Licensing at the Macro Level: Purpose and Goals. #MacroSW chat for 3-14-2019

Chat transcript

For our chat on March 14, our #MacroSW partner Stephen Cummings (@spcummings) will host a discussion on purpose and goals of licensing at the macro level.

As a feature of social work practice engagement, most jurisdictions offer licensure. This is often an expectation of advanced clinical social work practice. Less prevalent (yet available in some areas) is licensure for social workers working from a macro, or generalist, area of practice.

Join us this Thursday at 9:00 p.m. eastern on Twitter to discuss the purpose of macro-level licensure. How does this level of licensure serve the profession? Does the public benefit? Are you licensed at this level? What are your thoughts on this?

The Association of Social Work Boards provides the licensure exam for most jurisdictions in the United States, and provides an Advanced Generalist Social Work Licensing Examination as one of the possible licensing exams. Social workers employed in jurisdictions that recognize this level for social workers engaged in non-clinical settings.

Some questions we hope to cover:

  1. What is the purpose of professional social work licensure?
  2. What is the process for obtaining licensure in your area or jurisdiction?
  3. How does the social work profession benefit from macro-level licensure?
  4. How is the public served by social workers licensed at the macro level?
  5. Do you have a macro-level license? Do you work with a social worker who has this license? What is your experience?

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:

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