Innovating Gang Violence Prevention Through Social Media – #MacroSW Chat 11-16-17

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Our guest expert this week is Desmond Upton Patton, Ph.D., who will discuss how analyzing Twitter data (through digital qualitative research) can help us understand how social media communications –around grief, trauma, or love– can lead to off-line gun violence.

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Using data sets from Chicago, he hopes his research will help prevent murders and provide insight into healthy ways to intervene and cope with trauma. The participation of youth as translators of the tweets – telling the story within the story – help social workers identify moments that are prime for intervention. As an introduction to this chat’s topic, please watch this 12-minute video, a 2017 Ted X Broadway Talk by Dr. Patton:

They Are Children: How Posts on Social Media Lead to Gang Violence

“While social media often portrays a curated version of people’s lives, it can also help tell a more complete…

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#MacroSW Chat for 11/9/2017: The MacroSW Protest Song Playlist

#MacroSW chat for 11/9/2017: The MacroSW Protest Song Playlist

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In the spring of 2017, the #MacroSW Protest Song Playlist was born. Chat participants were asked to name their favorite protest songs. A short list was compiled based on the suggestions, and the original playlist was shared to the group, using the #MacroSW’s YouTube account as the platform.

Since that chat, suggestions on songs to add to the list have been solicited through Twitter. Since this spring, the list has grown to nearly 30 songs. The mix is eclectic, the songs ranging from the 1960s (Bob Dylan) through current day (Eminem).

Here’s the list as of this week (click the upper left corner of the YouTube window to reveal the playlist):

So, what constitutes a protest song? On the surface, this seems straightforward enough: A topical song with a focus on social justice and social change. However, a seemingly simple definition comes with…

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#MacroSW Chat 11/2/2017: Exploring the Image and Burn-Out of the Child Welfare Worker

#MacroSW Twitter chat for 11/2/2017: Exploring the Image and Burn-Out of the Child Welfare Worker

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Child_Adult_HandThe words “child welfare” can bring various reactions from members of a community with most being negative in nature. It can inspire hate, fear, and frustration. But why is this?

Child welfare, mostly associated with child protective services, has the primary goal of ensuring the safety, permanency, and well-being of children and families. If it is determined that abuse or neglect has occurred, caseworkers help parents or caregivers address those issues by providing referrals to treatment, emergency housing, parenting classes and other support.

Join us on Thursday, November 2, at 9 p.m. Eastern (6 p.m. Pacific) for the #MacroSW chat with contributor Niara Morrow (@SWMorrow), an intake caseworker at Job and Family Services in Cincinnati and recent MSW graduate from the University of Cincinnati, to explore the public image of the child protective services and discuss ways we can change opinions about the child welfare worker.

Additionally, we will discuss…

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