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Top 12 Posts of 2013

By Rachel L. West
The Political Social Worker

Hard to believe but 2013 is quickly fading away. With only a few weeks left to the year I thought it would be a good time to take a look back. 2013 was a year of growth for this blog. We started the year off by moving to a self hosted site. Traffic continued to grow. Since the summer The Political Social Worker is averaging more than 7,000 visits per month.

Below is a list of the top 12 post of 2013. Thank you everyone who has supported this site. Wishing all a happy and healthy New Year.

1. Job Search for a Macro Social Worker 

This article is my favorite. It originated from one of the first post I ever wrote for the Tumblr blog. This is an ongoing series that I will continue to add to. On a side note I am working on turning this series into a workshop.

2. Pros and Cons: Social Work Versatility 

3. Social Work and Social Media 

The popularity of this one surprised me. I think this is going to continue to be a hot topic for social work moving forward. This year’s CSWE annual program meeting featured a workshop on using social media in social work education. Dr. Laurel Hitchcock and Dr. Jimmy Young presented the workshop. You learn more about it here. Additionally there where many other social workers who wrote about this topic.  Some from the perspective that being social media savvy was part of being culturally competent other from the view-point that social workers need to use social media in order to be more marketable to employers.

4. 7 Must Follow Social Workers on Twitter 

I will be doing a new list for 2014.

5. Continuing Education to Become Mandatory for NYS Social Workers

We are still uncertain how this law will impact macro social workers. My main worry if they decide that this applies to macro social workers is that there are next to zero continuing education classes geared towards community practitioners.  The overwhelming majority of continuing education courses are aimed at clinical social workers and those working in mental health.

6. Social Works Visibility Problem 

I am happy to see more social workers blogging but we still have much more work to do to improve our visibility.

7. Social Work Must be Political

Social workers need to be involved in the political and public policy process.

8. Over 4,000 Miles and Counting

This was written by Andrew Calderaro, a representative of the Macro Social Work Student Network.  If you are a social work student interested in community practice or a professor teaching macro courses you should visit MSWSN’s website.

9. Becoming a Political Social Worker

10. Advocating for Macro Social Work

11. Top 5 Tumblr Blogs

I will be making a new list for 2014.

12. Radical Social Work: Must Watch Discussion 



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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