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Macro Social Work Practice Ethics: #MacroSW Twitter Chat 11/19 at 9pm EST

November 16, 2015

hamccabeSocial workers are often asked to consider the ethics of working with their clients in a therapeutic relationship. Here we will discuss the implications of ethics working along the full continuum of social work – from micro to macro. Most have heard about ethical issues like Confidentiality, Dual Relationships, and Sexual Relationships. How do ethics look when working with communities? What ethical obligations do social workers have to work for social justice when working one on one with clients?

We will explore how practitioners and students view ethical obligations around macro practice and social justice issues. Our guest expert is Heather McCabeAssistant Professor of Social Work at Indiana University.  She served as a medical social worker at a pediatric tertiary 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.

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?


  • 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.
  • Rome, S.H.,Hoechstetter, S., and Wolf-Branigin, M. (2010). Pushing the envelope: Empowering clients through political action. Journal of Policy Practice, 9(3-4), 201-219.
  • Rome, S.H. (2009). Value inventory for policy advocacy. In E.P Congress, P.N. Black, and K. Strom-Gottfried (Eds.) Teaching Social Work Values and Ethics. Alexandria, VA: Council on Social Work Education.

About us:

#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 our FAQs. For chat schedule and chat archives check out:

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SPOTLIGHT – Expanded Theater Listings, New Featurette & Clips Available #SpotlightMovie

November 11, 2015

spotlight_xxlgI saw the movie Spotlight last week and was so impressed with this film, I spent the next day rereading some of the actual Spotlight coverage and testimonials from survivors of those who were abused by priests. I remember when the first article came out here in Boston and how shocking it was. I was sent some additional material from the film and am happy to share and hope others are inspired to both see this important film and take action for survivors:

Starring Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber, John Slattery, Brian d’Arcy James and Stanley Tucci, SPOTLIGHT tells the riveting true story of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Boston Globe investigation that would rock the city and cause a crisis in one of the world’s oldest and most trusted institutions. When the newspaper’s tenacious “Spotlight” team of reporters delves into allegations of abuse in the Catholic Church, their year-long investigation uncovers a decades-long cover-up at the highest levels of Boston’s religious, legal, and government establishment, touching off a wave of revelations around the world. Directed by Academy Award-nominee Tom McCarthy, SPOTLIGHT is a tense investigative dramatic-thriller, tracing the steps to one of the biggest cover-ups in modern times.
Go behind the scenes of SPOTLIGHT in this brand new featurette, and be sure to check out the newly released clips from the film — available below!  Starring Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams, John Slattery, Liev Schrieber, Brian D’Arcy James, Stanley Tucci and Billy Crudup, SPOTLIGHT tells the riveting true story of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Boston Globe investigation that would rock the city and cause a crisis in one of the world’s oldest and most trusted institutions. Directed by Academy Award-nominee Thomas McCarthy, SPOTLIGHT is a tense investigative thriller, tracing the steps to one of the biggest crime stories in modern times.
Here is a new featurette:


Here are some film clips:




SPOTLIGHT is now playing in select theaters and expanding across the nation throughout the following weeks.  Check out this link for a complete list of theaters, which will continue to be updated:

SPOTLIGHT Official Social Channels:

#MacroSW Chat November 12: A Social Entrepreneurial Approach to Supporting Veterans

November 10, 2015

Join us for #MacroSW Twitter chat, A Social Entrepreneurial Approach to Supporting Veterans, on Thursday, November 12 at 9 pm EST (6 pm Pacific) with guests from MTI Integrated Business Development, Inc. (@MTIIBD), Wendell J. Knight, LMSW, CSWM, Chief Executive Officer and Noel Dunn, Veteran and Veteran’s Greenhouse Manager.

Veterans and service members face many challenges ranging from mental health and substance use disorders to unemployment and readjustment to civilian life after service. Now more than ever we need to look for solutions that can have the greatest impact in our work with veterans and many other populations. Social entrepreneurship has emerged in recent decades as a self-sustaining approach to addressing social problems. This mix of profitable enterprise and an entity that can enact social change has shown promise. Social workers have the skills and can be at the forefront of creating social enterprises to positively impact our communities.

