Becoming a Political Social Worker
By Rachel L. West
Advocacy & Community Outreach Consultant
The Political Social Worker offers career development coaching specific to community practice work. You can learn more at this link.
Many readers stumble upon The Political Social Worker blog when looking for information about social work and politics. Some of the search terms used to find this blog include:
- social workers role in politics
- political social worker
- social work political advocacy groups
- MSW politician
- political social work programs
- political stances with social work
- politics in social work
The list goes on and on. Occasionally I receive an email from a student or new social worker asking about how they can become involved in politics. Unfortunately there is a lack of information out there about community practice, particularly when it comes to political social work.
Recently Deona Hooper shared a report that she initiated when interning for NC-NASW, The Odd Couple? Social Work and Politics in North Carolina (Click here Social Work and Politics in NC). This is a great resource for social workers looking to find out about how to get involved in politics. Even though the interviewees are from North Carolina much of what they share can be applied to social workers living in other states.
By USDA photo by Scott Bauer (United States Department of Agriculture) [Public domain]