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Common Ground Shared by Micro and Macro

By Rachel L. West
Advocacy & Community Outreach Consultant

On Thursday April 23rd #MacroSW Twitter Chat will explore the common ground shared by micro and macro practice. Our Advocates, Ourselves: Building Micro Macro Common Ground will explore the commonalities shared by micro and macro practice and how clinical and community practice social workers can work together on varies issues. Chat questions and resources are listed below, at the end of this post.

Karen Zgoda, MSW, LCSW (@karenzgoda) will host the chat. Karen will be joined by Michael Brooks, MSW, BCD (@acswa), the Director of Policy and Business Development for the Center for Clinical Social Work. The Center is the parent organization for the American Board of Examiners in Clinical Social Work, which issues the Board Certified diplomat Credential in Clinical Social Work (ABE), and the American Clinical Social Work Association (ACSWA), the first online, social media-based association for clinical social work.

#MacroSW is a collaboration of social workers, organizations, social work schools, and individuals working to promote macro social work practice. Macro social work practice focuses on changing larger systems, such as communities and organizations. It encompasses a broad spectrum of actions and ideas, ranging from community organizing and education to legislative advocacy and policy analysis. The chats are held bimonthly on Twitter on the second and fourth Thursday of each month at 9 p.m. EST (6 p.m. PST). For more information, chat schedule, and chat archives check out: https://macrosw.wordpress.com. Collaboration partners are:

  • Association for Community Organization and Social Administration (ACOSA) (@acosaorg)
  • Karen Zgoda, MSW, LCSW, Instructor of Social Work at Bridgewater State University (@karenzgoda)
  • Network for Social Work Management (NSWM) (@TheNSWM)
  • Rachel L. West, MSW, LMSW, The Political Social Worker  (@poliSW)
  • University at Buffalo School of Social Work (@ubssw)
  • University of Southern California School of Social Work (@mswatusc)
  • 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)

Question for the April 23rd Chat:

  1. True or false – splitting social work practice into micro and macro practice is a good idea.
  2. How can macro practice social workers inform clinical social workers about the importance of being involved with policy and how it can directly affect their practice?
  3. How can macro practice social workers help clinicians become more involved in advocacy? Why this is important?
  4. How can clinical social workers best participate in policy actions (i.e. ACA, Medicare rates, Medicaid funding, rate reimbursement) to enable better clinical work to happen in communities?
  5. How can CSWs inform macro practice SWs about the effects of policy on day-to-day practice?
  6. How can clinicians and macro focused social workers help primary care and mental health treatment integration happen more effectively?
  7. How can macro and micro social work practice be integrated more effectively, both in practice and academia?

Resources for the Chat:

One of the services I provide as a consultant is informing clinicians about how to integrate aspects of macro practice into their work. For more information you can call me at 631-615-1709 or fill out a contact form on the Rachel L. West Consulting page. 

Photo Credit: By ÁWá (Own work) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/)], via Wikimedia Commons

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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