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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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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 Speak — Social 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 Blog — Social Work Blog is an NASW (National Association Social Workers) blog, which covers current social issues of interest to the general public.
- Nicole Clark Consulting — Nicole 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 Blog — Rachel 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
- Theravive — Theravive is a multi-author blog with many authors holding Social Work and related degrees.
- The New Social Worker — New Social Worker is a combination news site and blog covering a wide range of topics related to social work.
- Social Work World Blog — Social 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 Mom — Social 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 Worker — Views 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 Blogger — This 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 Blog — Social Work Tech covers digital and other tech tools useful to social workers and people related in professions.
- Adventures of a (not so) Cheap Social Worker — This 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 Says — These are general musings of an LISW and poet who sometimes diverges from social work topics to talk about tea and weight loss.
- Child Protection Lessons — Child Protection Lessons is the blog of a clinical social worker in Calgary, Canada.
- Social Work Problems 101 — Social 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 Help — Social Work Helper is a combined news magazine and blog covering “social issues, social good, and human rights,” founded by a recent social work graduate from UNC Chapel Hill School of Social Work, and written by multiple authors.
- Secret Social Worker | A few thoughts on social work and social justice — This blog offers thoughts on child protection and musings on the facets of social work and social justice.
- Notes From an Aspiring Humanitarian — Relando, a MSW and LLMSW, writes about a wide range of topics, including social justice, diversity and humanitarianism.
Social Work and Mental Health
- The Masked AMHP — This blog covers topics surrounding social work and mental health, by an Approved Mental Health Professional.
- Markham’s Behavioral Health — This 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 blog — Personal 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 Thinks — Thoughts about life and living from the perspective of an LCSW who is also a psychotherapist.
- Gamer Therapist — This 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 Worker — Thoughts from a social worker who focuses on therapeutic counseling in Canada, with some training in the United states.
- A Healthy Life — A Healthy Life’s author blogs from the New York City-dwelling perspective of a psychotherapist and LCSW.
- Creative Clinical Social Worker — This 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 Couch — A 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
- How Not to do Social Work — How Not to do Social Work is a blog that looks at some of the more difficult aspects of being a social worker.
- The Social Work Podcast — The Social Work Podcast is a blog with audio series that focuses on clinical and community practice.
- Martin Webber’s Blog | Musings of a social work academic — This may claim to be a blog but it’s multi-faceted, with topics on that cover social work research, teaching, podcasts, resources for AMHPs and social work professionals, and more.
Social Work Education
- MSW@USC Blog | Master of Social Work Blog — This is the blog of the University of Southern California Master of Social Work program.
- Jae Ran Kim — The 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 Development — This 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 Site — This 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 Blog — This 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 Age — These 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 care — Malcolm 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 Blog — Jimmysw’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 Cafe — This 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 Blog — This 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: Intersections — This 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 Work — This 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 Magazine — Contact 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 Series — This is SUNY Buffalo’s School of Social Work’s podcast series blog for practitioners and researchers in social work.
- SocialWork@Simmons Blog — This 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 Work — Despite 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 World — This 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.