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: This is Serious Business: Is There No Fun Allowed in Social Work?
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  • Brittney Cobb posts

    Brittney Cobb is a News Correspondent for Social Work Helper and a first year graduate student at North Carolina State University studying for her Masters in Social Work. She is also an intern at The Carying Place a non-profit organization that teaches homeless, working families with children life skills for independent living while providing short-term housing and support. She wants to make a difference and give back to the community.

    Latest Article: Connecticut Raises Minimum Wage and Provokes Conversations on Homelessness and Affordable Housing
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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: 4 Reasons the Internet is the Worst Place to Discuss Social Issues!
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  • Deona Hooper posts

    Deona Hooper, MSW is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Social Work Helper. She is an 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: Winning the Boss Lottery and How You Know That You’ve Won
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  • Jeuron Dove posts

    Jeuron Dove is the Entertainment and Sports Staff Writer for Social Work Helper. He graduated from North Carolina A&T State University with a degree in Journalism. He is an active blogger who enjoys writing about professional wrestling, the writing lifestyle and a variety of other topics in his spare time. You can read his blog at

    Latest Article: WWE and KaBOOM! Partner to Keep Children Active
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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: 8 Reasons Social Work Students Should Volunteer More Often
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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 for six years in a variety of voluntary and paid roles and is currently undertaking a PHD in Criminal Justice. She was recently 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.

    Latest Article: Doing What Is Right Versus Doing What Is Easy: Whistleblowing in Social Work
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  • Stephanie Pinsky posts

    Stephanie Pinsky is the Political Staff Writer for Social Work Helper. She recently completed her MSSW from Columbia University where she focused on Public Policy. She completed her field placement at the Center for the Study of Social Policy, where she worked on the Child Welfare Systems Change team. As a passionate social justice advocate and political fanatic, Stephanie writes on a wide range of social work policy issues including child welfare, immigration, public assistance, mental health, education, and race equity. You can read her blog Social Justice & Beyond at and follower her on Twitter @StephaniePinsky

    Latest Article: Prison Reform and Race Equity
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  • Tanya Ellison posts

    Tanya Ellison is a BSW candidate at Tennessee State University in Nashville, Tn. She is a purpose driven advocate for the exposure and education of the LGBTQ social movement. She is currently working on a project called “Queer Faces of the South,” a photo and essay book. She is also researching the development of an identity model to aid Social Workers in working with the LGBTQ population.

    Latest Article: Theory Behind the Label: Queer Theory
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  • Tenesha Curtis posts

    Tenesha Curtis is a Behavioral Health Trainer at a non-profit prevention agency and a Chemical Dependency Technician for a female recovery house for women on probation and parole since 2008. She also manages The MSSW, a blog on social work and human behavior.

    Latest Article: The Language of Effective Social Work
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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: Wal-Mart Being Sued for Disability Discrimination by the EEOC in Chicago
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