Social Work Helper: Blogs You Should Read
Through this series of notes, I will share links of Blog posts and/or websites I’ve found that I see as being too great to keep to myself.
These resources will come from a variety of areas of service and interests, with the common theme being a focus on issues related to diversity, inclusion, equity, and social justice.
Some of them will be websites that I regularly look to for information and inspiration for my own personal growth, advocacy, and professional development, while others will be resources that I may have just discovered and want to get the word out.
Today’s Note highlights the blog Social Work Helper.
Why I like it
Founded in 2011 and Edited by Deona Hooper, MSW, Social Work Helper is another great resource for information on topics related to issues of social justice and human rights. Deona had a desire to connect helping professionals internationally, and has been able to bring together practitioners from a wide variety of areas in the field who share their thoughts and experiences.
None of what it is today happened overnight, and the fact that it exists reminds me of the importance of consistency and perseverance in my own writing and work.
A sample from a post (or posts) from the site that I’ve read, and think you should too.
“As a former South African President and social justice seeker, Nelson Mandela passed away at age 95. As a result of his political activism, Nelson Mandela endured several arrests and eventually served 27 years in prison for treason and governmental sabatoge because of his opposition to apartheid.
During his trial in 1958, Nelson Mandela married social worker, Winnie Madikizela, and the union produced two daughters before they divorced in 1996. At his final trial while facing the death penalty, he eloquently stated to the court, “I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.””
“..the social work profession needs to get over its fear of technology. I believe not doing so is detrimental to the long-term health of the profession. The fact is that social media is fast becoming a part of everyday life and we need to start integrating it into our social work practice. Social media can also be a valuable tool in a difficult job market especially for nonprofits who are often looking for social media community managers and digital producers to help spread awareness for their grassroots campaigns…“
From Aspiring Humanitarian, Relando Thompkins, MSW