#MacroSW Chats return on September 5. Check out the fall schedule.

The fall semester is gearing up. That means #MacroSW, the collaboration I’m a part of, is starting up. Check out our latest post.

the #MacroSW Chats return this fall, every Thurday, starting September 5th.

After our summer break, #MacroSW returns this fall. We have our fall schedule in place. If any changes are made, we’ll update you here and on our socialmediasites. Check out the link below and on our chat schedule page.

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Open Mic Night – #MacroSW chat for 5/23/2019

We know students are taking a much-needed break, so our chat this week is pretty straightforward.

It’s the start of the summer season! Let’s take a breath. #MacroSW wants to hear what’s on your mind!

For this week’s chat, #MacroSW Partner Sunya Folayan will host an open-mic (open-Tweet?) chat. Join us this Thursday, 5/23/2019 at 9:00 p.m. Eastern time.

Some suggestions for our open mic:

  • What topics would you like #MacroSW to feature?
  • Are you a graduate? Where are you headed next?
  • How is your practice going?
  • What’s positive in your life? What’ a struggle?

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 practicefocuses 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 weeklyon Twitter everyThursday at 9 p.m. EST (6 p.m…

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#MacroSW Chat 5/16/2019: Sex Workers and Stigma, Suicide, and Sexual Violence

Our #MacroSW chats return this week. While I won’t be able to attend, I’ll be reviewing the transcripts for the podcast next week.

sex workers, decriminalization, social work, mental health, stigma

Sex workers
are at greater risk to be victims of crime, sexual violence, and mental health
problems because of their work. Stigma and laws criminalizing sex work
influence these risk factors. Prostitution is illegal and the fear of arrest
prevents sex workers from reporting crimes and abuses committed against them. Society’s
views about sex work fuels stigma against sex workers which create injustice, perpetuate
myths, takes away human rights, and affects mental health.

Join us on Thursday, May 16 at 9 p.m. Eastern (6 p.m.
for the #MacroSW chat, Sex Workers and Stigma, Suicide, & Sexual Violence, to discuss
the risks sex workers are exposed to and how social workers can play a role in
supporting people involved in sex work. This
is the second chat in a series on this topic.

Chat Series

April 25: The Fine Line Between Willing and Coerced Sex
Work. Check out the

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#MacroSW Chat 4/25/2019: The Fine Line Between Willing and Coerced Sex Work

Our #MacroSW partner Kristin Battista-Frazee will be hosting the first in a series on sex work for our Thursday night #MacroSW chats.

It was the
late 1970s when The Police released the song Roxanne. Sting’s catchy and wailing hook, “Rooooxxxannneee….you
don’t have to turn on the red light,” pleads in lovesick lyrics that he didn’t
want to share Roxanne with another boy. This
song is a glossed over and somewhat romanticized version of prostitution which
is often called the oldest profession in the world. Media and music’s
depictions about prostitution and sex work have ranged from dark and sinister
to glamorous. And there is a fine line between willing and coerced sex work and
people’s beliefs vary greatly about sex work and its place in society.

Join us on Thursday, April 25 at 9 p.m. Eastern (6 p.m. Pacific) for the #MacroSW chat, The Fine Line Between Willing and Coerced Sex Work, to discuss the difference between willing sex work and human trafficking, tech’s role in sex work, and the social worker’s…

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#SWDE2019 Day 3 Visual Twitter: People really do attend the final sessions here.

Conferences start with large groups committed to learning, and end with individuals scheduling separate rideshares. My conference experiences usually see people giving hugs and quick good-byes, scattered throughout the last twelve hours. Getting assigned the last day to do a presentation usually means a near-empty cavernous room and a feeling of rushed, quiet endings. So… Continue reading #SWDE2019 Day 3 Visual Twitter: People really do attend the final sessions here.

#SWDE2019 Day 1, continued: Blogging the Con.

In earlier versions of my conference blog posts, I'd try to get into the presentations I attended. Twitter and Wakelet have upended that need, and that's good, because at their best, those platforms simply allow people to crowdsource. That's what I am trying to do here: aggregating. I am hoping to get a decent crowdsourcing… Continue reading #SWDE2019 Day 1, continued: Blogging the Con.