Social work can be one of the most rewarding careers because they help people solve and cope with problems in their everyday lives.i Plus, social workers in the field, with private practices, and in education have a tight-knit community who actively share the latest research and techniques.
More importantly, the top social work podcasts, influencers, blogs, and Twitter accounts have created an open forum where social workers can discuss issues and solve challenges together.
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Top 10 Social Work Podcasts
The inSocialWork® podcast series is presented by the University of Buffalo School of Social Work with the purpose of engaging practitioners and researchers in lifelong learning and to promote research to practice and practice to research.
The Social Work Podcast, hosted by Jonathan B. Singer, PhD, LCSW, an associate professor of social work at Loyola University, provides information on all things social work. Topics range from direct practice, research, policy, education, and everything in between.
Hosted by Paul Gilmartin, The Mental Illness Happy Hour is geared towards anyone interested in or affected by depression, addiction, and other mental challenges. Gilmartin interviews comedians, artists, friends, and the occasional doctor and explores mental illness, trauma, addiction, and negative thinking.
The podcast for social workers on the run, Podsocs is an initiative of the School of Human Services and Social Work at Griffith University in Australia and handles topics of interest for all human services practitioners, students, and academics.
Social Work Conversations, a College of Social Work Podcast at University of Kentucky, is hosted by Blake Jones, PhD, LCSW. He explores the intersection of social work research, practice, and education to showcase some of the amazing people associated with the school.
Pod Save the People is part of Crooked Media and is hosted by DeRay Mckesson, a civil rights activist who was named as one of the World’s Greatest Leaders by Fortune Magazine in 2015 and as one of the 30 Most Important People on the Internet by Time Magazine in 2016.
The Counselor Toolbox with Dr. Dawn-Elise Snipes discusses current research and practical counseling tools to improve your skills and to provide the best possible skills.
Joe Sanok, a private practice business consultant and counselor, was frustrated with his lack of business knowledge after graduate school. Though he continues helping people through counseling, he also guides counselors who want to start and grow a private practice.
Ben Joseph, a social worker, social work researcher, tutor, and believer, shares all things social work and how social work research can make a difference. Each episode Ben interviews a social work researcher and asks them about a project they’ve undertaken.
Hosted by Alice Bradley and Deanna Zandt and launched in 2015, The League of Awkward Unicorns covers mental health and emotional wellness with a combination of expertise, stories, and irreverence.
Top 10 Social Work Influencers
#1: Amy Morin
Dubbed the “self-help guru of the moment” by The Guardian and Forbes, Amy Morin is a psychotherapist turned author with a mission to make the world a stronger place. Every month, her articles on mental strength reach 2 million readers around the world.
#2: Thomas Blackwell, LCSW
A veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces, Thomas Blackwell has worked in the helping profession for over 21 years. He is an advocate for mental health and recovery and has adopted the philosophy that having access to counseling is the same as having access to health care.
#3: Stephen Jones
Senior Commissioning Editor at JKP Publishing on books that make a difference to health, social welfare, adoption, foster care, mental health, and more. He tweets about various social work topics and shares books that can help those in the field.
#4: Nancy J. Smyth
The Dean and Professor at the University at Buffalo School of Social Work, Nancy J. Smyth has worked as a clinical social worker for more than 25 years, primarily doing psychotherapy with people recovering from trauma and addiction.
#5: Priyanka Chaturvedi
As a social worker and political activist in India, Priyanka Chaturvedi tweets about political ideas, books, social work, and family.
#6: Sherry Gaba
Sherry Gaba, LCSW is a psychotherapist and life coach specializing in addictions, co-dependency, trauma, and helping people find more peace and purpose in their lives. She was the go-to expert for Dr. Drew Pinksy’s Celebrity Rehab show on VH1 and later on the spin-off, Sober House.
#7: Sean Erreger, LCSW
With more than a decade of practice experience in a variety of settings including foster care prevention, psychiatric emergency room, adolescent day treatment, and adult inpatient, Sean Erreger is Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW).
#8: Clare Horton
As the Editor at The Guardian Health and Social Care Networks specializing in social affairs, Clare Horton writes, edits, and shares stories relating to social workers and their profession.
