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Addison Cooper

Addison Cooper, MSW, LCSW, is the creator of Adoption at the Movies adoption movie review website (www.adoptionlcsw.com). He is a foster care and adoption supervisor and therapist in Southern California. Find him on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/AdoptionAtTheMovies and follow him on Twitter @AddisonCooper.

Inside Out Wins Big in Adoption at the Movies Awards

The online adoption and foster care community has honored several films in the Third Annual Adoption at the Movies Awards. more »

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Caring about other people is a big part of what drew us to social work in the first place. When we are advocating, though, do we do it any better than social media? more »

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Are social workers dragon warriors, like Po in Kung Fu Panda 3? more »

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Looking at the movie, It's a Wonderful Life, Addison Cooper asks social workers to take a look at their own lives and the impact they have made as we enter and look forward to a new year. more »

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Like Frodo in The Lord of the Rings trilogy, social workers sometimes need help. Whether it’s friends, family, or therapists, remember—we can’t do it alone. But we don’t have to. more »

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Remember My Story is a 20-minute short film, and is the continuation of last year’s powerful viral hit, ReMoved. Remember My Story is deeply insightful and emotionally powerful. more »

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When you find yourself in a position of influence, what do you want to say? The 2015 Academy Awards saw several winners using their moment to speak about social issues. Perhaps the most poignant was Graham Moore. more »

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Social worker Addison Cooper wonders why it is that he always feels so busy. So busy, that it doesn’t feel right to not be busy. That it’s hard to take time to practice self-care. That it’s a discipline to spend time with friends. more »

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Addison Cooper on the movie St. Vincent and looking beyond the surface to understand a person. more »

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Short film ReMoved raises awareness about foster care. more »

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Our movie columnist Addison Cooper takes a look at the new 2014 adaptation of Annie. more »

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Why not make the cinema part of your professional development? With a clinical eye, movies can provide an excellent and easy way to connect with clients, to provide them with understandable analogies, and possibly even provide exercises to use at more »

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Rocks in My Pockets is an animated retelling of the story of depression, suicidal thoughts, and schizophrenia over several generations of the family of Latvian artist Signe Baumane. Baumane herself acknowledges her own struggle with depression, more »

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Set in 1769 England, the film Belle looks in on Lord Mansfield, the Lord Chief Justice and highest judge in all of England, who must rule on a case that threatens to disrupt the nation’s vast slave-based economy. more »

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Surprisingly, the highlight of the 86th Academy Awards night for me wasn’t finding out who won what; it was Lupita Nyong’o’s enthusiastically grateful acceptance speech for Best Supporting Actress. more »

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Social work is a broad field. You can do lots of different things while being a social worker. Social work is a helping field. Everything you do as a social worker can be meaningful. more »

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In my experience, single prospective adoptive fathers are viewed with much more suspicion than prospective adoptive couples or single prospective adoptive mothers. Maybe this resonates with you—but why? Maybe this surprises you, but again—why? more »

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Angela was adopted at a very young age from foster care. Her adoption was transracial. It also was considered a “special needs” adoption—Angela had serious medical conditions, and doctors suggested that she might not be able to walk. more »

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