The heavy toll that can come from doing emotionally difficult work requires a conscious application of creativity and energy to move it forward. Read more


The IL Department of Children and Family Services, with Prevent Child Abuse Illinois, held the 6th annual "Kids in Care, and Those Who Care Art Exhibit" at the James R. Thompson Center in Chicago, IL, April 23-27, 2018. Watch the video. Read more


As a member of the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan, the cultural teachings I learned in my youth have sustained me through challenging times. In all tribal nations, cultures’ spirituality and healing align and influence the creation of art. Read more

Self-Care Summer

“Unifying Latin American Families” presents a group of arms tattooed with different kinds of Latin American traditions’ images, surrounded by signs indicating uncertainty. This art piece was inspired by uncertainty in the U.S. political climate. Read more

Social Work Month Project 2017

A dream catcher by UND social work student Selena Hobbs encompasses the values and ethics of professional social workers. Read more

Social Work Month Project 2017

The Real Me

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Expressive techniques such as photography, writing, and other arts are tools for both the client and social worker to benefit from by accessing inner worlds and processing thoughts and feelings. Read more

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Book review of Photo Explorations: A Girl’s Guide to Self-Discovery Through Photography, Writing and Drawing. Read more

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Art 4 Social Change

Published with permission of Helga Luest.

Recognizing the space and time needed to heal from trauma, isolation is the opposite of what we need. The key to healing and building resilience is connection with others. Read more

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This art piece was inspired by the information from a 2016 summer graduate school class at California State University East Bay. The class was Assessment and Treatment of Substance Abuse, and it presented the harm reduction approach. Read more

Creative Work

The recent trend toward coloring books for adults inspired the creation of these coloring pages for social workers, from Nate Crowell, blogger at Read more

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Twin Towers is artwork by Dr. Nubian Sun of Western Kentucky University. Read more

Social Work Month Project 2016

The Scales of Justice - poetry and artwork by Keborah Andren, social work student at Portland State University. Read more

Social Work Month Project 2016

My artwork aims to signify the attributes they share with mainstream superheroes, like Superman. Although they don't wear spandex and capes, social workers are superheroes to those in the community. Read more

Social Work Month Project 2016

Qualities of a Social Worker

Kaitlyn Prochnow

Katie Prochnow is a social work student at the University of North Dakota. Her drawing shows how positive personal qualities of social workers are related to their careers and make them who they are. Read more

Social Work Month Project 2016

Social work student Denise Walter created a place of reflection by painting a mural for her social work office. Read more

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Orange and Blue Dahlia

photo credit: Allison Fine

A photo of a dahlia by social worker Allison Fine. "Flowers are a reminder of the beauty that exists in this world." Read more

Social Work Month 2015

An acronym for "Social Worker" by ECU social work student Kayla Marek. Read more

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Never Lose Hope

art by Laura Daugherty

Artwork entitled "Never Lose Hope," by social work student Laura Daugherty of Warner University. Social work is more than lending a helping hand, but can provide a sense of hope, which is rooted deep down in our hearts. Read more

Social Work Month 2015

These works from the Repeal Hyde Art Project are part of a series on reproductive justice. Read more

Social Work Month 2015

National Child Abuse Prevention Month: Art Gives Children in DCFS Care a Voice

The exhibit titled “Art From Youth in Care and From Others Who Care” will be on display, open to the public from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.daily, through Friday, April 25, 2014, on the main level of the Thompson Center, 100 W. Randolph Street in Chicago Read more

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