On this chat we will feature MTI Integrated Business Development, Inc. as an example of how social entrepreneurship is meeting the needs of veterans, specifically around employment and work readiness. We’ll also discuss veterans’ unique needs and explore how social workers can apply social entrepreneurship in our work.

Source: #MacroSW Chat November 12: A Social Entrepreneurial Approach to Supporting Veterans

Integrating Theory and Practice: Meaningful Technology-Mediated Assignments for Real-World Learning

October 17, 2015

Here is information on the panel I will be participating in at CSWE. It is called: Integrating Theory and Practice: Meaningful Technology-Mediated Assignments for Real-World Learning. 

To get there, follow directions to the fitness center. It is NOT accessible by easy to find elevators in the Tower building. I found it by going to the main lobby and going outside. Look for the soup place across the street, and go to the door to the right:

The entrance is directly below the walking concourse. Here is the door with people walking through it:


Once inside, go to the fitness center:


Take these escalators down a level. Then take the next escalator down a level. Vail is around the corner! 

Inequality for All: Student-Focused #MacroSW Twitter Chat on 10/8/15

October 2, 2015

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Inequality for allSocial work students from across the country are welcome to participate in a student-focused Twitter Chat about income equality.  Join us for a live, interactive event in which social work professors Jimmy Young, of the California State University San Marcos, and Laurel Hitchcock, of the University of Alabama at Birmingham, will facilitate a live discussion about the documentary film Inequality for All on Thursday, October 8th at 9 p.m. EST (6 p.m. PST).

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to connect with social work students, educators and practitioners from around the world. To participate:

  1. Watch the documentary Inequality for All. Your instructor may ask you to write a brief statement about your reaction to the movie.
  2. Participate in the live Twitter chat using the hashtag #MacroSW. Tweet any questions or responses directed to the moderators and social work professors Jimmy Young (@JimmySW) and Laurel Hitchcock (@laurelhitchcock). Include #MacroSW in all…

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Baltimore & Beyond: #MacroSW Twitter Chat 10/1 at 9pm EST

September 30, 2015

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1428428077Join our conversation on Baltimore and Beyond this Thursday, October 1st 9pm EST at Twitter hashtag #MacroSW. Our guest will be Dr. Tanya Sharpe. Tanya L. Sharpe, MSW, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor at the University of Maryland, School of Social Work, Baltimore. She has extensive training and interdisciplinary practice experience related to social work and public health approaches to addressing community violence and victimization. Dr. Sharpe’s research and practice is focused on identifying the coping strategies of African American family members who are surviving the homicide of a loved one. She has developed a comprehensive Model of Coping for African American Survivors of Homicide Victims (MCAASHV) (Sharpe, 2015) that has informed culturally appropriate interventions and best practices that support African American survivors of homicide victims throughout their process of grief and bereavement.

Chat questions:

  1. Describe your experience in Baltimore.
  2. How do we move from a moment in…

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Assessment and Evaluation of SW Macro Practice Skills: Practice Wisdom From the Field #MacroSW Twitter Chat 9-24-2015

September 23, 2015

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Join in on this week’s #MacroSW Twitter chat as Rachel West and Sunya Folayan co-host this chat hosted at the beginning of the academic year as new learning agreements are developed in schools of social work around the country.

Today’s increasingly evidence- based climate reflects a shift in social work education that is driven by many complex sociopolitical factors affecting the profession. Field education for Macro practice competencies are defined as complex behaviors that reflect student’s integration and analysis of knowledge, values and practice skills (CSWE). Scholarly literature in social work has focused mostly on clinical (micro) practice among most professions including social work (Reheher, Bogo, Donovan, Anstice, & Lim, 2012). Fewer articles address the competencies necessary for community organization, advocacy, legislative and management practice: the historical underpinnings of social work. (Netting, Kettner, & McMurtry, 2008). While the Network for Social Work Managers has developed a…

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