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Documentaries and Original Training Videos Combine with 50,000 Pages of Curated Text in Alexander Street’s comprehensive Social Work Online

ALEXANDRIA, VA, April 3, 2017 – Encompassing 100 hours of video, Alexander Street’s Social Work Online is a multimedia resource that combines compelling documentaries, original training videos and client demonstrations with relevant text to illustrate the complex and challenging realities students of social work will face as practitioners.

This content addresses 12 of the most critical subjects in the social work curriculum:

  • Children and Families
  • Diversity
  • School Social Work
  • Older Adults
  • Substance Abuse
  • Criminal Justice
  • Mental Health
  • Health Care
  • Poverty
  • Crisis and Trauma
  • Social Welfare
  • History of Social Work

Created in collaboration with expert advisors comprised of faculty and librarians, Social Work Online supplements its video with 50,000 curated pages of text to deliver insights that go deeper than traditional social work textbooks.

“The goal of this database is to provide a single collection of resources for students that is unlike anything currently available,” said Taney Shondel, Senior Editor at Alexander Street. “The collection offers the most comprehensive and relevant resources to prepare future social workers for the many challenges they will face in their career.”

In addition to curated content from top sources, Microtraining Associates, an Alexander Street imprint, has produced several original training videos that meet the need for social work training on essential issues. The new exclusive video selections include Overcoming Personal Bias in Social Work; Socio-Racial Roundtable: The Ecology of Negative Imagery, Gender Roles and Racism; and Affirmative Practice with LBGTQ Clients.

Other publishing partners contributing to this collection include Columbia University Press, Council on Social Work Education, Jessica Kingsley Publishers and Cambridge University Press. All material is easily accessible on a single platform and enhanced with metadata for simplified discovery and enriched research outcomes.

About Microtraining Associates

Microtraining Associates was established in 1974 by Dr. Allen Ivey, originator of the renowned microskills model, which revolutionized modern understanding of the counseling and therapy process by teaching students vital interviewing skills step-by-step.  The company has always been focused on training resources -- both in text and video format – to make counselors better at what they do. Microtraining Associates has been part of Alexander Street family since 2010.

About Alexander Street, a ProQuest Company

Alexander Street pairs exclusive streaming video, audio, and curated full-text with cutting-edge online tools to transform the way people research, learn, and teach in virtually every discipline. Learn more at

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ProQuest connects people with vetted, reliable information. Key to serious research, the company’s products are a gateway to the world’s knowledge including dissertations, governmental and cultural archives, news, historical collections and ebooks. ProQuest technologies serve users across the critical points in research, helping them discover, access, share, create and manage information.

The company's cloud-based technologies offer flexible solutions for librarians, students and researchers through the ProQuest®, Alexander Street™, Bowker®, Dialog®, Ex Libris® and SIPX® businesses – and notable research tools such as the RefWorks® citation and reference management platform, the Pivot® research development tool and the Ebook Central®, ebrary®, EBL™ and MyiLibrary® ebook platforms. The company is headquartered in Ann Arbor, Michigan, with offices around the world.

03 April 2017

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