Social Work

Becoming a Social Worker: Real Students, Real Clients, Real Growth
by Judith R. Smith
Follow several first-year social work students as they experience field placements, clients, and supervision, while learning about themselves along the way.


Effective Safety Planning in Child Protection Casework
by Andrew Turnell
One of the more challenging jobs of a social worker is ensuring a child’s safety following in-home violence. This video takes you step-by-step through the process in an accessible and straight-forward way that includes the child’s input.
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Rewarding Challenges: Social Work with Older Adults
by Caroline Rosenthal Gelman, Carol Tosone
Two illustrative vignettes show a first and second year social work student addressing common situations in cases with older clients and seeking guidance from their experienced supervisor.


Look Back to Move Ahead: Social Work for Survivors of Trauma
by Carol Tosone
Two vignettes portray social work students working with clients affected by trauma and learning from their supervisors how to approach the sensitive material these clients present.
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Working for Social Justice: Ethics & Core Values of Social Work
by Photosynthesis Productions
In a world full of so much injustice, what motivates professional social workers? This video will show you how social work experts connect social justice and their practice for ongoing inspiration.


Skills in Youth Suicide Prevention
by Iris Educational Media
This excellent training tool is a must-see for clinicians and non-clinicians alike who deal with students every day, providing step-by-step strategies and clear instructions to address suicidal behavior in teens.


At The Breaking Point: Family Caregiving and Dementia
by Terra Nova Films
In this video you’ll experience the most heartbreaking and joyful moments in the lives of several families caring for a loved one with dementia. Watch to see how families struggle, compromise, and learn to connect through this difficult life transition.


Behind Closed Doors: Children Who Witness Violence
by Victoria Women's Transition House Society
This eye-opening video offers strong clinical information on how children are affected by witnessing violence, and outlines useful interventions proven to be effective in the healing process.


Social Work With Older Adults: Real Students, Real Clients, Real Growth
by Judith R. Smith
Under the guidance of their insightful supervisors, social work interns practice engagement, assessment, and termination skills with older clients, while also learning about the concrete needs of this population.
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Involving Children in Child Protection Casework
by Andrew Turnell
Giving children a voice in safety planning after family violence can be tricky terrain for social workers. Andrew Turnell uses a wizard, a fairy, and three houses and gets astonishing results.


A Day in the Life of a School Social Worker
by School Social Work Association of America
Want a surefire way to know if school social work is for you? In this video you’ll get to experience a day with several school social workers and see firsthand how they support and give voice to struggling children.


Families and Mental Illness: Speaking from Experience
by Sane Australia
Hear several caretakers talk candidly about their family members' mental illness and how they have found support in their most challenging times.


Foster Parents Speak: Crossing Bridges and Fostering Change
by Photosynthesis Productions
In this compelling video, foster parents discuss the rewards and challenges of their role and offer personal insight into the complex experiences of foster children.


Living Adoption: Gay Parents Speak
by Photosynthesis Productions
In this sometimes heartbreaking, but always life-affirming, video you’ll take a journey with gay and lesbian men and women who became adoptive parents. You’ll hear their struggles of maneuvering systems along with their joy in creating a family.


The War Within: Youth Depression
by Educational Video Center
This video presents an honest look into the experiences of black and Latino young people living with depression. Candid interviews of real patients and expert professionals illustrate the struggle these youths face in families and communities often blind to mental health matters.


Struggle for Identity: Issues in Transracial Adoption
by Photosynthesis Productions
Transracial adoptees discuss their childhood, the identity issues which have carried through into their adulthood, and suggestions to improve the future of transracial adoptions.
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Exploring Mezzo Systems
by Judith R. Smith
Social work professor Judith Smith illustrates a central concept of all social work training— Social Systems Theory. In this video, the "mezzo system" is explored as part of a larger exploration of human behavior and the social environment.

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Exploring Macro Systems
by Judith R. Smith
Social work professor Judith Smith illustrates a central concept of all social work training— Social Systems Theory. In this video, the "macro system" explored as part of a larger exploration of human behavior and the social environment.

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Inside the Juvenile Justice system: Rodrick's Initial Hearing
by Calamari Productions
Witness 17-year-old Rodrick in his initial hearing after a drug relapse has taken off the road to rehabilitation.


Inside the Juvenile Justice System: Rodrick's Disposition Hearing
by Calamari Productions
See the final outcome of Rodrick's legal battle in this disposition hearing that will determine his fate.


Human Behavior and the Social Environment: (2-video set)
Social Work Professor Judith Smith presents these videos on the foundation of all social work training: Human Behavior and the Social Environment. This set explains both Macro and Mezzo systems and illustrates the basis of Social Systems Theory through numerous interviews.
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Creating Change: Building a Legislative Coalition
by Influencing Social Policy
Social workers can’t do it alone! In order to be at their most effective when working to influence state policy,  they must organize and sustain effective legislative coalitions.

Part of the 6-video series: Policy Affects Practice


Social Work: Practicing in a Century of Change
by Influencing Social Policy
We all know that change is inevitable. What is a social worker’s responsibility to respond to, and influence, that change? Social worker, Wendy Sherman, definitively answers that question.

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Policy Affects Practice & Students/Practioners Affect Policy
by Influencing Social Policy
Does the thought of becoming active in the policy-making process fill you with dread? This video will help lessen your fears and give you specific tools to help you be a more effective advocate.

