U.S. Immigration policy, 2018: What must social workers do? #MacroSW Chat 6/21/2018 at 9:00 p.m. eastern

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Topic synopsis:

For this week’s #MacroSW chat, we’ll be discussing what we are witnessing unfolding at the U.S./Mexico border. Social workers are witnessing a new policy of immigration engagement: the active separation of children from their families. This is a new interpretation of immigration policy, and the intent of this new action is not uniformly clear. New media outlets have only sparing instances of viewing or interviewing people at the centers of detention, and government representatives have not been in agreement as to why the policy of separation is in place.  In one example of this confusion, Secretary of Homeland Security Kristjen Nielson communicated via Twitter that family separation wasn’t happening, but then communicated later that the practice was occurring. In 2017, Chief of Staff John Kelly described the plan to separate children from families as an attempt to deter illegal immigration (Stahl, 2018).

Social workers are reportedly engaged at the border detention centers, however, reports suggest that social work presence is minimal (Soboroff & Ainsley, 2018).  Not much is known yet about the role of social workers in this environment. However, the possibility of social workers intervening in harmful policy is concerning. The forced separation of children from their parents is traumatic and can cause lasting psychological injury to the child, according to Dr. Colleen Kraft, president of the American Academy of Pediatrics (Scott, 2018).

Among the possible discussion questions for 6/21/18 chat include: 

  1. What do we currently know about the immigration policy at the US/Mexico border?
  2.  How are social workers engaged at the border?
  3. How does this practice of separating children from their families conflict with the Code of Ethics?
  4. What should we, as members of the social work profession, be doing to address this policy?
  5. What other thoughts do you have?

 

About #MacroSW:

#MacroSW is a collaboration of social workers, organizations, social work schools, and individuals working to promote macro social work practice. Macro social work practice focuses on changing larger systems, such as communities and organizations. It encompasses a broad spectrum of actions and ideas, ranging from community organizing and education to legislative advocacy and policy analysis. The chats are held weekly on Twitter every Thursday at 9 p.m. EST (6 p.m. PST). Click here for a list of chat partners. For information about how to participate in the #MacroSW chat, view our FAQs. For chat schedule and chat archives check out: http://macrosw.com.

 

 

Resources:

Scott, D. (2018, June 18). The family separation crisis is a health crisis. Vox.

https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2018/6/18/17475810/immigration-family-separation-health-crisis

Soboroff, J & Ainsley, J. (2018, June 18). McAllen, Texas, immigration processing center is largest in U.S. NBC News.

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/mcallen-texas-immigration-processing-center-largest-u-s-n884126

Stahl, J. (2018, June 18.). The most audacious moment from Kirstjen Nielsen’s child separation presss conference. Slate.

https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2018/06/kirstjen-nielsens-child-separation-press-conference-was-full-of-audacious-claims.html

 

 

 

#MacroSW chat 6/14/2018: The end of Net Neutrality, and how social work may be impacted

The End of Net Neutrality_How will Social Work beImpacted_.pngFor this chat, we’ll look at the current state of Net Neutrality, and how social workers may be impacted.

Since 2015, the Federal Communication Commission had regulations in place to keep the internet from being anything more than a utility. On June 11, the repeal of Net Neutrality takes effect. This chat will focus on where we are now, and how social workers and the people we serve may be affected.

Why is this an issue? One perspective: only a very small number of telecommunications companies operate broadband service in the United States. This affords these companies a lot of power to handle and manipulate data as it flows through the infrastructure they control. The ACLU lists a few examples of how these companies have manipulated and censored political content prior to the establishment of Net Neutrality. After the repeal of Net Neutrality, political content not in line…

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Social Action 104: Intro to Community Organizing 6/7/18 #MacroSW

By Rachel L. West
Join #MacroSW on June 7th for Social Action 104: Intro to Community Organizing. Chat partner Rachel West (@poliSW) will host. The chat starts at 9:00 PM EST/6:00 PM PST.

