Web Links

An Introduction
Some Key Issues
Web Links


James W. Drisko, PhD, LICSW

from the 
Massachusetts Society for Social Work Leadership in Health Care     
December 6, 2002

Jump to:
Professional Organizations
(includes advocacy groups and topics)
   Personal Social Work Sites
      Social Work Info Search Sites
         Mental Health Sites
            Evaluating Web Resources
                Substance Abuse
                     Support Groups
                        Online Support Groups
                           Patient Advocacy
                                 Social Work Job Resources
People Finders and Maps

Professional Organizations (Formal and Informal)

1. NASW    The Social Work profession's omnibus organization

www.naswdc.org   or     www.socialworkers.org

Sadly, much content is restricted to members

2. MA NASW (Mass State Chapter)    (a well developed site just now updated!)

3. Clinical Social Work Federation

4.  National Committee on Psychoanalysis in Clinical Social Work

5.  Family Therapy Practice Academy

6. American Association of State Social Work Boards
www.aswb.org      (Useful licensing information)

7. American Board of Examiners in Clinical Social Work [ABE] 

8. Council on Social Work Education

9. Association of Oncology Social Work

10. Bertha Capen Reynolds Society   (erratically available!)

11. Society for Social Work and Research

12. Association for Community Organization and Social Administration

13. Social Welfare Policy and Practice Group (strong resource links)

14. E-The People (seeks to bring government closer to the people)

15. Digital Librarian: Activism (many activism links)

16. Institute for the Advancement of Social Work Research

17. Society for Social Work Leadership in Health Care (Admin.)

18. National Network for Social Work Managers

19. Community Organization (review and booklist, good history)

Personal Social Work Sites and Focused Resources

20. Clinicalsocialworkers.com (Pat McClendon)
www.clinicalsocialwork.com          [No endorsement implied]

21. Cyber Social Worker (Ed Geraty) (Great overview of chat & list servs)

22. Group Psychotherapy (H. Weinberg’s Resources & Discussion online)

23. Socialwork.com (commercial page - under-developed)
www.socialwork.com               [No endorsement implied]

24. Post-traumatic Stress
www.ptsdalliance.org   or    www.sidran.org (Sidran Foundation)

Major Social Work Resource Sites

25. World Wide Web Resources for Social Workers (Gary Holden; NYU SSW)
www.nyu.edu/socialwork/wwwrsw    (The largest, includes full text article links))

26. SWAN [Social Work Access Network] (University of South Carolina)

27. Social Work Resources  (Jim Drisko, Smith College SSW)  (Strong on diversity)
www.drisko.net   or    http://sophia.smith.edu/~jdrisko

Diversity Resources
Lesbian, Gay, Bi Resources
Disabilities Resources
Homelessness Issues
Clinical Pages
Web Searches

Mental Health Sites

28. Internet Mental Health   (Phillip Long) (Excellent site)
www.mentalhealth.com            [No endorsement implied]
Includes extensive materials on US and European diagnoses, treatments and medication. Includes a thoughtful self- or clinician done online diagnostic. Strong support materials for schizophrenia.

29. Mentalhelp.net (Commercial) Very good on assessment tools/tests
www.mentalhelp.net                                [No endorsement implied]

The Center for Mental Health Services also offers some useful mental health information

30.  Online Clinics has some useful links in the Library section (Commercial)
including information on prescription drugs used in mental health:

31. The Wing of Madness (depression site) (from non-pro Deborah Gray)
www.wingofmadness.com/index.htm     [No endorsement implied]

32. Mental Health Facts (A site critical of much MH care - You decide!)
www.mentalhealthfacts.com                    [No endorsement implied]

33. The AntiPsychiatry Coalition (who feel harmed by professionals)
www.antipsychiatry.org/index.htm  (multi lingual) [No endorsement]

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Evaluating Web Sites (always be cautious with online information!)

34. Thinking Critically about WWW Resources (UCLA Libraries)

56. Evaluating Web Resources (Widener University Libraries)
Includes specific information on evaluating advocacy pages

36. Evaluating Internet Resources (University at Albany Libraries)

37.  Dr. Steven Barrett offers QuackWatch  (broad, but conservative)
www.quackwatch.com         [No endorsement implied]

Substance Abuse

38.  Alcoholics Anonymous has a well developed site, with lots of information and links for members, even a screening tool for home use.

39.  Al-anon/Alateen also offer online resources     http://www.al-anon.alateen.org/

40.  Narcotics Anonymous offers great online information (check their online literature)    http://www.na.org/

41.  The National Institutes of Health offers Substance Abuse Information on Medline        http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/substanceabuse.html

42.  SAMHSA's Center for Substance Abuse Treatment offers information on programs that work      http://www.samhsa.gov/centers/csat2002/

43. The Dual Diagnosis Organization offers many links at http://www.dualdiagnosis.org/library/library.html

44.  The Treatment Improvement Exchange also offers links about dual diagnoses related to several forms of social service intervention.

45.  Substance Abuse Librarians and Information Specialists provide a great starting point for learning:    http://salis.org/resources/links.htm

 Health Resources - Disorder Specific

46.  The National Cancer Institute’s CancerNet is an excellent source for information on cancer and its care.   Easy to navigate.

