#APM2017, I’m headed your way.

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I’m planning to attend the 2017 Council of Social Work Education Annual Program in Dallas. This is my fourth APM, and once again, I’m grateful for the opportunity to connect with and learn from colleagues across the spectrum of social work practice and education.

I’ll be participating in two presentations:

  • The licensure exam: development and evaluation of a synchronous group intervention.” (Sunday, October 22, 7:30 a.m.) Students in my program express anxiety over the pending licensing exam, as it impacts their ability to transition to professional engagement after graduating. I developed an entirely online, synchronous seminar that reviews and deconstructs test items provided by the ASWB as part of their group study package. While our school’s pass rates are high, I was interested in finding out of the sessions impacted students’ anxiety about the exam. Professor Carol Coohey and I will present on the intervention design and results from the study. ( 7:30 a.m….bring coffee.)
  • “Pioneering the Grand Challenges on Social Media as Macro Practice.” (Saturday, October 21, 2:00 p.m.) This presentation is summarized in this blog post, on MacroSW.com. If you aren’t familiar with #MacroSW, check out the About page. Also, check out the topic for this Thursday’s chat here. If you are attending the conference in Dallas, follow both the #MacroSW and #APM17…we are planning to have a meetup to join in the Twitter chat at 9 p.m. Eastern/8 p.m. Central (Dallas is included in the Central Time zone…yes, I had to look it up).

 

I’ll be blogging throughout the conference, mostly as a way to capture the environment and overall experience. I can be found here and at @spcummings on Twitter.

 

#MacroSW chat for 10/5/2017: Ableism in Social Work

By @TheMattSchwartz – Matthew L. Schwartz, #MacroSW Contributor Image: Ricardo Levins Morales The National Association of Social Workers’ slogan for its 2017 Social Work Month campaign was, “Social Workers Stand Up!” For me, this slogan highlighted the need to address the use of ableist language […]

via Ableism In Social Work: Working Toward Inclusion – Oct. 5, 2017 #MacroSW Chat — #MacroSW

#MacroSW chat for 9/27/2017 – Building the MacroSW Toolbox

The Community Tool Box, http://ctb.ku.edu, is a public service of the University of Kansas Center for Community Health and Development. The Tool Box provides free, how-to resources for those working to improve community change and improvement. From community members, teachers and trainers, TA providers and evaluators, NGOs, the private sector, funders, and local, national, and […]

via Build your #MacroSW Toolbox with Community Tool Box – 9/28 at 9pm EST — #MacroSW

#MacroSW 9/21/17: Confronting Poverty with Mark Rank

#MacroSW for Thursday, September 21: Confronting Poverty with Mark Rank

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By Rachel L. West

This Thursday’s (September 21st) #MacroSW Twitter Chat will focus on confronting poverty. We will be joined by guest expert Mark Rank.

Mark Rank, PhD is the Herbert S. Hadley Professor of Social Welfare at Washington University in St. Louis. Along with Thomas A. Hirschl created confrontingpoverty.org. The website includes the Poverty Risk Calculator and a discussion guide that encourages visitors to think about and talk about poverty. The site also features research articles.

I will be hosting the chat (@poliSW). Mark will be using @MacroSWExpert handle. The chat starts at 9:00 PM EST /6:00 PM PST.

Chat Questions:

Q1: How can we change America’s dominant attitude that poverty is the result of individual failings?

Q2: In what ways can the systemic nature of poverty be shown?

Q3: Why is it important to confront poverty and inequality in the United States?

Q4:…

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This week’s #MacroSW chat (9/14/17): The Role of Social Media in Campaigns

By Rachel L. West Barrack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign was a game changer. It was the first time a political campaign had effectively leveraged social media. The September 14th chat will examine the role social media plays in political campaigns and how public officials use it to communicate with constituents. It will cover the platforms […]

via The Role of Social Media in Campaigns #MacroSW 9/14/17 9 PM EST — #MacroSW

Get ready…the #MacroSW chat returns this week!

We’re back….well, almost. For our first September 2017 Twitter Chat, we will be talking about how to be Media Savvy Social Workers. There are many areas that the Social Work Grand Challenges address. We have countless social workers in the field who know so much about each of those topics. This chat will address how […]

via The Public is Client: Sharing Our Social Work Expertise – 9/7 at 9pm EST #MacroSW — #MacroSW

It’s 2017, and we are still fighting Nazis. Here’s what we can do. Today: Stand in solidarity with #Charlottesville anti-Nazi protesters.

Photo (c) 2017 Stephen Cummings.

 

If you are a person of decency, you aren't a Nazi. And you're definitely upset that, in 2017, good people are still dying because Nazis still exist. White supremacists are still organizing. 

There's a lot of work to do. If you are a social worker, staying neutral on the subject of institutional racism is not an option. It's part of who we are.

Today, it's August 13, 2017, and we've witnessed a horrifying event in Charlottesville. It's disgusting and completely predictable. Let's first stand up and show we are part of the solution.

Rachel West, a partner in #MacroSW, has created a crowdsource document that helps locate events where we can demonstrate our solidarity with those who are standing up for basic human decency. (You know, anti-white supremacists. Anti-white nationalists. Nazis.)

Here's the document:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1oYagVIJfZRSIenIZuP9TNl7ooSiBq4IUKp8rIpfqWsA/edit?ts=59907565#

This week’s #MacroSW chat: Sumer Self-Care – 7/27, 9 p.m. ET/8 CT

Once again, we reach that time of year when #MacroSW will go on vacation for the month of August. Come prepared to share your favorite summer self-care, including books you have tucked away in your beach bag or on your tablet, favorite summer recipes or treats, music or video playlists, and travel or staycation plans. […]

via Open Mic/Summer Self-Care Chat: #MacroSW 7/27 at 9pm EST —

I’m looking forward to this chat, possibly because it reminds me I’ll be taking a few days off at the beginning of August.

#MacroSW Chat this Thursday: Technology standards & the impact on social work

Have you heard? The technology standards have been updated. This will be the focus for this week’s #MacroSW Chat.

From the MacroSW blog:

Technology is no longer an optional part of social work practice. Videoconferencing, online social networking, social robots, digital documentation and storage, texting, mobile apps, and other forms of technology are used in many realms of social work practice. The recently published Standards for Technology in Social Work Practice offers a roadmap to think critically about […]

via #MacroSW Chat, 7/20/2017: Technology Standard’s Impact in Social Work —