#MacroSW for 9/20/2018: Social work in these trying times.

Tonight on Twitter, #MacroSW will discuss social work in these trying times.

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As social workers, we know all too well the demands of our daily work.  We also know the importance of keeping ourselves informed of our world, from the local community to national and global events and conflicts. Factor in the rapid flow of information, where the news cycle is compressed ever more tightly, and we find ourselves working with multiple levels constantly, from micro-systems to macro-level policy.

In these trying times, it feels as if we need to be engaged multiple times a day at all levels.  For example, a social worker may be addressing multiple emergent needs at an agency (putting out fires) while providing expert testimony to a state legislator, while following the latest federal policy initiative announced this morning (one that could have a detrimental effect in the long-term if a campaign to respond isn’t started right away).

#Selfcare is important. Perhaps the framing here is different…

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#MacroSW Chat for 9/13/18: Social Work and Building Tech Futures for Black Students, with Guest Expert @SistahWilson

I’ll be facilitating this week’s #MacroSW chat on Thursday.

Social work and building

This week’s chat will feature Fallon Wilson, Ph.D. To prepare, please read the article below and consider these discussion questions:

  1. What are your dreams for black students in social work?
  2. Do you think social work and technology can help solve the STEM racial disparities for black students?
  3. Should we build tech pathways for black students through the profession of social work?
  4. Are schools of social work training students to understand how technology is shaping social inequalities (e.g. Racism, Poverty, etc)?
  5. What must change within the discipline and profession of Social Work to make this a reality for all students including black students?
  6. Should we teach courses about govtech and civic tech in social work schools?

The following article originally appeared on Medium.

On Changing Winds: Social Work & Building Tech Futures for Black Students

Fallon Wilson, Ph.D.

“We have a powerful potential in our youth, and we must have the…

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Navigating Systems: Homelessness 9/6/18

The first #MacroSW chat is this Thursday.

Sept 6 MacroSW Promo

For the September 6th Twitter chat, we will be talking about homelessness.

Homelessness has existed in societies in the U.S. and abroad for centuries. In the U.S., however, the size and scope of homelessness over the last 30-40 years is unprecedented. On a single night in January of 2017, more than 500,000 people were experiencing homelessness. In fact, in 2017, homelessness increased for the first time in seven years, driven primarily by increases in large city centers.

Following are some key statistics about homelessness in the U.S. according to the 2017 Annual Homelessness Assessment Report to Congress:

  • Most people (65%) were staying in a shelter or transitional living setting while the rest were living unsheltered, such as sleeping on streets, in parks, and in cars.
  • One-third (33%) of people experiencing homelessness did so as part of a family, and roughly one-fifth (21%) of people experiencing homelessness were children under the…

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Social Action 105: Radical Community Organizing

By Rachel L. West

Given the current political clement and the socio-economic reality many people in the US are facing, I figured now would be a good time for us to take a look at radical community organizing. This topic ties in with last week’s chat on Social work leadership in the face of ethical policy conflicts. This chat will be the 5th installment in our social action series.

Reisch (2013, p. 362) defined radical community organizing as a “form of community practice that encompasses a dynamic set of theories, goals, ideologies, values, strategies, and tactics that seek to achieve a more egalitarian, open, and socially just world through the creation of fundamental structural, institutional, ideological, attitudinal, and behavioral changes in communities, societies and individuals.”

The chat will explore the theories radical community organizing is built upon and strategies that have been used.

Questions:

Q1: What is radical…

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#MacroSW chat for 7/12/2018 at 9 pm Eastern: Social work leadership in the face of ethical policy conflicts.

I’ll be hosting the #MacroSW chat this Thursday

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When Chief of Staff John Kelley was interviewed by NPR last year, this policy was referenced, “They’ll be put into foster care….or something”.  The quote went viral.

As social workers, we may detect a few layers of implied meaning in this statement. First: In this instance, social work practice is presumed to function as a mere cog to further larger policy goals. Second:  those policy goals run counter to ethical practice. Third: that these policy goals may not be deeply considered (the “or something” in this statement). Foster care is a part of a complex system of child and family support, not an ends to a means (in this case, attempt to deter immigration by breaking families apart).
Earlier this summer, our #MacroSW chat focused on the ongoing crisis of U.S. Immigration Policy. Specifically, we discussed the humanitarian crisis of separating children from their families. Regardless of political affiliation…

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Summer Reading: The Best in Social Work-Inclusive Books and Films: #MacroSW Chat June 28, 2018

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Read any good books lately?

Seen any good movies?

Going to finally peruse that text you’re considering for use in your Macro Social Work course?

What have you read or viewed that reflects our values of social justice, service, respect for the dignity and worth of every person, or the importance of healthy relationships?

For this chat, we’ll share our favorite books both literary and academic, movies, and more!

What is your “best of”?

Please suggest books, movies, blogs, podcasts, interviews, text books or that outstanding academic article that all macro social workers should read  – where a character is a social worker, or that reflects any aspect of social work.

We’ll  gather all your recommendations, and publish it here. Please join host and #MacroSW partner Pat Shelly from @UBSSW on Thursday!

Here’s one suggestion:

film poster of woman and child under a tree.

2018 Oscar for Best Live Action Short Film: The Silent Child (2017) 22 minutes.

The…

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#MacroSW chat 6/14/2018: The end of Net Neutrality, and how social work may be impacted

The End of Net Neutrality_How will Social Work beImpacted_.pngFor this chat, we’ll look at the current state of Net Neutrality, and how social workers may be impacted.

Since 2015, the Federal Communication Commission had regulations in place to keep the internet from being anything more than a utility. On June 11, the repeal of Net Neutrality takes effect. This chat will focus on where we are now, and how social workers and the people we serve may be affected.

Why is this an issue? One perspective: only a very small number of telecommunications companies operate broadband service in the United States. This affords these companies a lot of power to handle and manipulate data as it flows through the infrastructure they control. The ACLU lists a few examples of how these companies have manipulated and censored political content prior to the establishment of Net Neutrality. After the repeal of Net Neutrality, political content not in line…

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