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18
Nov

Ethics in Macro Social Work

By Rachel L. West
Advocacy & Community Outreach Consultant

Something that has always frustrated me that any time I attend a class or read an article of social work ethics it always fails to address issues unique to community practice. On Thursday November 19th at 9:00 PM EST #MacroSW Twitter chats will welcome guest expert Heather McCabe to talk about macro social work practice ethics. The chat will explore how practitioners and students view ethical obligations around macro practice and social justice issues.

Questions to be explored:

  1. Do you think about the NASW Code of Ethics applying to community organizing, policy practice, advocacy? If so, how?
  2. If you see multiple clients with the same systemic issue, do you have any ethical obligation to address the issue?
  3. What types of bills do you see as impacting your clients? What responsibility to you have to advocate for/educate about them?
  4. Do you advocate for policy in your day-to-day work? Give an example.
  5. How do we continue encouraging social workers to see practice as a continuum, which includes macro practice?

Chat Resources:

Heather McCabe served as a medical social worker at a pediatric care hospital for several years before returning to school for her law degree.  She also served as the Director of the Public Health Law Program  and then Executive Director for the Hall Center for Law and Health at the IU School of Law – Indianapolis before coming to her current position.  Professor McCabe’s research is primarily in the areas of public health, health policy, health disparities, health reform, and disability related policy.  She is particularly interested in exploring the effects of multidisciplinary education and collaboration in her 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 information about how to participate in the #MacroSW chat, view the FAQs section on the #MacroSW blog. For chat schedule, and chat archives check out:https://macrosw.wordpress.com.

photo credit: winnifredxoxo via photopin cc

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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