Trauma-Informed Care: #MacroSW Twitter Chat 9-10-15

Note: A summary of the chat can be found here

All the new resources mentioned in the chat summary can be found below the list of suggested readings at the end of this post.
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During this September 10th MacroSW Twitter Chat (9pm ET, 6pm PT), we will be focusing on Trauma-Informed Care (TIC) and Social Work.

Knowledge of trauma and its impact, assessment and treatment are essential to the future of social work practice, and social work education.

September 10 is the eve of the 14th anniversary of 9-11, which resulted in trauma to a nation, a city, communities, families and individuals; 9-11  (see #NeverForget_911) joined #OklahomaCityBombing as synonyms for “acts of mass murder by terrorists.”

This is also #SuicidePrevention Week. Trauma is obviously part of what both suicide attempt-survivors and suicide loss-survivors…

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Trauma of Racism Report and Webinar

Trauma of Racism Report and Webina

The McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research recently released a new report entitled, “Facts Matter! Black Lives Matter! The Trauma of Racism.” It offers a new analysis of the cumulative negative impact of racism on the lives of people of color. “Encompassing the emotional, psychological, health, economic, and social effects of multigenerational and historical trauma, trauma of racism relates to the damaging effects of ongoing societal and intra-social-group racial microaggressions, internalized racism, overt racist experiences, discrimination and oppression within the lives of people of color.”

This report contains powerful data that supports advocacy for systems reforms and builds upon McSilver’s earlier work in challenging the structures of power and privilege that hinder social equity. Continuing to shine an empirical light on the consequences of racism, The McSilver Institute will partner with the Community Technical Assistance Center of New York to host a free webinar entitled, “Race and Trauma: Race-based Traumatic Stress and Psychological Injury” on Thursday, May 28

from 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM EST. Complete details and registration are available here. We encourage you to join them.


Career Building Skills for Social Workers: #MacroSW Chat 5/14 9 PM EST

Joy Jones, UAB Career & Professional Development Joy Jones, UAB Career & Professional Development

Melissa Whatley, UAB Career & Professional Development Melissa Whatley, UAB Career & Professional Development

Are you a newly graduated social worker looking for a job? Thinking about going back to graduate school for that MSW? Then join us for a chat with guest experts Melissa Whatley & Joy Jones from the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s (UAB) Career & Professional Development. They will be answering your most pressing questions about searching and interviewing for that first social work job, how to tell your professional story through a resume, and best practices for networking, off-line & online.

We also invite social workers to share their own experiences about finding a social work job, especially a macro position, how they made the decision to go back to graduate school, or their best tip for networking, interviewing or building a resume.

Here is how the chat will work:
Melissa (tweeting from @uabcareerserve

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Advancing Macro Social Work Practice via Technology (#MacroSW)

In December, 2014, our non-profit organization The Empowerment Project became part of a policy making board in our community. A move that strengthens and solidifies our work addressing the effects of food insecurity on mental health, and the connections of food, financial insecurity subsequent to domestic violence. The Empowerment Project is now a decision making member on the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Food Policy Council Expert’s Panel. Our mission is to advocate for policies that build a sustainable, equitable and healthy food system. Goals include enhancing the health of residents of the city and county, strengthen local economy and market opportunities and reducing hunger and food insecurity- good old fashioned Macro social work practice activities. To that end, I am reblogging comments from my personal blog post on WordPress “Textured Conversations”.

Textured Conversations

One of the invaluable resources available to me as I refine and redefine my social work practice has been the Twitter dialogues focusing on elements of macro practice #MacroSW. It’s true, I have abandoned TGIT for the fast paced, information packed and thought provoking commentary of social workers from around the country engaged in critical practice. Indeed, there is a revolution of sorts going on, as social work asserts its’ multi-faceted complexity and reclaims its’ roots via technology. This week, Karen Zgoda (@Karenzgoda) has provided many resources in the link below to engage macro practice discussions for students, and seasoned professionals alike. I’m thrilled to be a part of the #MacroSW Twitterverse, and honored to be part of this team. It’s really wonderful having a new set of friends and allies in this work. Technology, especially when used…

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Social Work Beyond Human Rights

The first thing we acknowledged in planting our community garden was that we were planting into an already established community in the natural world, and we spent nearly 2 years developing our relationship with the land and its inhabitants before we planted anything into it. As a land based entity, our relationship with our garden and the forest we have planted guide all of our decisions. Here’s an interesting piece about the importance of expanding the concept of human rights to the non-human world.


by Steven W. Halady, PhD

Editor’s note: Steven Halady is a current MSW candidate (he entered the program with a PhD in Philosophy) and is the first student to write a guest blog post for SocialWorkSynergy. As Human Rights Day (December 10) approaches, his essay offers an expanded view of social justice and suggests a larger moral compass for the profession.

Human rights provide an important moral foundation for social work. Many social work practitioners, educators, and researchers acknowledge the ways in which human rights are an essential professional value. In its International Policy on Human Rights, the National Association of Social Workers notes that, “Human rights and social work are natural allies.” As Elizabeth Reichertwrites:

For too long, social workers have stood aside from human rights, considering discussion of the topic to be more international and legalistic. Fortunately, this reluctance to integrate human rights into social work…

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The “Third Space” in my creative practice

Textured Conversations

As a social work practitioner,( macro practice field instructor, non-profit manager and teaching artist), I have developed a fairly sophisticated toolkit over the years: intervention techniques, a practice philosophy, theoretical framework(s), professional relationships, world class training, evaluation strategies, international connections, e and the autonomy that comes with the ability to work in my own organization. At the center of my work is an arts-based creative practice which enables me to maintain a vision of empowering change in the lives of women, girls and families. I spend a lot of time in the “Third Space.”
The term “Third Space” describes “the sets of relationships forged by the arts and the context these relationships create for teaching and learning”(Hannula, 2001). It’s the atmosphere in a learning environment (i.e. my practice environment) where people are deeply engaged and able to take risks in a creative process. Third space as an arts concept is…

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