Work at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Social Work Helper was created. We strive to assist providers of services with becoming more knowledgeable about the challenges and barriers consumers of services face as well as how to be more efficient in practice at the macro, mezzo, and micro levels using today’s technological tools. If we don’t have an article or resource that you are looking for, send us an email at, and we will do the research for you.

Thank you for visiting,

Deona Hooper, Founder and Editor-in-Chief

  • Amanda Stemen posts

    Amanda Stemen is the Education Staff Writer for Social Work Helper who will also make her fair share of contributions on mental health. She received her MSW from UCLA and also has her MS in Recreation Administration. She is passionate about the promotion of mental health through the creation of a life worth living which is also evident in her personal blog www.haikuthehelloutoflife. She can be contacted at

    Latest Article: How to Have Fun as a Social Worker
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  • Julia Cardoso posts

    Julia Cardoso is the Mental Health Staff Writer with a focus on Generalized Anxiety Disorder. She is a graduate of Emmanuel College with a BA in Sociology and is planning to attend grad school for her Masters in Social Work. Julia has a podcast called Anxious Ramblings on Itunes and is very passionate about mental health and erasing the stigma attributed to it.

    Latest Article: Lies in Silence Part 3 of 3: Interview with SJ Hart on Recovery
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  • Daniel Ortiz Reti posts

    Daniel Ortiz Reti is the Technology Staff Writer for Social Work Helper, and he is a MSW student graduating in May 2014. Using innovative ways of integrating technology and social work, Daniel wants to show you more efficient ways of delivering services to your clients. With experience working in the private sector, rural social work, hospital social work and outreach programs. If you want to know more about how you can implement the tracking and analysis of data, new software or technology literacy programs into your organization email him at:

    Latest Article: How HitchBot is Restoring My Faith in Humanity
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  • Deona Hooper posts

    Deona Hooper, MSW is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Social Work Helper. She is experienced in communications, technology and social media consulting 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.

    Latest Article: Top 4 Ways to Improve #SocialWork
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  • Drew Gibson posts

    Drew Gibson is the News Correspondent Staff Writer for Social Work Helper. He is also a writer and the social media director for "Virally Suppressed", a blog covering a multitude of issues related to social justice and inequities in American life, with a particular focus on Appalachia, the Midwest and the Deep South. Drew returned to his hometown of Cincinnati last year after getting his Masters in Social Work from The University of Maryland-Baltimore and working for the Office of Nation Drug Control Policy, where the federal government paid him with 2 M&M's boxes from the White House Easter Egg Roll. Drew is not at all bitter about this. You can check out more of Drew's work on Virally Suppressed at"

    Latest Article: Freedom Winter: The Failure of Truth to Keep Black Men Breathing
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  • Jonathan Richardson posts

    Jonathan Richardson is the Social Work Helper Staff Writer focusing on Students Issues and Concerns. He currently is a graduate student at University at Albany getting his MSW and MPA degrees. Jonathan has a background in a variety of nonprofit administrative and direct practice experience with a specialization in fundraising and development, and he hopes to empower the next generation of leaders and provide them with the motivation to positively impact their local communities. You can also visit his personal blog

    Latest Article: The Social Work Internship Debate
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  • Kharoll-Ann Souffrant posts

    Kharoll-Ann Souffrant is the Entertainment Staff Writer for Social Work Helper. She is also a counsellor and a student in the Bachelor of Social Work at McGill University located in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. She has accumulated various volunteer and professional experiences since an early age with men and women who are homeless, individuals struggling with eating disorders and other mental health issues, female victims of sexual abuse and children who have experienced domestic violence and/or are under the child protection welfare system. She has been published in the Quebec version of The Huffington Post and in the New Social Worker Magazine. She aspires to diversify her experiences over the years.

    Latest Article: Why Amanda Bynes Mental Illness is No Different from Robin Williams
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  • Megan Ferguson posts

    Megan Ferguson is the Ageing and Gerontology Staff Writer. She is a BSW student at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, MB. Megan is currently pursuing a specialization in aging and is interested in working in the field of geriatrics, addiction or mental health.

    Latest Article: Another Harm Reduction Perspective: An Interview with Walter Cavalieri from the Canadian Harm Reduction Network
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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: Politician’s Comments on Disabled People Further Proves Welfare Reform Is Driven by Ideology
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  • Ruth White posts

    Ruth C. White, PhD, MPH, MSW is the Social Policy Staff Writer for Social Work Helper. She is also a mental health and social/health policy activist who is Clinical Associate Professor in the School of Social Work at the University of Southern California (USC). Prior to her PhD she spent 3 years teaching in the School of Social Work at San Francisco State University. After graduating from the University of California, Berkeley, she gained tenure at Seattle University and now teaches in the Virtual Academic Center program at USC. She is the author of Bipolar 101 and Preventing Bipolar Relapse and edited Global Case Studies in Maternal and Child Health. She has worked as a social worker in Canada, the USA and the UK.

    Latest Article: Paid Maternity Leave: A Policy Imperative
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  • Sean Erreger posts

    Sean Erreger is currently a Clinical Case Manager for youth with a mental health diagnosis.I have a decade of direct social work practice experience including adolescent day treatment, psychiatric emergency room, adult inpatient, and foster care prevention. Blogging and sharing social work resources at Stuck On Social Work

    Latest Article: Is Politics Failing Social Work or is Social Work Failing at Politics?
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  • 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 and Advocate, Vilissa seeks to propel the faces and voices of people of color with disabilities both within the disability community and in the general public. Vilissa can be contacted via email at, or by visiting the Ramp Your Voice! website at

    Latest Article: Spotlighting the Launch of the DOJ’s Elder Justice Website
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