Social Work Distance Education Conference 2019 #SWDE2019 Pre-Conference Post

This is my third year attempting to capture at least a small part of the #SWDE2019 conference in a series of blog posts. I don't think I will ever crack how to do this "right", but this year I'm doing a few different things: On this blog, I'll post Twitter highlights and a few extra… Continue reading Social Work Distance Education Conference 2019 #SWDE2019 Pre-Conference Post

Travel Social Work: #MacroSW Twitter Chat for 4/4/19 at 9:00 p.m. Eastern

Just a quick reminder that I”ll be moderating tonight’s #MacroSW chat.

For our Twitter chat this Thursday at 9:00 p.m., we’ll host this week’s guest expert, J the Roving Social Worker. J is a travel social worker, a social worker who moves from site to site, sometimes across the country.

Before the chat, get acquainted with travel social work by reading this week’s post!

What is Travel Social Work?

While travel nursing has exist for over 30 years, domestic Travel Social Work appears to have started within the last decade. Like travel nursing, TSW is a distinct workforce within the profession of Social Work. A TSW is hired to work in a Social Work practice setting for a limited amount of time. A traveler is not the same as a temp agency worker, a person who is usually local to the work site. These practice settings can be in a variety of regional settings such as urban, rural, or on Tribal…

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Public Transit and Macro Social Work: A Case Study – #MacroSW Chat Feb. 21, 2019

Here’s this week’s preview of our next #MacrosW chat.

Public transit is a civil right, and intersects with the U.N. Universal Declaration of Human Rights http://www.un.org/en/universal-declaration-human-rights/, especially Articles 22–27. These articles sanction an individual’s economic, social and cultural rights, including healthcare (Article 25) and the right to a job (Article 23). This latter Article, on Workers’ Rights, states that every grown-up has the right to choice in employment, with a fair wage for their work. Yet too often that choice in employment, or access to transportation for healthcare, is limited by poor or nonexistent public transport.

In today’s society, with its ever-growing urban sprawl, or for those with rural residences, or for those who can not afford a car, and for people with disabilities, it is impossible to thrive without reliable transportation. And for many, that means public transportation. We need a healthy, robust public transit system to ensure that everyone can get around, regardless of race, class, disability…

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#MacroSW 2020 Census and the Citizenship Question 2/7/19

Our # MacroSW chat this week will cover the question of Census Questions.

Source: https://www.census.gov/popclock/

Join us to find out what’s at stake in the 2020 Census that will affect you and the people you serve. $800 billion dollars of federal funds annually, the majority of which are for programs that serve under-resourced communities, are distributed based on census results. The 2020 Census will impact health, housing, education, children, and critical infrastructure for the next ten years.

For the first time since 1950 the 2020 Census might include a question about citizenship. In December 2017 the Commerce Department announced the 2020 Census will include the question “Is this person a citizen of the United States?” A federal judge in New York has ordered the Trump administration to stop plans to include the question, but the Supreme Court will be hearing oral arguments regarding a dispute in the use of evidence from the suit. Research by the Census Bureau indicates the citizenship question may…

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2019 State of #MacroSW

Hey everyone! I’m back from winter break, and so is #MacroSW, the project of which I am a partner. I’ll be updating my blog here this spring, and I’ll also continue to cross-post from the MacroSW.com site.

By Rachel L. West

2018 was a big year for #MacroSW and we have an even bigger plan for 2019. We held 39 chat last year. On average 61 individuals participated in the chats (up  63.07% from 2017) with chats averaging 1,735,743 impressions (a 76.21% increase).

In November #MacroSW became a Benefit Corporation in New York State. This will enable us to seek out funding to support #MacroSW’s growth. It was a deliberate process that leads to discussions about #MacroSW’s immediate and long term future. Which brings us to 2019.

Chats start back up the week of January 27th. The Lunch & Learn chats, launched last October, returns on Tuesday, January 29th at 12:00 PM EST. It will be hosted by #MacroSW  Partner Sunya Folayan. Sunya will be leading a discussion on the Advantages of Home-based Business for Macro Social Workers.

The weekly Thursday night chats return January 31st at…

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#MacroSW Thoughts on a Macro Focused DSW Program With Chris Petr

This is the last #MacroSW chat of the year.

Join us Thursday November 29th for the last #MacroSW Twitter chat of 2018. Chris Petr, Ph.D from the University of Kansas will be our guest expert. He has served as the Director of UK’s PhD program at the School of Social Welfare. His practice areas include Policy and practice issues in child mental health and child welfare; family-centered practice; professional-consumer relationship. He is currently gathering information on a possible DSW program with a focus on teaching macro practice. This brings us to out chat topic for Thursday night.

 

What are your thoughts on a DSW Program that focuses on teaching macro practice?

 

Questions:

 

Q1: Do you think there would be a demand for this program?  (We would probably need to enroll 15 per cohort.)

Q2: If yes, would there be more demand for a focus on teaching, or advanced practice, or both?

Q3: If no, what changes…

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New publication: online support for adjunct instructors.

I co-authored an article with Professor Julia Kleinschmit, my colleague at the University of Iowa School of Social Work. We discuss the online hub we built to support our adjunct instructors across multiple centers. The article was published in the journal Professional Development: The International Journal of Social Work Education. Follow the link here: Meet me… Continue reading New publication: online support for adjunct instructors.