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Two films, "Boy Erased" and "The Miseducation of Cameron Post," expose harm of conversion therapy, or efforts to change a person's sexual orientation. SaraKay Smullens provides commentary on the films and history of these practices. more

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Lady Gaga's star ascends in A Star Is Born, and her journey has only begun. SaraKay Smullens looks at the person and the film with a social worker's eye. more

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Movie review - In "The Children Act," a family court judge makes critical decisions. The pain and danger inflicted by a lack of self-awareness and reflection make The Children Act a difficult but important film to experience. more

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RBG, the recent documentary about cultural icon Ruth Bader Ginsberg, is inspiring and instructive. Amongst many lessons, RBG’s life presents a self-care case. more

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SaraKay Smullens' review of "Leave No Trace" focuses on the social work skills of one unnamed character in the film. more

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Review of “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” - the documentary film that tells the story of Fred Rogers, beloved host of the TV show Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood. more

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

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"The Tale," premiering on HBO on May 26, 2018, tells the true story of filmmaker Jennifer Fox's coming to terms with her childhood sexual abuse. more

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In the film Phantom Thread, the symbolism of hidden messages mirrors social workers' professional challenges. 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)? more

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When the Directors Guild of America and the Producers Guild of America chose Guillermo del Toro as their top guy and “The Shape of Water” led the Oscar race with 13 nominations, it was time to see what I had missed. It turns out to be a great deal. 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. 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. more

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The documentary film Step follows Blessin, Cori, Tayla, and their teammates on the Lethal Ladies step team. more

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Kenneth Lonergan, writer and director of the emotionally gripping film Manchester By The Sea, may not have been informed by the science of trauma, but his characters clearly illustrate the complicated relationship between trauma and loss. 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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What movies must social workers see in 2017? Our movie reviewer Addison Cooper has three suggestions. 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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