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Addison Cooper

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.

Three very different summer 2018 movies - what can each of them teach us as social workers? Read more

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The Academy Awards ceremony usually features some social commentary. What would you say if you had a worldwide audience (and with social media, you do)? Read more

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Addison Cooper goes to the movies and reviews Mully, Coco, and Daddy's Home 2 through a social work lens. Read more

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

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What movies must social workers see in 2017? Our movie reviewer Addison Cooper has three suggestions. Read 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. Read 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? Read more

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

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

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Short film ReMoved raises awareness about foster care. Read more

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

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Book review of Adoption at the Movies: A Year of Adoption-Friendly Movie Nights to Get Your Family Talking. Read more

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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. Read more

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