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Social Work

This guide provides an overview of recent DVDs that may interest researchers in the Social Work field. Additional titles can be accessed through the library catalog; you can search by keyword, person, genre, or title.

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Suggested keywords: social workers, substance abuse, family services, public welfare, social policy

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Social Work DVDs

Addiction: A 14-Part Series
Strives to break through the myths around addiction, explaining what it really is, what causes it, and how to treat it.
Call Number: UMDVD 3786

American Winter
Presents an intimate snapshot of the state of the nation's economy as it plays out in millions of families.
Call Number: UMDVD 8021

Becoming a Social Worker: Real Students, Real Clients, Real Growth
Contains interviews with students and new social workers, and follows them to client meetings.
Call Number: UMDVD 5003

Children Underground
Documents a year in the lives of five homeless Romanian children living in a subway station in Bucharest.
Call Number: UMDVD 1079

A Day's Work, A Day's Pay
Follows three welfare recipients as they participate in the largest welfare-to-work program in the U.S.
Call Number: UMDVD 5772

The End of Poverty?
Explains how global poverty began with military conquest, slavery, and colonization.
Call Number: UMDVD 7174

Evaluating Social Work Practice: A User-Friendly Approach
Shows the process and dispels practitioners' fears of using outcome measures to monitor practice.
Call Number: UMDVD 4310

Foster Care: A System in Crisis
Reports on the complex, ongoing challenges facing families and organizations that shelter endangered children.
Call Number: UMDVD 4323

Growing Up Trans
Focuses on the struggles and choices facing transgender kids and their parents.
Call Number: UMDVD 9711

Hidden Pictures
Explores attitudes about mental illness in India, South Africa, China, France, and the United States.
Call Number: UMDVD 9086

The Idea Makers: The Women of Hull House
Looks at the history of Hull House, which opened in 1889 to provide services to poor and uneducated Chicagoans.
Call Number: UMDVD 500

In My Father's House
Shows how Che Smith (a.k.a. Rhymefest) reunites with his father, an alcoholic living on the streets of Chicago.
Call Number: UMDVD 9729

Legacies of Social Change: 100 Years of Professional Social Work in the United States
Explores the birth and growth of social work in the United States and tells of the underlying values and forces.
Call Number: UMDVD 7363

Living Proof: Reflections on 75 Years of Social Work Education
Documents the history of the University at Buffalo's School of Social Work via dozens of interviews.
Call Number: UMDVD 7358

Love & Diane
Tells the story of a NYC family's struggle to become a family again after ten years of separation.
Call Number: UMDVD 7923

Portrays the struggles of a young Puerto Rican woman trying to make her way through the streets of New York City.
Call Number: UMDVD 8970

Macro Systems
Explores the utilization of social systems theory as it applies to social work and social service areas.
Call Number: UMDVD 8248

The New Heroes: Their Bottom Line is Lives
Tells the dramatic stories of 14 people who are alleviating poverty, illness, and other social issues.
Call Number: UMDVD 4176

Paycheck to Paycheck: The Life & Times of Katrina Gilbert
Tells the story of a single mom and her efforts to make ends meet.
Call Number: UMDVD 9043

Real Life 101: Social Work
Profiles three social workers' jobs, from helping people with disabilities to assisting abuse victims to youth outreach.
Call Number: UMDVD 6785

The Released
Examines what happens to the many thousands of mentally ill prisoners when they leave prison.
Call Number: UMDVD 6110

Sound and Fury
Examines the issues that arise in a family with deaf members after two of the children are offered surgical implants.
Call Number: UMDVD 583

Social Justice in Action: Examples of Practice and Visions of the Future
Describes concrete examples of social justice in action, e.g. in schools, health agencies, career counseling, and more.
Call Number: UMDVD 5288