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In our research to find the best of the best social work and related blogs, we noted that a great number of older blogs had been retired — some with clever names. While many have posts worth reading, we’ve decided to list only those blogs which have had some posting activity within the past nine months. Life gets busy sometimes and blogging is not always a top priority, and bloggers do often come back and post again. Our filter is essentially to include recently-active English-language blogs in some way relating to social work. For relevance, we’ve focused primarily on American-authored blogs, though a few non-U.S. but English-language social work blogs which may interest you are in the list, too.

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ACRONYMS:

Here is a list of social work acronyms that the bloggers listed here have mentioned in their blogs — usually their credentials/ designation or associations to which they belong.

  • ACSW – Academy of Certified Social Workers.
  • AMHP – Approved Mental Health Professional.
  • CCSW – Certified Clinical Social Worker.
  • CDP – Certified Dementia Professional. (Also Chemical Dependency Professional.)
  • CISW – Certified Independent Social Worker.
  • CSW – Clinical Social Worker. Sometimes means Certified Social Worker, which is not to be confused with CSW-C (Certified Social Worker – Clinical)
  • DSW – Doctor of Social Work
  • LCSW – Licensed Clinical Social Worker
  • LICSW – Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker
  • LISW – Licensed Independent Social Worker
  • LLMSW – Limited License Master Social Worker
  • LMSW – Licensed Master Social Work
  • LSW – Licensed Social Worker
  • MSW – Master of Social Work
  • MSSW – Master of Science in Social Work
  • NASW – National Association of Social Workers

If an acronym mentioned in the resource list below is not listed above, check NetworkTherapy.com’s list of credential abbreviations.

Associations, Organizations and Consultants

  • Social Workers SpeakSocial Workers Speak — from NASW (National Association of Social Workers) — has a number blogs, including the more active Hollywood Connection, which looks at the way social workers are portrayed in entertainment media.
  • NASW Social Work BlogSocial Work Blog is an NASW (National Association Social Workers) blog, which covers current social issues of interest to the general public.
  • AASWSW BlogThis is the blog of the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare, which covers topics of interest to Academy members and students.
  • Nicole Clark ConsultingNicole Clark consults for organizations on programs and services for “marginalized communities,” and blogs about her work as an LMSW professional, her workshops and speaking engagements and other efforts.
  • The Political Social Worker BlogRachel West is a MSW, LMSW and an advocacy and community outreach consultant who writes about social work issues in politics and community practice, plus her webinars.

General Social Work

  • TheraviveTheravive is a multi-author blog with many authors holding Social Work and related degrees.
  • The New Social WorkerNew Social Worker is a combination news site and blog covering a wide range of topics related to social work.
  • Social Work World BlogSocial Work World Blog deals with a broad range of issues of interest to both social workers and social work students.
  • Its a crazy world!This is life from the perspective of a social worker mom and “dippy wife” and her crazy world running her madhouse, and raising a special needs child.
  • Social Worker MomSocial Worker Mom/ Morning Cuppa Coffee is life from the perspective of a social worker and kindergarten mom who also practices “hot yoga” for health and stress relief.
  • Kmareka.com | Progressive Views from a Nurse and a Social WorkerViews on the news and life from two authors – a social worker and a nurse – with emphasis on environmental issues, health, social justice, and the influence of corporations.
  • Karen Zgoda | ABD, Social Worker, ISFJ, Writer, & Food BloggerThis is another wide-topic range blog, from a social worker and writer who occasional food-blogs, and points out that she’s an ISFJ personality (introverted, sensing, feeling, judging).
  • Social Work Tech | Social Work Tech BlogSocial Work Tech covers digital and other tech tools useful to social workers and people related in professions.
  • Adventures of a (not so) Cheap Social WorkerThis social worker knows that this career isn’t exactly high-paying, and blogs not just about social work issues but also tips on saving money without being cheap.
  • Brandice SaysThese are general musings of an LISW and poet who sometimes diverges from social work topics to talk about tea and weight loss.
  • Child Protection LessonsChild Protection Lessons is the blog of a clinical social worker in Calgary, Canada.
  • Social Work Problems 101Social Work Problems 101 blog takes an interesting approach by highlighting social issues mostly in the form of images or video clips from pop culture.

