Macro Matters: 20% by 2020
By Rachel L. West
Advocacy & Community Outreach Consultant
The Special Commission to Advance Macro Practice in Social Work is calling on the CSWE and other social work organizations to make a commitment to macro practice. Current data shows only 9-10% of social work students plan to pursue macro practice. The commission wants to raise that number to 20% by 2020.
As Michael Reisch pointed out in his eloquent essay, macro is an important component of social work practice.
It pushes the boundaries of the profession by fostering a “big picture” perspective that enables social workers and society as a whole to analyze people’s issues “outside the box” and focus on the prevention of problems, not merely their amelioration. Macro practice explicitly embodies social work’s commitment to social justice and social change by promoting structural solutions to systemic inequalities and various forms of oppression that go beyond individual adaptation and resilience.
The Rothman report brought to light serious concerns that if not dealt with endanger the future of macro practice.
On Thursday November 5th #MacroSW Twitter Chats will discuss the work of the Special Commission to Advance Macro Practice in Social Work and the 20% by 2020 initiative. The chat starts at 9:00 PM EST. I will host the chat from @acosaorg account.
Before the chat please read the following:
Why Macro Practice Matters
By Michael Reisch, University of Maryland
#MacroSW Chat partners include:
- Association for Community Organizing and Social Administration (ACOSA), @acosaorg
- Karen Zgoda, MSW, LCSW, Instructor of Social Work at Bridgewater State University, @karenzgoda
- Rachel West, The Political Social Worker, @poliSW
- University at Buffalo School of Social Work, @ubssw
- Sunya Folayan, MSW, ACSW, founder/executive director, The Empowerment Project, Inc., @SunyaFolayan
- Laurel Hitchcock, PhD, Assistant Professor of Social Work, University of Alabama at Birmingham,@Laurelhitchcock
- Kristin Battista-Frazee, MSW, Author and Marketing Consultant, @porndaughter
In addition to the active partners above, founding chat partners include:
- Deona Hooper, Editor in Chief and Founder of Social Work Helper(@swhelpercom), @deonahooper
- University of Southern California School of Social Work, @mswatusc
- Network for Social Work Management (NSWM), @TheNSWM