2014: 7 Must Follow Social Workers On Twitter
By Rachel L. West
Advocacy & Community Outreach Consultant
This time last year I published an article, 7 Must Follow Social Workers on Twitter. I decided to make this an annual list that I will publish during Social Work Month.
The criteria I used to decide who to add to the list was based on output and content. I wanted to include only accounts that where active (posted several times a day) and those who shared content related to social work. Some of the names below were on last year’s list others are new.
2014: 7 Must Follow Social Workers on Twitter
1. Social Work Helper @swhelpercom
This is the Twitter account for Social Work Helper, an online progressive magazine focusing on news, information, and resources related to social issues, social good, and human rights.
The Twitter feed isn’t just links to SWH articles, it also include news from other sources. @swhelpercom will be returning to hosting weekly Twitter chats this month. The chats will take place on Sundays at 3:00 PM (eastern) and will use the hashtag #swhelper.
This month SWH was nominated for a Media award by the National Association of Social Workers in the category of Best Website.
2.Social Workers for Reproductive Justice @SocialWorkersRJ
This is the Twitter feed for Social Workers for Reproductive Justice; an organization that aims to uphold social work ethics by advocating for reproductive justice.
The tweets focus on policy issues and current events related to reproductive rights. Additionally, they share resources for those in need of rape crisis services, abortion, and information about accessing contraception.
3. Congresswoman Barbara Lee @RepBarbaraLee
Representative Barbara Lee is currently one of five social workers serving in the United States Congress. She is also one of the more active members on Twitter. It is common to see her twitter about legislation and about the public events she attends.
4. DorleeM @DorleeM
DorleeM tweets frequently about career and education issues. Her blog, Social Work Career Development, focuses on information for social works about their career, tools for passing the licensing exam, and various therapeutic modalities. Her Twitter feed is an excellent resource for those new to the profession.
5. Nancy J. Smyth @njsmyth
Nancy Smyth is the Dean of the School of Social Work at the University at Buffalo. Through her Twitter account she shares information about the use of social media in social work as well as articles pertaining to therapy.
6. Laurel I. Hitchcock @laurelhitchcock
Laurel Hitchcock is a social work educator who tweets and blogs about using social media in the classroom.
7. Heather McCabe @profssormccabe
Heather McCabe is social work professor who tweets about public health and policy. In addition to being a social worker she is also a lawyer.