#MacroSW for 9/20/2018: Social work in these trying times.

Chat image 2018 Sept 20

As social workers, we know all too well the demands of our daily work.  We also know the importance of keeping ourselves informed of our world, from the local community to national and global events and conflicts. Factor in the rapid flow of information, where the news cycle is compressed ever more tightly, and we find ourselves working with multiple levels constantly, from micro-systems to macro-level policy.

In these trying times, it feels as if we need to be engaged multiple times a day at all levels.  For example, a social worker may be addressing multiple emergent needs at an agency (putting out fires) while providing expert testimony to a state legislator, while following the latest federal policy initiative announced this morning (one that could have a detrimental effect in the long-term if a campaign to respond isn’t started right away).

#Selfcare is important. Perhaps the framing here is different from taking care of one’s self…how do we calibrate our outlook, and our engagement, to meet the demands of this moment in history?

For this chat, let’s talk about social work in these trying times.

Here are some possible questions we may ask during this week’s chat:

  1. Are you having experiences now seem more difficult than ever?
  2. What outside forces or external stressors are making your practice or learning more complicated?
  3. In what ways do you manage your time to address all that you need to address?
  4. What are your hopes for the future?
  5. How does being in social work (as a practitioner, student, leader) help with life’s challenges? Does it help?
  6. What networks do you rely on to help with today’s challenges?

Here’s the podcast mini-episode, featuring the promo for this week’s chat:


About #MacroSW:

#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.

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