#MacroSW Chat 3/22/2018: Gun Violence, Mental Health, and the Social Worker’s Role

Columbine. Sandy Hook. Pulse Night Club. Las Vegas and now Parkland.…the list is longer than the mention of these horrendous mass shootings. Social workers will continue to play a key role in helping our country enforce current gun regulations and grabble with enacting new laws for the public’s safety while balancing people’s right to bear arms. But in the wake of the Parkland shooting how we move forward to stop gun violence continues to be a vexing problem.

Join us on Thursday, March 22 at 9 p.m. Eastern (6 p.m. Pacific) for the #MacroSW chat to explore gun policies and perspectives and how social workers can continue to make an impact to end gun violence and discuss ways people can engage in this debate to make real change.

On a personal note, I’m heartbroken about the Parkland school shooting which took place in my hometown of Fort Lauderdale in Broward…

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#MacroSW chat for 3/15/2018: The emerging social work role in public libraries.

I’m hosting this week’s #MacroSW chat on 3/15/2018.

During Social Work Month, let’s celebrate a special facet of our practice: social workers are team members. We are found in hospital units, community planning organizations, and in many other formal or informal groups. While not as pronounced, social workers have become more active in the environment of the public library.  Examples of this growth in social work presence include Denver, Colorado, where a library social worker addresses needs of people who are homeless; an Anchorage, Alaska library social worker addressing homeless needs there; a social worker addressing mental health needs of community members at the St. Paul Public Libraries; and social workers aligned with the Richland, South Carolina library system, where patrons can schedule appointments via a web portal.

What factors are behind this increased social work presence? It’s worth observing that librarians, educators, and other civil servants have led the change to adapt library environments to community…

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Inequality for All w/ @JimmySW on 3/8/18 #MacroSW

Reblog from MacroSW: This week’s #MacroSW chat is 3/8/2018

IFA_Image1Social work students (and everyone else) from across the country are welcome to participate in a student-focused chat about income equality.  Join us for a live, interactive event in which social work professor Jimmy Young, of the California State University San Marcos, along with #MacroSW Partner, Laurel Hitchcock, of the University of Alabama at Birmingham, will facilitate a live discussion about the documentary film Inequality for All on Thursday, March 8th at 9 p.m. EST (6 p.m. PST).

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to connect with social work students, educators and practitioners from around the world. To participate:

  1. Watch the documentary Inequality for All. See below for information on how to access the movie.
  2. Your instructor may ask you to write a brief statement about your reaction to the movie.
  3. Participate in the live Twitter chat using the hashtag #MacroSW. Tweet any questions or responses directed to the moderators and social…

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Why social workers must be at the forefront of the changing healthcare system – #MacroSW 2/15/18 at 9pm EST

I’m looking forward to this week’s #MacroSW chat on 2/15/2018.


By Alyssa Lotmore

Social workers understand those most in need of, and at risk for, not getting adequate health care. However, we are rarely at the table in the policy and macro settings to help create policy/practice/research that contributes to well-being and health for communities.  As the mindful facilitators of interdisciplinary practice, we must open the conversation to practical steps to ensure that customers of health care, especially those most marginalized have access to and receive preventative and on-going healthcare.

This chat topic was inspired by the Navigator Program, which is hosted by the University at Albany’s (SUNY) School of Social Welfare. In this program, MSW students are hired to assist individuals in navigating the health care enrollment system. They gain the perspective of a varied customer base – those from all socio-economic backgrounds and especially those who social workers would be most likely to serve. The students practice skills, such…

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#MacroSW: Social Action 103 2/8/18

This week’s #MacroSW chat 2/8/2017: Social Action 103. I’ll be participating in this chat! See you there.

By Rachel L. West

The third part of our social action series will take place this Thursday, February 8th at 9:00 PM EST/6:00 PM PST. The series will be hosted by Rachel L. West (@poliSW). The series will examine what social action is, its role in social work, creating a personal and shared vision, social action planning, community assessment and mobilizing, and tactics.

This week’s chat will focus on action planning. If you missed the Social Action 101 and 102 you can read the transcripts here https://storify.com/OfficialMacroSW/social-action-101   https://storify.com/OfficialMacroSW/macrosw-2-1-18-social-action-102 .


Q1: Have you ever put together an action plan? If so were you also responsible for implementing it?

Q2: For those who have experienced either developing or implementing an action plan, what wisdom can you share?

Q3: How do you keep yourself and team members motivated?. Note: By “team” I’m mean volunteers (community members and allies) as well as…

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