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An Introduction to Macro Social Work

By Rachel L. West
Advocacy & Community Outreach Consultant

This summer Online MSW Programs interviewed me for the Introductory Guide to Macro Social Work Practice.

In the interview I talk about advocacy and community outreach, this blog, #MacroSW Twitter Chats, as well as my consultancy practice. I have included a few snippets below. You can read the entire interview here. I want to thank Katie Louie and Online MSW Programs for reaching out to me.

What drew me to social work:

What drew me into social work was its focus on human rights and advocacy work. Half way through the first semester I knew that clinical wasn’t the way I wanted to go. I was very interested in policy and community organizing work.

On the need for social work to embrace technology:

Social Workers should be well versed in social media. Nancy Smyth (from University at Buffalo School of Social Work) made the argument that social media should be viewed as part of cultural competency. So even for those who are clinically focused, it is important to understand social media because your clients are using it. It is having an increased impact on people’s lives. Teenagers are using it to seek out peer support.

If you would like to know more about my services I can be reached by phone at 631-615-1709. You can also submit the contact form found on this blog. In addition to coaching and nonprofit consultation I am also offer workshops related to macro social work careers, advocacy, and social media.


Posted by Rachel L. West

In addition to being the founder of The Political Social Worker blog, I am a consultant. My consulting practice offers advocacy and community outreach solutions to nonprofits, social good organizations, and private practitioners. Additionally, I offer career coaching to macro social work students and professionals.

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