13 Compelling Social Work Blogs
For Social Workers, recognition can often be hard to come by. The successes are often private, while failures can often be public. Sometimes, those who are unfamiliar with the profession can be left with a one-dimensional, stereotypical view of who Social Workers are or what they do. Now more than ever, it has become increasingly important to tell our own stories, and there are many Social Workers who have taken to the web to use technology to fulfill this end.
In no particular order, here are 13 Social Work Blogs that deliver valuable content, while telling stories and sharing sides of themselves that add a human connection to a technical space, a feat that is not easy to accomplish.
JaeRan Kim MSW, LGSW writes about Social Work practice, theory, education, research, and a variety of other topics concerning social justice issues. I always enjoy reading her posts! Read one of my favorite posts from her blog entitled: PhD Elitism which resonated with me personally in many ways.
Written by Melinda Lewis, LMSW, post after post provides valuable insight on community organizing, policy work, and other forms of advocacy, with honest reflections as well. Read some of her lecture notes on Organizing Across Difference.
Written by Martha Crawford, LCSW, this psychotherapist’s journal digs deep, offering readers a realistic perspective of days in the life of a practitioner. Her writing encourages me to continue to be intentional about increasing my self-awareness and my awareness of others. Read one of her recent posts: The Myth of the Good Client.
Written by Ignacio Pacheco, I love the look and feel of this blog. It’s a great example of how learning how to make technology work for us can make us better practitioners. The information is presented in an attractive and engaging way as well. Read about how you can create your own Digital Social Work Toolkit
MAWMEDIA and Coach Live!
Written by Dr. Michael A Wright, these sites provide useful information for Social Workers and others who may want to branch out in an entrepreneurial way. Coach Live also provides tips to help people excel in different areas of their lives. Read one of MAWMEDIA’s latest posts: Products: Where to Begin and check out The Day Job and “Tha Hustle” on Coach Live!
This blog, managed by Rachel L. West, MSW, LMSW provides news on public policy, politics, social justice and advocacy through the lens of social work. Read one of her latest posts: Congress Allows The Violence Against Women Act to Expire.
Here, Dorlee M, MBA, LMSW chronicles her journey of becoming a clinical Social Worker. In addition to hosting interviews with helping professionals from a variety of areas, she also brings professionals together through curating content for her Best in Mental Health series. Read one of her latest posts: Best in Mental Health (Wks of 12/1-12/31/2012).
Connecting helping professionals internationally, this blog, founded by Deona Hooper, MSW is also a social networking community. Read one of the latest posts: How Do You Plan to Promote and Participate in Social Work Month 2013-Live Twitter Chat 1/7/13 at 8pm EST.
Karen Zgoda MSW, LCSW, and Doctoral Candidate shares thoughts on her studies, social work practice, technology in Social work, and a variety of other social justice issues. Read one of her latest posts: What’s in It For Me? Lessons Learned from Micro and Macro Systems in Action.
Humor and honest reflections. Because Social Work can be funny. Read You think you’ve for problems? My pool boy just quit from the socialjerk blog.
Here, Social Worker, Consultant, and Sexual Health Activist Nicole Clark, MSW shares about her work to improve the lives of women and girls of color, while passing along valuable resources. Read her latest post: Program Monitoring & Evaluation: Leveraging Your Strengths and Smoothing Out the Hiccups.
Social Workers themselves are as different and complex as the issues the profession seeks to address.
Am I missing anything?
I know there are plenty of other wonderful Social Workers out there telling their stories, and sharing information, and I’ll need your help to make the picture more complete.
If there are any other Social Work Blogs you’d like to add to this list, (even if it’s your own website) share them in the comment section below or send me an email, and I’ll publish those submissions in a future post.
From Aspiring Humanitarian, Relando Thompkins, MSW