#Macrosw Holiday Open Mic Night December 14, 2017

Our last #MaroSW chat is an open mic! Check it out this Thursday.

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2017.

What a year!  For most of us, it’s been a year unlike any other. We have been challenged to #resist social injustice, holding on tightly to our professional values in the midst of unsettling social change. Time has flown quickly, and some of us are feeling a little battle weary.  Our #macrosw chat team marched in Washington, and we invited Donald Trump (via Tweet, of course)  to address some of our concerns  concerning the wellbeing of this nation.  Most of us have managed to maintain sometimes stressful interpersonal relationships with family and friends who may have different social and political perspectives.  Here at #macrosw we have continued dialogue with members of our profession as well as allied collaborators on relevant topics of the day. We wind down 2017, tired, sometimes frustrated about the condition of our world, yet energized and hopeful about the year to come.  Our nation needs our work and…

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#MacroSW: Social Action Series Starts 12/7/17

This week’s #MacroSW chat will be the first in a series covering social action. Read the full posting below (or head over to macrosw.com for all the details including how to participate in one of our chats. See you Thursday!

By Rachel L. West

The first part of a new series of chats on social action will take place this Thursday, December 7th at 9:00 PM EST/6:00 PM PST. The series will be hosted by Rachel L. West (@poliSW). The series will examine what social action is, it’s role in social work, creating a personal and shared vision, social action planning, community assessment and mobilizing, and tactics.

Questions for Social Action 101:

Q1: What is social action?

Q2: In social work, how do we define community?

Q3a: What community/communities do you belong to?

Q3b: Thinking of a community you are a member of, what problems exist in that community?

Q3c: What is your personal vision for that community?

Q4: How can you go about turning your personal vision into a shared vision?

Resources:

Rabinowitz, P. (2017). Social Action. In Community Tool Box (Chapter 5). Retrieved from

http://ctb.ku.edu/en/table-of-contents/assessment/promotion-strategies/systems-

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

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

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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#APM17, I’m headed your way.

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I’m planning to attend the 2017 Council of Social Work Education Annual Program in Dallas. This is my fourth APM, and once again, I’m grateful for the opportunity to connect with and learn from colleagues across the spectrum of social work practice and education.

I’ll be participating in two presentations:

  • The licensure exam: development and evaluation of a synchronous group intervention.” (Sunday, October 22, 7:30 a.m.) Students in my program express anxiety over the pending licensing exam, as it impacts their ability to transition to professional engagement after graduating. I developed an entirely online, synchronous seminar that reviews and deconstructs test items provided by the ASWB as part of their group study package. While our school’s pass rates are high, I was interested in finding out of the sessions impacted students’ anxiety about the exam. Professor Carol Coohey and I will present on the intervention design and results from the study. ( 7:30 a.m….bring coffee.)
  • “Pioneering the Grand Challenges on Social Media as Macro Practice.” (Saturday, October 21, 2:00 p.m.) This presentation is summarized in this blog post, on MacroSW.com. If you aren’t familiar with #MacroSW, check out the About page. Also, check out the topic for this Thursday’s chat here. If you are attending the conference in Dallas, follow both the #MacroSW and #APM17…we are planning to have a meetup to join in the Twitter chat at 9 p.m. Eastern/8 p.m. Central (Dallas is included in the Central Time zone…yes, I had to look it up).

 

I’ll be blogging throughout the conference, mostly as a way to capture the environment and overall experience. I can be found here and at @spcummings on Twitter.