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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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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Reblog from MacroSW: This week’s #MacroSW chat is 3/8/2018
Social 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:
- Watch the documentary Inequality for All. See below for information on how to access the movie.
- Your instructor may ask you to write a brief statement about your reaction to the movie.
- 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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