47.  JAMA's HIV/AIDS Resource Center is a fine starting point.

48.  The American Autoimmune Disorder site offers information and a source for advocacy efforts.

49.  The Alzheimer's Oragnization  ( www.alz.org/ ) and the Alzheimer's Education and Referral Center ( www.alzheimers.org/ ) offer fine resources.

50.  The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute offers many resources on the costliest medical condition.   

51.  The Pulmonary Hypertension Association offers links and resources.

52.  The Spinal Cord Injury Association offers many resources

Professional Organizations related to Spinal Cord Injuries are found at:   http://www.aascipsw.org/       or      http://www.apssci.org/links.htm

Health Resources – General

53.  Ask NOAH About: Health Topics and Resources (NY Public Libraries)
www.noah-health.org/english/qksearch.html (English)
www.noah-health.org/spanish/spproviders.html (Spanish)

54.   An English equivalent is found at Care and Health (makes for interesting cross cultural comparisons!)

All Health Net is a Florida Based commercial site which offers a searchable data base. Lot's of material.
(commercial).  [No endorsement implied]

55. Women’s Health Facts (Society for Women’s Health research)

56. Information about Health Topics (& Virtual Hospitals!) (U of Iowa)

57.  The Administration on Aging's Resource Directory for Older People

58.  Aging Issues and Metasites             (thanks to Susan Mankita!)
http://www.aoa.dhhs.gov/agingsites/     and

Massachusetts Social Worker Alta McDonald notes these two sites may be of interest to clients:
Canada RX  has detailed information about ordering drugs in Canada as well as purchasing them.  (This may be of particular interest to seniors on Medex Bronze/Medicare who don't have insured prescription drug coverage.  The potential savings are considerable.  The prescribing physician must contact them.)

60.  Elder Life Planning is a site developed by a social worker, Bob O'Toole, with a lot of information about senior issues and a discussion section.  

Colleagues from the Massachusetts Society for Social Work Leadership in Health Care suggested the following links:

Hospice Foundation of America is a not-for-profit organization that provides leadership in the development and application of hospice and its philosophy of care. They offer excellent material on grief and loss as well as a lengthy alphabetical list of topical links (from the “air crash support network” to “widow net”)

The Hospice Association of America is a national organization representing more than 2,800 hospices and thousands of caregivers and volunteers who serve terminally ill patients and their families (i.e., a trade organization).  It offers links and consumer-oriented fact sheets online.

The American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC) Project offers many fine links on end of life care, from statements of philosophy to patient oriented guidance.

The American Pain Society is a multidisciplinary organization of basic and clinical scientists, practicing clinicians, policy analysts, and others seeking to advance pain-related research, education, treatment and professional practice.  They offer many links for professiona ls.

The American Pain Foundation is a consumer oriented education and advocacy organization, offering informational links organized by disorder.

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Information, Support and Chat

61. Interpsych Forums     Correspond with others who have shared interests

62.  Google Groups (formerly Deja.com) is a fine chat room directory (not just to social work)
www.groups.google.com            [No endorsement implied]

Online Supports and (maybe) Online Therapy

63.  The National Self-help Clearinghouse

64. The ABCs of "Internet Therapy" (Martha Ainsworth)
www.metanoia.org/imhs/index.html         [No endorsement implied]

65. Online Therapy [links] (Jim Drisko)

66. International Society for Mental Health Online (ISMHO)

67. OnlineClinics.com (a practice network)  [No endorsement implied]

68. Epotec (an online therapy corporation, with case examples)
www.epotec.com         [No endorsement implied]

Patient or Case Advocacy

69. Patient Advocacy Numbers (Johns Hopkins InfoNet)


You can access abstracts and some articles online from home if you do not have access to an academic library.

70.  The Merck Manual Online

The Merck has a home edition, too. 

71. Cambridge Scientific Abstracts (for fee)      Access to publications databases
www.csa.com         [No endorsement implied]

Jobs for Social Workers

Try State NASW, too!

72. Social work jobs online (by state) (George Warren Brown School of Social Work)

73. Job links (many by state) (from The New Social Worker journal)
http://www.socialworker.com/career.htm    [No endorsement implied]

74. Socialservices.com   (commercial site)   [No endorsement]

75. Mental Web (commercial site, bad name!)   [No endorsement]

76. National jobs listings (from Geocities, a web host)
http://www.geocities.com/CapitolHill/9300/          [No endorsement]

77. Job listings in health care (commercial)
http://www.healthcaresource.com/           [No endorsement implied]

Some Additional Resources

78.   Susan Mankita's Social Work Forum   an AOL chat service by a strong advocate for social workers on the web.      [No endorsement implied]

79.  Social Work Search   Started in late 1996 by Tom Cleerman, MSW, its now a commercial site of high popularity.      [No endorsement implied]

People Finders

80.  Switchboard locates people using the phone book.  Spooky and fast!

81.  Yahoo! People Search  

82.   David Lamb reminds us to be courteous and thoughtful when seeking personal info (but it's always good advice).

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83.  Yahoo Maps will give you directions from just about any specific street address to any other.  Really useful, but be sure to plan ahead (it's hard to use in your car!)

Keep in Touch!

Nominate any great sites you find for the next version of this presentation (and web posting, too).   
e-mail to jdrisko@smith.edu

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 first version, April, 2000; last update 1/2/03