7 Online Resources for Social Workers
So until I started this blog a few months ago, I was pretty oblivious about other social work on-line resources. One of my underlying motives for starting this blog was to re-up my passion for social work through more regular research and reading about social work and the topics we touch on a daily basis. Through that research I’ve stumbled upon many wonderful resources that have been so eye-opening for me and have helped me gain valuable insight and knowledge. Today, I wanted to take a few minutes to share these resources with the rest of you! Clearly, some of you might already know these exist, but guessing there are others like me who didn’t.
The New Social Worker http://www.socialworker.com/
Who they are and what you will find on their website: This resource has been around for quite some time (since 1994) and focuses on providing practice advice for those studying and working in the field of social work.
Why I love this resource: Great information on their site, and I love their current focus on self-care. They also address some work place issues, which I have found extremely helpful. A recent one is this one: http://www.socialworker.com/feature-articles/real-world-clinical-sw/scapegoats-and-the-social-work-workplace/. I appreciate the authenticity of this site, and how it digs in to real life social work.
Social Work Today http://www.socialworktoday.com/
Who they are and what you will find on their website: Social Work Today is an on-line magazine. You can pay for an actual subscription or you can browse their website for specific articles from their archives.
Why I love this resource: It’s got lots and lots and lots of great information. When I first visited it, I did feel a little overwhelmed, but then realized you can narrow it down by picking specific topics to search in. So, if you work with children and families, like I do, just click on that tab and you’ll get a list of all of the articles that related to that topic. Really great place to search when you have a specific topic in mind that you want to understand more about.
Social Work Helper https://www.socialworkhelper.com/
Who they are and what you will find on their website: Deona Hooper is the founder of Social Work Helper—an on-line resource that describes itself as “a mission driven progressive news website dedicated to providing information, resources and entertainment related to social work, social justice and social good.” You’ll find lots of rich information on this website, and can navigate by topic which I find extremely helpful.
Why I love this resource: It tackles current issues, provides inspiration, and provides helpful practice tools. A recent favorite post of mine from Social Work Helper is https://www.socialworkhelper.com/2015/06/18/mindfulness-practice-self-care-introverted-social-workers/. I also love how modern Social Work Helper is and its use of social media and technology to advance the field of social work—they recently developed and released the social work helper app!
Self-Care Magazine http://myselfcaremagazine.com/
Who they are and what you will find on their website: This is a new on-line resources that got started up this year—the focus is on providing self-care ideas and tips for those in the helping profession.
Why I love this resource: This website is right up my alley as I love its focus on self-care! You can download a free self-care guide which is a great resource all on its own! You’ll also find lots of articles that will get your creative juices flowing regarding your own self-care. It’s also very visually calming to look at. Full disclosure, I have contributed to this on-line resource so I may have a little bit of bias but I think you’ll love it too!
Who they are and what you will find on their website: To quote their site, “#MacroSW is a collaboration of social workers, organizations, social work schools, and individuals working to promote macro social work practice.” You’ll find information regarding current events and ways to get involved in marcro social work.
Why I love this resource: I first learned about MacroSW on twitter, as they often host a live chat regarding Macro social work issues. The #macrosw chat was my first time doing a twitter chat, and I found the group so positive, supportive, and interactive that I plan to try and be present for these chats as often as possible. If you don’t do twitter or are unable to attend the live chat, you will find highlights of the chat on the website. They also regularly put together recommendations for NASW and are a great place to find information and resources regarding what’s happening in the social work world on a Marco-level.
Congressional Research Institute for Social Work & Policy http://crispinc.org/
Who they are and what you will find on their website: The stated vision is “CRISP envisions an increased awareness among federal policymakers and the public of the benefits of social work in our communities, schools and work places to help our nation’s most vulnerable populations achieve self-sufficiency.” Not sure about you, but that vision made me stand up and clap! On the website you’ll find information about current policy issues and proposed legislation that relates to social work.
Why I love this resource: I’ve struggled for some time in finding a resource like this—one that directly links larger scale policy with social work so was thrilled when I came across this organization and its website. I particularly like that it provides information regarding specific legislation, as that is often difficult to find on your own.
Social Justice Solutions http://www.socialjusticesolutions.org/
Who they are and what you will find on their website: Social Justice Solutions is an on-line resource that tackles social justice issues. I started following them on Facebook originally, and then subscribed to their free newsletter.
Why I love this resource: I really enjoy their newsletter—it’s provided me information on topics that I would not have generally known about, as it includes international information. I also like that it has lots voices so you really get a variety of perspectives and ideas. And because they do include so many different people’s writing, there is always something new to read on the website. Here’s a recent article that I gain insight and knowledge from: http://www.socialjusticesolutions.org/2016/07/29/single-best-medical-appointment-life-nurse-practitioner-asked-adverse-childhood-experiences-aces/
There you have it—7 on-line resources I didn’t know existed that are awesome resources for us social workers! I’ve so enjoyed getting to know these on-line forums and have found them to be not just a source of information, but also inspiration. I love learning from my fellow social workers! Are there any on-line resources you’ve used that aren’t included in this list? Share any with us in the comments!