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:
- Do you think about the NASW Code of Ethics applying to community organizing, policy practice, advocacy? If so, how?
- If you see multiple clients with the same systemic issue, do you have any ethical obligation to address the issue?
- What types of bills do you see as impacting your clients? What responsibility to you have to advocate for/educate about them?
- Do you advocate for policy in your day-to-day work? Give an example.
- How do we continue encouraging social workers to see practice as a continuum, which includes macro practice?
- Reisch, M. & Lowe, J.I. (2000). “Of means and ends” revisited: Teaching ethical community organizing in an unethical society.Journal of Community Practice, 7(1), 19-38.
- Hardina, D. (2000). Guidelines for ethical practice in community organization. Social Work, 49(4), 595-604.
- Harrington, D., & Dolgoff, R. (2008). Hierarchies of Ethical Principles for Ethical Decision Making in Social Work. Ethics and Social Welfare, 2(2), 183–196. doi:10.1080/17496530802117680
- National Association of Social Workers. (2008). Code of ethics of the National Association of Social Workers. Washington, DC: NASW Press.
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).