For our first Documentary Movie Night, we will be watching Growing Up Trans produced by the PBS’s Frontline. Here is the description of the movie from Frontline:
Just a generation ago, it was adults, not kids, who changed genders. But today, many children are transitioning, too — with new medical options, and at younger and younger ages. In Growing Up Trans, FRONTLINE takes viewers on an intimate and eye-opening journey inside the struggles and choices facing transgender kids and their families.
Here is a link the trailer and the movie (1 hour and 24 minutes): http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/film/growing-up-trans/. You can watch the movie for free.
This movie shows what it is like for children in the US to transition genders from the individual and family perspectives. As you watch the movie, put on your #MacroSW hat and think about some of the policy, research and other macro-level issues that surround the individuals and families in this movie.
Here are the questions we hope to discuss during the chat:
- From the movie, what are some of the challenges for transgendered kids and their parents?
- What are some macro-level approaches to addressing these challenges?
- What do you think is the most important policy issue affecting transgendered children? Why?
- What do you think most Americans don’t realize about children who are transgendered?
- What single word best describes how the film made you feel?
- What’s next? How do we as social workers address the challenges experienced by transgendered children?
#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 weekly on Twitter every Thursday at 9 p.m. EST (6 p.m. PST). Click here for a list of chat partners. For information about how to participate in the #MacroSW chat, view our FAQs. For chat schedule and chat archives check out: http://macrosw.com
As the 2016 election heats up and with the Iowa caucuses right around the corner, join us on Jan. 21 at 9 p.m. EST for this #MacroSW chat for a timely conversation about politics happening right now and the social worker’s role in this election season.
Our participation in the political process is instrumental in creating advocacy efforts and change for our clients. We also have an opportunity to position important policy issues for debate during this election and impact getting the vote out to have our voices heard.
#MacroSW chat will host this discussion periodically to focus on the intersection between politics and social work as a core value of macro practice. Our goal is to keep this non-partisan and we welcome all political points of view.
- What do you think are the most important issues for social work to be addressed this election season? (i.e. immigration, healthcare)
- Did candidates in the recent presidential debates address issues important to your work?
- Are you aware of, or participating in any get out the vote efforts? Please share them.
- What else should social workers be doing to participate in this year’s election?
This week (Jan. 21) let’s reflect on the 42nd anniversary of Roe v. Wade (#ReproJustice) and how participation in the political process made this decision possible and has positively impacted the lives of women in the U.S.
- Statement by the President on the 42nd Anniversary of Roe v. Wade
- What’s Ahead in the Long, Long Road to the 2016 Presidential Election, PBS, November 3, 2015
- Congressional Research Institute for Social Work and Policy (CRISP) Resources and Links
- NASW’s Action Center to Track Legislation and View Election Maps
- Find an NASW Chapter in Your State
- Political Action for Candidate Election (PACE), political action arm of the National Association of Social Workers.
- Courts Are Shaking Up House Elections in 2016, Bloomberg Politics
- Dr. Richard Cloward and the Motor Voter Act
- Rock the Vote to engage young people to vote
- The Political Social Worker Rachel West
Spring Schedule Highlights: We are excited to announce our new weekly chats!
- Grand Challenges for Social Work Theme Nights. In these chats, we will explore the Grand Challenges initiative by the American Academy of Social Work & Social Welfare. Our first Grand Challenge chat will be on 1/14 discussing Building Financial Capability for All.
- #PoliticsNOW. We will be taking a deeper look at policy, politics, and the upcoming Presidential election. Our first #PoliticsNOW chat will be on 1/21.
- Documentary movie nights. Our first movie night will be on 1/28 discussing the film Growing Up Trans.
- Twitter Combination Hashtag event during Social Work Month. March is Social Work Month and we…
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#MacroSW Twitter chat on Social Capital 12/10/15 at 9:00 PM EST.
Source: The Key to Macro Change
Social 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 McCabe, Assistant 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:
- 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.
- 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.
#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).