social work


Our Time To Rise as Advocates: Social Workers Seeking Justice

Rogers Campbell. My grandfather’s name still haunts the people who loved him the most. Killed in 1987. Hog tied. Placed in a choke hold. Died. Then the system denied excessive force.


Deeper Self-Reflection Is Needed Around the Role of Social Work in Police Reform

Proposals to reform police activity have grown exponentially in the wake of protests following the death of George Floyd. Many proposals would elevate social work and related community services. In order to be part of the solution to police reform, social workers must recognize and remedy the ways that we are guilty of upholding racial disparities.


We Haven’t Been This Afraid Since Hurricane Katrina

My name is Aliyah Zeien and I live in Hammond, Louisiana. Louisiana has one of the highest growth rates per capita of COVID-19 in the country, although right now New York has the most total cases.

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Motivational Interviewing Becomes Tenth Approved Service Under Family First Act

A process used by social workers and other professionals to inspire the confidence and desire to change in clients has been cleared for federal funding under the Family First Prevention Services Act, which mostly took effect last month.

Avoiding Mis-Assessment in Child Welfare


A Need for Fresh Ideas on Training the Child Welfare Workforce

The path to training America’s child welfare workforce often begins with more generalized training on how to be a social worker. Frequently, this preliminary work is done on college campuses, where bachelor’s or master’s degree programs are offered.

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A New Digital Library to Help Train Social Workers, Attorneys on Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice

A trove of court and casework footage is now available for agencies and universities looking to make child welfare and juvenile justice training more dynamic. Calamari Productions, the small production company quietly behind several award-winning documentaries and TV shows about those two fields, has made its massive archive of system-related footage available for educational licensing through “Calamari in the Classroom.”


    Putting the Child Back in Child Welfare

    It was the dead kids who inspired me to leave my comfortable, well-paid job as a researcher and become a child welfare social worker. Kids like Adrian Jones, Zymere Perkins and Yonatan Aguilar, who were killed by their parents after months or years of abuse.


    Marie Cohen, The Imprint Blogger of the Year

    Prolific child-welfare blogger Marie Cohen led The Imprint’s Blogger Co-op this year in readership – earning her the title as The Imprint’s 2016 Blogger of the Year. Her blog entries were viewed more than 43,000 times on The Imprint from July 2015 to July 2016.


    Questions So Simple We Never Ask Them: Helping Families Meet Basic Needs

    As a social worker, I was trained to look for underlying causes behind behaviors that could ultimately harm my clients. If Thomas was missing school day after day, I would swing into action: Was he depressed?