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Online Resources for Social Workers and Mental Health Professionals

Updated: Apr 6


Managing Grief

  1. Our House (www.ourhouse-grief.org) Our House offers resources like trainings, books, and free information regarding grief and how to handle grief (ie what to say to someone who is grieving). They also have a summer program in LA for minors going through the grieving process.

  2. Good Grief (www.good-grief.org) Good grief offers resources like trainings, books, a Ted Talk, and free information regarding grief. It seems that Good Grief can also come to a school to educate on the grieving process (and facilitate a grief group).

  3. Center For Prolonged Grief (www.prolongedgrief.columbia.edu) This offers resources for both clinicians and people in grief.

Trauma and Abuse

  1. National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN www.nctsn.org) The NCTSN provides information on Trauma-informed treatments and assessments. It also has information regarding trainings and resources to get information (like Trauma and LGBTQ+ youth). Some resources are in Spanish.

  2. Polaris Project (polarisproject.org) This website has information regarding human trafficking (ie statistics, how it happens, signs to recognize).

  3. Trauma Informed LA (TraumaInformedLA.org) This site has some information about trauma-informed care. They also have suggested articles and books to read.

  4. Lumos Transforms (LumosTransforms.com) This site offers classes to build a resilience tool kit for individuals, nonprofits, and businesses. However, this resource is NOT FREE. I have not used it yet, but it was recommended by a professor.

  5. Lanier Law Firm – Trucking and Human Trafficking (www.lanierlawfirm.com/trucking-and-human-trafficking/) This website provides insight on human trafficking involving the trucking industry, including red flags and what to do if you see something.

Substance Use Education

  1. OK Rehab (okrehab.org) OK Rehab specializes in addiction treatment. They organize their information pages into six sections (Treatments, Alcohol, Drugs, Behavioral, Get Help, and FAQ), many of which are further sub-categorized into detailed sections (ex. Dual Diagnoses). Additionally, they can help people in the UK locate a rehab.

  2. First City Recovery Center > Community Resources (firstcityrecoverycenter.com) On this website, you can find resources for parents, recognizing drug abuse, and responding to an overdose. Click the following titles to explore more: Addiction & Mental Health Resources for Parents and Social Drinking vs Binge Drinking

  3. County of Los Angeles Public Health – Substance Abuse Prevention and Control (www.lapublichealth.org/sapc/education.htm) This site provides various educational resources for substance abuse and prevention.

  4. Charles River Recovery Blog (www.charlesriverrecovery.com/blog) This substance use recovery center in Massachusetts has a blog with lots of important information about substance use and recovery.

Gang Involvement Resources

  1. Gang Prevention in Schools (gangpreventioninschools.com) This site contains a risk assessment for student gang involvement, videos about risk and resilience factors, expert interviews, and student stories.

  2. National Gang Center (nationalgangcenter.gov) This site has tools and a model to help prevent gang involvement and mitigate gang violence.

Older Adults

  1. American Society on Aging (asaging.org) This site has some free resources (ie seminars, podcasts) for aging life care.

  2. Aging Life Care Association (www.aginglifecare.org) I cannot say much about this association, as I do not have a membership myself, but I thought I would include it for those who would be interested in joining an association for aging life care. There does seem to be other educational resources as well.

Health and Wellness

  1. National Institutes of Health (NIH.gov) If you click Health Information > Community Resources, you can find wellness toolkits that talk about caring for your wellness (ie relationships, emotions) in English and Spanish.


  2. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (cdc.gov) The CDC has information regarding health and wellness concerns for different populations. For those who work with infants or parents of infants, they have a 0-5 developmental checklist that you can print.

Social Justice

  1. National Center for Youth Law (youthlaw.org) This website provides information and updates regarding policy around immigration, juvenile justice, child welfare, health, and education.

Printables for Clients and Families/Parents

  1. The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP- Facts for Families aacap.org) Facts for Families is available in English and Spanish. It provides brief information guides for topics such as ADHD, anxiety, defiance, etc. You can print the information for free and give to clients so long as the AACAP is credited. I have given these to clients to help supplement psychoeducation sessions.

  2. Pathways (pathways.org) Pathways has free printable brochures and information for parents to learn about their infants. It also has a developmental milestone checklist available for infants and toddlers 0-3yrs.

  3. National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN www.nctsn.org) (This resource is listed twice. Click the resources tab.) The NCTSN provides information on Trauma-informed treatments and assessments. It also has information regarding trainings and resources to get information (like Trauma and LGBTQ+ youth). Some resources are in Spanish.

  4. Anxiety and Stress Disorders Institute of Maryland, LLP (anxietyandstress.com) This site offers some informational pages that contain basic information regarding different stress disorders.

School Social Work

  1. Erika’s Lighthouse (erikaslighthouse.org) Designed to help teach youth about depression, this website has many materials that can be downloaded and distributed (like the parent handbook on childhood and teen depression).

  2. Edutopia (edutopia.org) This website provides videos and articles/tips for different topics: social and emotional learning, teacher development, project-based learning, + more.

  3. Teaching Tolerance (tolerance.org) For K-12 school personnel like school social workers. You can find resources to help build a positive school environment. They even have posters you can download and print.