This is the fourth chat is the Social Action series. This chat will provide an overview of community organizing, touching on community organizing theory and types of organizing.

Questions:

Q1: What is community organizing?

Q2: What does being a facilitator and coordinator mean?

Q3: What theories and perspectives is community organizing theory born out of?

Q4: What are 4 types of community organizing?

Resources:

Center for Community Health and Development. (2018). Chapter 1: Section 8. Some

Lessons Learned on Community Organization and Change, Retrieved from The

Community Tool Box: http://bit.ly/2xC2Kxw

Rothman’s Three Models of Community Organizing. (n.d.). Retrieved from

http://www.calgary.ca/CSPS/CNS/Pages/Publications-guides-and-directories/Community-Assessment-Handbook/Rothman%27s-Three-Models-of-Community-Organizing.aspx

Spangler, B. (2003, June). Coalition Building. Retrieved from

http://www.beyondintractability.org/essay/coalition-building

Photo Credit: By Rdmsf01 – Own work…

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THE TALE Movie Discussion (HBO) – #MacroSW 5/24 at 9pm EST

THE TALE posterThis week’s chat discusses THE TALE, a film that explores sexual exploitation and premieres on HBO on May 26 at 10PM EST. We are very exited to work with NASW and HBO for this chat. To enhance the viewing experience, sign up to receive free discussion guides and materials here!  NASW will also feature THE TALE at 2018 National Conference in June.

8Here is background on THE TALE: Can our memories mislead us? Does the mind unconsciously reframe the truth to make it palatable? Jennifer Fox (Laura Dern) faces a host of life-altering questions after a short story from her middle school days forces her to re-examine her first sexual relationship and the stories we tell ourselves in order to survive.

An accomplished documentarian working in New York, Jennifer is completing her latest project, about the lives of women around the world. She receives a series of…

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#MacroSW Chat 5/17/2018: Trauma Informed Care in Your Community

The semester may be over…but #MacroSW doesn’t stop.

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For our May 17th chat, we will be talking about Trauma Informed Care in Your Community.  As many of us are aware, there is a clear link between childhood adversity and poor health outcomes.  In this chat, we will discuss the ACEs study, how trauma and adversity impacts our communities, and what can be done to help individuals and communities heal and thrive.

The topic of trauma informed care recently received national attention through a segment on 60 Minutes.  You can view the segment here:
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/oprah-winfrey-treating-childhood-trauma/

SaintA was one of the organizations featured on the segment and have provided some thoughts on next steps in this blog post:
http://sainta.org/call-to-care-next-steps

Our host will be #MacroSW Contributor Rachel Castillo (@SocialWorkComm) with guest Tim Grove (@TGSaintARC).  In addition, SaintA will be joining in on the chat. (@SaintAorg)

Our #MacroSW…

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#MacroSW Chat 5/10/2018: Social Work is a Robot-Proof Career

Social Work, Technology

A McKinsey study in November 2017 stated technology could replace up to 375 million employees worldwide by 2030. Jobs in the social work profession won’t necessarily be caught up in the automation movement.

As newly minted MSWs charge into the workplace after graduation this spring, they can be assured a secure place in the current job market.  Although technology may be shifting and disrupting how social work practice is operationalized, this McKinsey study also shared that careers which rely on empathy or creativity at work can expect to have job security. The social work profession is perfectly positioned for the long haul.

Join us on Thursday, May 10 at 9 p.m. Eastern (6 p.m. Pacific) for the #MacroSW chat to discuss the staying power of our profession and how we will continue to incorporate technology into our practice.

If you saw the movie Hidden Figures about the African American women…

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New publication in the NonProft Quarterly: Why we have to social work this

Here’s a new publication! Thanks to my colleagues in the #MacroSW Collaboration, 

Source: #MacroSW Collaboration (2018, May 4). Why we have to social work this. NonProfit Quarterly. Retrieved: https://nonprofitquarterly.org/2018/05/03/voices-field-social-work/