RECOMMENDED READING LIST FOR HELPING PROFESSIONALS:

In a diverse Country like Canada (and in an even more diverse city like Toronto), those in the helping professions (health, social service, social justice, etc.) are forever grappling to stay abreast of the needs of their service users. And, as a nonprofit professional, over the years I have found that an investment in continuing education can provide an opportunity to grow as an individual, and to also gain the insights needed, to better provide more inclusive programs and services.

Having worked in the social service sector for over fifteen years,  I have read quite a few books (and taken many courses), that have helped me to increase my knowledge and ability to be more aware of, and sensitive to, the needs of various service users.  With the former idea in mind, I felt inspired to compile the following list of books. I highly recommend these books, especially for helping professionals with an interest in providing – and promoting – more culturally congruent, and inclusive, programs and services.

  1. Social Work Under Pressure: How to Overcome Stress, Fatigue, and Burnout in the Workplace
  2. Out of the Closet, Into the Archives: Researching Sexual Histories (Suny Series in Queer Politics and Cultures)
  3. Behind The Rhetoric: Mental Health Recovery in Ontario
  4. Change by Design: How Design Thinking Transforms Organizations and Inspires Innovation
  5. Journey to Healing Aboriginal People with Addiction and Mental Health Issues
  6. Strong Helpers Teachings’: The Value of Indigenous Knowledges in the Helping Professions
  7. Wicihitowin: Aboriginal Social Work in Canada
  8. Race and Well-Being
  9. Doing Anti-Oppressive Practice: Building Transformative Politicized Social Work
  10. Challenging Oppression and Confronting Privilege
  11. Social Work, Social Justice and Human Rights: A Structural Approach to Practice
  12. People in Crisis: Clinical and Diversity Perspectives
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