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.

Deona Hooper, Founder and Editor-in-Chief


  • 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: Stages of Development: Aging Across the Life Span
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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: Should Republicans Gain Control of the US Senate
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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: What is Our Role in the Wake of Ferguson
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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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  • 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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  • 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: Is Saying Victim Failed to Protect Children Another Form of Victim Blaming
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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, creativity and social change.

    Latest Article: Morphic Resonance (Part 3): How We Alter It and Create Change
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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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