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Social Work Goes to the Movies

Addison Cooper takes a look at three popular films through a social work lens - The Glass Castle, Leap!, and Cars 3. more

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Review of the movie, Lion. Lion is a powerful film. It’s engaging and gripping. It will draw some tears. It’s also remarkably healthy from an adoption perspective. more

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"Seeing the humanness in the other makes compassion possible. Compassion makes forgiveness possible. Forgiveness makes it possible for my friends to eventually move forward." Addison Cooper reviews The Light Between Oceans. more

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