Social Justice and Human Rights

Social Work and Mental Health

  • The Masked AMHPThis blog covers topics surrounding social work and mental health, by an Approved Mental Health Professional.
  • Markham’s Behavioral HealthThis blog covers a variety of social work-related issues including mental health, substance abuse, general public health, spirituality, education and more, and often takes advantage of YouTube and other video content.
  • Hold my hand: a social worker’s blogPersonal stories and reflections on social work from a triply-designated (MSW, LCSW, CDP) professional with a focus on dementia patients and hospice and welfare work.
  • What a Shrink ThinksThoughts about life and living from the perspective of an LCSW who is also a psychotherapist.
  • Gamer TherapistThis site has been a bit dormant in the latter half of 2014, but hosts a unique blog which looks at the intersection of psychotherapy and gaming/ gamification, by a LICSW.
  • The Zen Social WorkerThoughts from a social worker who focuses on therapeutic counseling in Canada, with some training in the United states.
  • A Healthy LifeA Healthy Life’s author blogs from the New York City-dwelling perspective of a psychotherapist and LCSW.
  • Creative Clinical Social WorkerThis blog is by an MSW and covers topics about child and adolescent mental health therapy, as well as answers questions about social work education and careers.
  • Notes from the CouchA blog by another multi-credentialed social worker (MSW, LCSW, CAS-PC) who is also a psychotherapist and focuses on compassion and caring, and counselling living instead of coping.

Social Work Careers and Practice

Social Work Education

  • MSW@USC Blog | Master of Social Work BlogThis is the blog of the University of Southern California Master of Social Work program.
  • Jae Ran KimThe blog of JaeRan Kim, a Ph.D. student in social work, covers a range of topics, including ethics, education and pratice in social work.
  • Social Work Career DevelopmentThis blog by Dorlee M, an LMSW, covers mental health, social work resources, interviews with professionals on modalities and practices, licensing exam tips and more.
  • The Social Work Graduate School SiteThis site doubles as both a blog and an educational resource for Master of Social Work hopefuls, brought to you by The New Social Worker magazine (elsewhere in this list).
  • NYUSilver Student Affairs BlogThis is New York University’s Silver School of Social work student affairs blog, which covers both school topics (academic support, news, scholarships) as well as global social issues. The school also has blogs for alumni affairs and a social work jobs.
  • Virtual Connections | Exploring Social Work in the Digital AgeThese are the posts of Nancy J. Smyth, a professor and the Dean of the University at Buffalo School of Social Work.
  • Social work and end-of-life careMalcolm Payne focuses on the difficult effort of social work for those people at the end of their lives, and consults and educates others pursuing similar careers in the UK.
  • Jimmysw’s BlogJimmysw’s Blog is by a PhD/ assistant professor in social work (at University of Nebraska) and covers social work issues as well as technology, education and other topics.
  • Michigan Girl’s CafeThis blog covers social work grad school and practice, with resources, job titles, and info on careers in the higher education, non-profit and government sectors.
  • Loyola University Chicago School of Social Work BlogThis is Loyola University Chicago’s School of Social Work blog, which while low on posting frequency, covers both school-specific and general tips for social work careers.
  • Can You Hear Me?This is a community support blog by an MSW who is an adjunct lecturer at University of Southern California’s School of Social Work, and also an External Field Instructor.
  • Mimi Chapman: IntersectionsThis is bog is by Mimi Chapman, an associate professor at UNC Chapel Hill’s School of Social work, and covers the personal and professional aspects of her career in social work.
  • Teaching Social WorkThis is the blog of Laurel Hitchcock, an assistant professor in the University of Alabama – Birmingham Department of Social Work, which focuses on the learning facet of professional social work practice.
  • UNC School of Social Work: Contact MagazineContact is a combination online magazine and blog, presented by University of North Carolina (UNC; Chapel Hill) School of Social Work.
  • U of Buffalo inSocialWork Podcast SeriesThis is SUNY Buffalo’s School of Social Work’s podcast series blog for practitioners and researchers in social work.
  • SocialWork@Simmons BlogThis is the blog of Simmons University School of Social Work, which covers topics of interest to students at the school and also general social work issues.

World Social Work

  • Tibetan Social WorkDespite the title, this is an English language blog about Leann Halsey’s social work efforts in India and Tibet, and for promoting the organization Pennies for Partnerships (PFP).
  • Social Work Around the WorldThis blog provides a view of social work not just in the United States but around the world, and some of the current issues in the news.