#MarchForOurLives & Social Action with Youth – #MacroSW 5/3 at 9pm EST

image4.jpgJoin us this Thursday as we explore how to work with youth for social action. Our guest expert will be Kim Hokanson, one of the organizers for the #MarchForOurLives event in Boston.

image3Here are questions we will discuss:

  1. What were your goals for the #MarchForOurLives event?
  2. How did you involve youth in this work?
  3. What role did terminology play in planning and organizing the event?
  4. What lessons did you learn from co-planning this event?
  5. What recommendations do you have for others who want to do social activism work with youth?

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#MacroSW chat for 4/26/2018 at 9 p.m. E/8 p.m. Central – End of Semester Happy Hour (open chat)!

(Note: our originally scheduled chat for this week needed to be rescheduled. We will post updates soon.)

 

 

 

As the spring semester comes to a close, social work students are wrapping up their spring assignments, looking to engage in summer activities (maybe more classes, field work, or maybe even… a break? Do we even have that?)

For social work practitioners, the approach of summer can also mean a shift in how they engage in their respective areas of practice. In my own work experience, hospital social work, summer was often referred to as “trauma season”. Summer wasn’t necessarily a break, but a shift in how I focused my skills.

For this week’s chat, let’s take a breath, reflect on where we’ve been, and what path we are taking as we head into the next phase of the year…and our lives.

While this chat will be somewhat student-centric, all…

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Transcending Transphobia: Delivering Affirmative Care ~ #MacroSW Chat April 19, 2018

The trans flag - blue and pink horizontal stripes - with the caduseus (sign for meidcine - two snakes wrapped around a stick - in the middle and words: DO NO HARM _No Rx for discrimination Image: National Center for Transgender Equality

This week, Fae Johnstone @FaeJohnstone (White, Trans, She, They), a trans organizer and consultant from Ottawa, will help us gain a deeper understanding of the complexities of trans identities. Their talk , titled Stepping Up on Queer and Trans Youth Mental Health, is one of two essential resources for this week’s chat.

Please watch the 24-minute video, Stepping Up. In it, Fae explains basic vocabulary (nonbinary, cissexism, gender identity, assigned gender, etc.), plus the extraordinary and depressing statistics on lgbtq youth mental health. They share their own story of walking out the door every day as a queer trans youth.

The second essential resource for this week’s chat is Affirmative Care for Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming People, with practical tips and training resources.

This chat will give you resources on how to support trans clients, and ideas about how we can collectively address the…

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Blog post! #SWDE2018: Day 3 & an attempt at a Twitter summary (in lieu of Storify)

It's over already? For me, The last day of the conference means attempting to get in what I can before flying home. Participants start to exist abruptly, so these things tend to end with hurried goodbyes. Several of my colleagues had to take earlier flights out to catch rerouted flights to avoid a storm. Fortunately,… Continue reading Blog post! #SWDE2018: Day 3 & an attempt at a Twitter summary (in lieu of Storify)

Blog Post! Day 2 #SWDE2018 Conference Notes (4/12/18).

I know this is the same feeling I get every year, but didn't I just get here? It's Friday when I write this summary of Thursday (day 2). I'll write this as best I can without expressing the small sense of sadness of saying goodbye to friends and colleagues, while also the feeling of anticipation… Continue reading Blog Post! Day 2 #SWDE2018 Conference Notes (4/12/18).

Blog post! #SWDE2018 Conference notes, Day 1.

We're back in San Antonio for the 4th annual Social Work Distance Education conference. It's been a beautiful day here, and for many of us, it's been great to see friends and colleagues. I had the pleasure of doing just that, gathering for lunch along the river walk. https://twitter.com/MattheaMarquart/status/984110621955420160 I wrote about #SWDE2017 conference last… Continue reading Blog post! #SWDE2018 Conference notes, Day 1.

#MacroSW 4/12/18 – Home Care Workers in Home and Community Based Services

I’ll be at a conference during this chat, but I hope to attend at least part of the #MacroSW chat on 4/12/18 on Home Care Workers.

P1-BN177_LABORR_P_20130917181139For this week’s chat, we will be talking about the issues facing home care workers who care for older and disabled adults in their homes and communities.

According to the Paraprofessional Health Care Institute (PHI), there are over 2 million home care workers in the US who provide care to older adults and persons with disabilities in community based residential settings.  The demand for home care workers has grown exponentially over the past 10 years and is anticipated to continue to grow, as the population of people over age 65 continues to grow.  Most of these aging adults report a desire to want to age in place at home.

Home care workers in most of the United States are often women (88%), people of color (28% African-American and 21% Hispanic or Latinx), and immigrants (28% born in other countries) (PHI, 2017).  Wages for a home care workers range from $8.46/hr…

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