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#MacroSW Twitter Chat 6/12/14: Use of Social Media in Macro Social Work

By Rachel L. West
Advocacy Consultant

The Role of Social Media in Macro Social Work Practice

#MacroSW chats returns this Thursday at 9:00 PM EST. This week the live Twitter chat will be moderated by the Macro Social Work Student Network (MSWSN) @MSWSN. The topic will be the role of social media in macro social work practice. The discussion will cover the following:

Questions for Discussion:

1.     1. Do you use social media in your social work practice? What forms of social media have you found most helpful as a macro practitioner?

2.     2. Do you believe it is essential for today’s social workers to develop an Internet presence? Why or why not?

3.     3. What does social media offer social work practitioners that is different than traditional forms of communication? When is it best to use face-to-face communication rather than social media?

4.      4. Should schools of social work incorporate social media into the BSW/MSW curriculum? If so, how can schools incorporate social media training?

5.     5. What ethical issues might arise in the use of social media as a tool for social work practice?

#MacroSW chats is a live Twitter chat the focuses on macro social work practice. It takes place on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month at 9:00 PM EST. The chat is a collaboration between Association of Community Organization and Social Administration (ACOSA), University of Southern California – School of Social Work, the University at Buffalo – School of Social Work, the Macro Social Work Student Network (MSWSN), The Network for Social Work Management (NSWM), and Karen Zgoda, Ph.D candidate at Boston College – School of Social Work.

To participate in the chat use the hashtag #MacroSW. All the chats are archived on Storify.

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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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