#9: Laurel Iverson Hitchcock
Social worker and educator in the Department of Social Work at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Laurel has created a space that shares success stories, new ideas, and that allows BSW students to share their learning journey to becoming a social work professional.
#10: The Zen Social Worker
Timothy Gordon, the Zen Social Worker, is a social worker, author, speaker, peer reviewed Acceptance and Commitment Trainer (ACT), and a licensed yoga teacher, which helps him implement contemplative practices into his clinical work.
Top 10 Social Work Blogs
Developed by the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), Social Workers Speak gives you the chance to influence how the entertainment industry and news media depicts the social work profession and other issues that social workers care about.
The Masked AMHP (Approved Mental Health Professional) illuminates and explains the functions and dilemmas of an AMHP and is intended to help professionals and service users alike.
Social Work Helper is an award-winning, mission-driven, and progressive news website. With an audience of academics, policymakers, social workers, students, practitioners, caregivers, and people looking for information, the blog is dedicated to providing information, resources, and entertainment related to social work, social justice, and social good.
Karen Zgoda has taught social work at a number of universities, including Bridgewater State University, Boston College, and Wheelock College. Currently, she is pursuing her PhD at the University of Massachusetts-Boston and is a chat partner for the #MacroSW Twitter chats.
Committed to applying principles and education to maximize fun and learning, Mike Langlois, LCSW provides an engaging, direct, friendly futurist to help guide you or your organization into a better and more vital place.
The Social Work blog at USC shares articles about current trends and issues in the field of social work. It also includes sections on how to become a licensed social worker and mindfulness for healthy living.
Robert Weiss is a digital-age intimacy and relationships expert specializing in infidelity and addictions and frequently serves as a subject expert on human sexuality for multiple media outlets including CNN, HLN, MSNBC, The New York Times, and NPR.
The Guardian Social Care Network provides analysis and discussion for social care professionals including news, commentary, and analysis. There’s also a blog for those working in or with social care to share and read about personal issues relating to their work.
Founded by Buck Black, LCSW LCAC, a therapist who specializes in helping truckers and their families address issues around anger, stress, relationship problems, and depression, Trucker Therapy helps truckers stay on the road and improve themselves at the same time.
Managed by program director and associate professor of practice Dana Grossman Leeman, the Social Work blog at Simmons University tackles issues in the field, such as how to navigate conversations about racism and privilege, and different ways academic advising can create resilient students.
Top 10 Social Work Twitter Accounts
#1: National Association of Social Workers
This is the official Twitter feed for the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), which is the largest membership organization of professional social workers in the world, with more than 120,000 members.
#2: Council on Social Work Education
Founded in 1952, the Council on Social Work Education strives to strengthen the profession of social work as the national association representing social work education in the United States.
#3: Linda Grobman (The New Social Worker)
The New Social Worker is a magazine published continuously since 1994. Linda Grobman, the founder, tweets about the latest trends in the field of social work, recent articles, and upcoming events and conferences.
#4: Social Work Today
Social Work Today is a bimonthly newsmagazine committed to enhancing the social work profession by exploring its difficult issues, new challenges, and current successes and by celebrating the common bond among social workers.
#5: Social Work / Social Care and Media Network
Official Twitter feed for the Social Work / Social Care and Media Network and debates everything relating to digital social work and social care.
#6: Macro SW
Macro SW is a collaboration of social workers, organizations, social work schools, and individuals promoting social work. Every Thursday night at 9 pm EST they moderate live Twitter chat sessions that cover topics in social work.
#7: Social Work Helper
An award-winning, mission-driven, and progressive website providing news, information, and resources related to social work, social justice, and social good. The Twitter feed shares the latest articles and trends in the field.
#8: Social Justice Solutions
Social Justice Solutions was born out of the Stony Brook School of Social Welfare and is committed to creating a socially just world. This social worker run news and advocacy organization seeking to initiate social change by creating a forum to share news and opinions on world events.
#9: British Association of Social Workers
With over 20,000 members, the British Association of Social Workers (BASW) is the UK’s leading social worker organization. Their Twitter account shares some of the latest topics and challenges facing social workers and addresses some of the recent research.
#10: Community Care
Community Care operates as an online resource for employers and professionals in social care to make robust, evidence-based decisions. On Twitter, they share recent articles from their blog and engage with an active community of social workers.
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