28 TedTalks Every Social Worker Should Watch

Below are linked a list of Ted Talks useful for those in social work or human services fields. I find them particularly refreshing, especially when they come with a diverse perspective, or a social issue I don’t particularly surround myself with. I hope you find the list beneficial to your continuing education, whether that is social work related, or simply that of an avid learner.

In the future, next editions will be published as I dive more into the world of Ted Talks and the speakers’ topics related to social work. For now, may the list below suit your needs in your pursuit for never-ending knowledge.

  1. Temple Grandin: The World Needs All Kinds of Minds
  2. Becky Blanton: The Year I was Homeless
  3. David Brooks: The Social Animal
  4. Georgette Mulheir: The Tragedy of Orphanages
  5. Dan Gilbert: Why We Make Bad Decisions
  6. Alanna Shaikh: How I’m Preparing to Get Alzheimer’s
  7. Elizabeth Pisani: Sex, Drugs, and HIV — Let’s Get Rational
  8. Ruby Wax: What’s So Funny About Mental Illness?
  9. Peter Saul: Let’s Talk About Dying
  10. Kang Lee: Can You Really Tell if a Kid is Lying?
  11. Nicholas Christakis: The Hidden Influence of Social Networks
  12. Johann Hari: Everything You Know About Addiction is Wrong
  13. Robbyn Peters Bennett: Violence — A Family Tradition
  14. Thomas Insel at TEDxCaltech: Mental Disorders as Brain Disorders
  15. Helen Pearson: Lessons From the Longest Study on Human Development
  16. David R. Dow: Lessons From Death Row Inmates
  17. Amy Cunningham: Drowning in Empathy: The Cost of Vicarious Trauma
  18. Hilary Cottam: Social Services Are Broken. How We Can Fix Them.
  19. Brene Brown: The Power of Vulnerability
  20. Nadine Burke Harris: How Childhood Trauma Affects Health Across a Lifetime
  21. Jake Tyler: “I’m Fine” — Learning to Live With Depression
  22. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: The Danger of a Single Story
  23. Sophie Andrews: The Best Way to Help is Often Just to Listen
  24. Mark Tyndall: The Harm Reduction Model of Drug Addiction Treatment
  25. Judith Heumann: Our Fight For Disability Rights — And Why We’re Not Done Yet
  26. Aditi Shankardass: A Second Opinion on Developmental Disorders
  27. Jackson Katz: Violence Against Women — It’s a Men’s Issue
  28. Leslie Morgan Steiner: Why Domestic Violence Victims Don’t Leave

DISCLAIMER: **I AM NOT AFFILIATED WITH TED TALKS OR ANY OF THE MENTIONED SPEAKERS. I AM SIMPLY A LOVER OF GROWING KNOWLEDGE. I DO NOT OWN AND HAVE NO RIGHTS TO ANY OF THE LINKED VIDEOS.**

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