  4. Stop Bullying (stopbullying.gov) This site is full of information about bullying. Additionally, it has links for videos and related resources.

  5. PBIS World (pbisworld.com) This site allows you to view different PBIS interventions for different behavior areas.

  6. Go Zen (gozen.com) This site offers some (paid and free) resources particularly for anger, stress, and negativity.


Clinical Tools

  1. Now Matters Now (nowmattersnow.org) This website basically is a resource for information on DBT skills.

  2. TFCBT Online Training (Tfcbt2.musc.edu) This is not free, but this website provides the online training for Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. You will not be certified in TFCBT after taking the training, but it can look great on your resume. The tips included do not have to be limited to TFCBT interventions. I learned great tips that I apply in therapy without using TFCBT.

  3. Symptom Media (symptommedia.com) Symptom media provides videos for mental health practitioners to be able to witness mental health symptoms that they may not understand (ie what does a working memory impairment look like?). This also costs money. It is a subscription, but there is a free trial available.

  4. Therapist Aid (TherapistAid.com) Therapist Aid has so many free resources to use in therapy sessions (ie self-care worksheets, trigger worksheets, info sheets) for youth and adults.

  5. Pinterest (pinterest.com) Pinterest is full of information for therapists of all kinds. Other people in the field post useful tools, infographics, and tips. (You can click here to follow my account and boards!)

  6. Teachers Pay Teachers (teacherspayteachers.com) You may get brought to this website BECAUSE of pinterest. They have many resources that can be used to help students with their social-emotional learning (at some financial cost to you).

  7. Diverse Book Finder (diversebookfinder.org) This site helps users find children’s book for different topics. The characters include children of different races and backgrounds.

  8. Creative Play Therapist (creativeplaytherapist.com) Created by an LCSW, Creative Play Therapist provides resources and information related to play therapy.

  9. Society of Clinical Psychology (div12.org) This site looks like you need a membership to get most of the resources. HOWEVER, under “resources,” you can find a free opioid guide.

  10. SAMHSA EBP Resource Center (samhsa.gov >programs> EBP Resource Center) This resource provides information about EBPs related to prevention, mental health interventions, substance abuse treatment, and recovery.

  11. Rock Star Practice (www.rockstarpractice.com) This website provides business consultation services and coping skills interventions.


Career

  1. Social Work Career (socialwork.career) More than any other website, I didn’t know where to sort this one. It has so much good information! Free webinars, book reviews, job search advice, expert interviews, and more!

  2. Social Work Podcast Website (socialworkpodcast.blogspot.com) On this website, you can browse, listen to, and read different Social Work Podcast episodes (and see the different resources they offer).

  3. Good Therapy (GoodTherapy.org) This website is primarily used to help individuals find therapists, but it also has resources for professionals on marketing and ethics.


Hotlines

  1. National Suicide Prevention Hotline (988lifeline.org) Call 988. This number recently changed, as many will already know, and is designed to help those struggling with suicidal thoughts.

  2. Human Trafficking Hotline (humantraffickinghotline.org) Call 1-888-373-7888 or Text 233733. This line is designed to help victims of human trafficking and to report a potential human trafficking situation. For immediate danger, call 911.

  3. Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD.org) Call 1-866-200-8098, M-F, 1-5 pm ET for parents needing to speak with an ADHD specialits.

  4. National Depression Hotline (nationaldepressionhotline.org) Call (866) 629-4564. This hotline is designed to help those struggling with depression find reliable resources.

  5. Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network - RAINN (rainn.org) Call 1-800-656-4673 or chat online. This hotline provides support, information, advice, or referrals to those who have experienced rape, abuse, or incest.

  6. Trevor Project (thetrevorproject.org) Call 866-488-7386 or Text START to 678-678 This is a LGBTQ+ Crisis Line

  7. Trans Lifeline (translifeline.org) Call(877) 565-8860 for USA or (877) 330-6366 if in Canada. Run by transgender people, this lifeline serves other transgender people in crisis.

  8. Boys Town National Hotline (boystown.org) 1.800.448.3000 Crisis and support line for children, youth and their parents, 24/7 and Spanish available. Multi-topic and issue assistance. 

  9. National Runaway Safeline (1800runaway.org) 1.800.RUNAWAY Crisis line for youth thinking about running away, for youth already on the run and for adults worried about a runaway. 24/7 help available.

  10. National Domestic Violence Hotline (thehotline.org) Call 800-799-7233 or Text START to 88788. This hotline will help those experience intimate partner violence/domestic violence.

  11. Love is Respect (Loveisrespect.org) Call 866.331.9474 or Text loveis to 22522. Peer advocates available 24/7 to support teens with concerns about dating violence. Chat is also available through their website.

  12. Postpartum Support International (postpartum.net)- 1.800.944.4PPD (4773) – This resource is available in English/Spanish refer callers to appropriate local resources, including emergency services.  Participants may also text this HelpLine (Spanish-speaking individuals may text 971-420-0294).


Note: This article contains links, but I am not associated with any of these sites (except, of course, my Pinterest page). I am listing them for informational purposes.

Please comment if you have any other website that you use often  AND What articles would you like to see in the future?


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