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Social Workers Effecting Change: Legislative Advocacy
by Influencing Social Policy
Social workers can bring a human face to policy by taking what they witness in direct practice and bringing it to the political arena. Get some real world guidance about how to effectively advocate for laws in your state.

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Social Work Advocacy: The State Budget
by Influencing Social Policy
Social workers spend a lot of time practicing within the limitations of the money allotted for their programs. It stands to reason that they should be major voices in deciding how much money their programs receive. Here’s how they can.

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Making a Difference: Influencing State Policy
by Influencing Social Policy
Whether working in child welfare or gerontology, all of a social worker’s actions are rooted in policy. New students learn concrete ways they can begin influencing that policy...right now!

Part of the 6-video series: Policy Affects Practice


Policy Affects Practice (6-video series)
by Influencing Social Policy
This six-video social work series highlights the many ways social workers can and do contribute to systemic change through legislative advocacy.
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The Greying Elephant in the Room: Substance Abuse and Older Adults
by Carol Tosone
Explore the growing problem of substance abuse among older adults through this case study of a 68-year-old client struggling with alcoholism and depression.


Why am I Here? Engaging the Reluctant Client
by Carol Tosone
Two vignettes depict social work students handling their most challenging cases with resistant clients, and later meeting with their supervisor to analyze their experiences.



A Mother Never Gives Up Hope: Older Mothers and Abusive Adult Sons
by Terra Nova Films
Take a rare inside look at a support group for mothers who have been abused by their adult sons. Each tells their individual story of how they came to understand their situation, and reclaim their life.


Person-Centered Dementia Care: Stories and Examples
by Terra Nova Films
This video explores a residential facility that celebrates older people with dementia and aids the viewer in learning to connect with people who have lost the connection to themselves.


Self-Neglect: What We Can Learn From the Mary Northern Case
by Terra Nova Films
A pioneer case in Adult Protective Services and elder care, the life of Mary Northern, an elderly woman refusing life saving surgery, offers mental health professionals a complex exploration of the limits of self-determination.
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He Wouldn’t Turn Me Loose: The Sexual Abuse Case of 96-Year-Old Miss Mary
by Terra Nova Films
This video provides an intimate look into the traumatic story of Mary, an elderly woman abused by her adult grandson. As she bravely speaks about her experience, you’ll learn about the dynamics of elder abuse from advocates and professionals who worked with and supported Mary.


Child Protection Casework (2-video set)
One of the more challenging jobs of a social worker is ensuring a child’s safety following in-home violence, and it's best done by including the whole family in the process. These videos take you step-by-step through the process in an accessible and straight-forward way that includes the child’s input.
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Recognizing and Preventing Physical Child Abuse
by Learning Seed
Working with physically abusive parents can be difficult for the new social worker, challenging their feelings of empathy and often eliciting anger. This video offers insight into why parents use physical discipline and provides strategies for keeping children safe.


Recognizing and Preventing Child Neglect
by Learning Seed
Many social workers have a difficult time recognizing neglect. The effects are just not as visible as abuse. This video clearly moves students through various signs that indicate neglect and empowers them to be more confident in their work of keeping children safe.


Child Abuse and Neglect (2-video set)
Learn the signs of child abuse and neglect, as well as how to assess and treat families where it occurs, in this important 2-video set.


Chelsea: Surrendered to the State
by Calamari Productions
After countless failed efforts, a mother makes the difficult decision to turn over custody of her volatile nine-year-old daughter to the state in an effort to get her the help she needs.

Part of the 3-video series: Children in Crisis


Melissa: Teen Mother in Foster Care
by Calamari Productions
Watch the intense struggles of a fifteen-year-old girl living in a foster home with her medical needs infant as she learns how to care for her daughter and returns to school.

Part of the 3-video series: Children in Crisis
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Joshua: When Anger Turns to Violence
by Calamari Productions
Get an unprecedented look inside the juvenile justice system as you watch a thirteen-year-old boy's real juvenile hearing after assaulting his mother.

Part of the 3-video series: Children in Crisis


Children in Crisis (3-video series)
by Calamari Productions
Witness three different families as they journey through the juvenile justice and foster care system with their social work and mental health care teams.


Juvenile Justice in Action (2-video set)
Take a front row seat to the court proceedings for a 17-year-old who had a drug relapse following a year of working toward rehabilitation. Witness how the mental health profession can be a voice for clients in a punitive justice system.
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Through the Eyes of a Child: Reducing the Trauma of Child Removal
by Tam Communications
This straightforward teaching tool addresses the little-discussed process of removing children from their homes when they are in serious danger. It offers the essential facts and the dos and dont's of handling these very delicate situations.


Ask Me About Asperger's Syndrome
by Michael Thompson Productions
Children with Asperger’s Syndrome can play a strong role in classrooms if professionals are attuned to their particular needs. In this video you’ll learn how to do this by hearing from autism specialists, teachers, parents—and those with Asperger’s themselves.


Facing Terminal Illness: A Guide for Helping Professionals
by Satir Institute of the Southeast
Virginia Satir's model for the process of change is illustrated in this video through the story of a terminally ill patient and the hospice workers who support her through the process of dying.