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The #MacroSW Podcast
11 minutes | Feb 26, 2021
Get Talking: How to Advocate via Podcast (Podcast)
Welcome to another new episode of the #MacroSW podcast. Host, Alyssa Lotmore (Twitter @AlyssaLotmore), discusses how to use podcasts for advocacy. She shares how she became involved with ‘The Social Workers Radio Talk Show’ (Twitter @SocialWorkersFM) and how that experience led her to see the power of voice via radio and podcasts for advocacy. #MacroSW Podcast – Advocating via Podcast #MacroSW Podcast Host,Alyssa Lotmore Subscribe: Apple , Google , Stitcher , Spotify
16 minutes | Jan 31, 2021
Get Typing: Writing Opinion Pieces for Advocacy (Podcast)
Welcome to another new episode of the #MacroSW podcast. Host, Alyssa Lotmore (Twitter @AlyssaLotmore), chats with Joe Bonilla (Twitter @Joe_Bonilla) of Relentless Awareness to discuss how to write an opinion piece and why. MacroSW Podcast – Writing Opinion Pieces for Advocacy #MacroSW Podcast Host,Alyssa Lotmore, LMSW Subscribe: Apple , Google , Stitcher , Spotify
19 minutes | Nov 14, 2020
Social Workers Are Essential Workers (Podcast)
Welcome to Episode 12 of the Fall 2020 #MacroSW podcast. Host, Alyssa Lotmore (Twitter – @AlyssaLotmore) recaps the Fall 2020 #MacroSW chat series. In this final episode of the Fall 2020 Podcast season, Alyssa shares a clip where she had interviewed three medical social workers from Albany Medical Center who discussed their role as essential workers during the first New York surge of the COVID-19 pandemic in spring of 2020. #MacroSW Podcast Episode 12 #MacroSW Podcast Host,Alyssa Lotmore Subscribe: Apple , Google , Stitcher , Spotify
12 minutes | Nov 7, 2020
Social Workers Unite: Reflecting on 2020 (Podcast)
Welcome to Episode 11 of the Fall 2020 #MacroSW podcast. Host, Alyssa Lotmore (Twitter – @AlyssaLotmore) is joined by one of the #MacroSW partners, Vilissa Thompson (Twitter – @VilissaThompson). Vilissa will be hosting the last #MacroSW chat of the Fall semester. #MacroSW Podcast Episode 11 #MacroSW Podcast Host, Alyssa Lotmore Subscribe: Apple , Google , Stitcher , Spotify
14 minutes | Oct 31, 2020
If A Social Worker Was Elected President (Podcast)
Welcome to Episode 10 of the Fall 2020 #MacroSW podcast. In this past chat, participants were invited to consider the platform they believed the nation needs at this time, and the actions they would take on January 20, 2021 if they were elected President of the United States. Those who participated shared what their first day’s initiatives would be. Host, Alyssa Lotmore (Twitter – @AlyssaLotmore) is joined by the host of that chat, one of the Macro SW partners, Sunya Folayan (Twitter – @SunyaFolayan). #MacroSW Podcast – Episode 10 #MacroSW Podcast Host,Alyssa Lotmore Subscribe: Apple , Google , Stitcher , Spotify
14 minutes | Oct 24, 2020
Social Workers and Media Advocacy (Podcast)
Welcome to Episode 9 of the Fall 2020 #MacroSW podcast. Host, Alyssa Lotmore (Twitter @AlyssaLotmore), continues the discussion on how social workers are activists and advocates. She includes a past interview with Joe Bonilla of Relentless Awareness who shares tips as to how social workers can use the media to help raise awareness and advocate for the issues we care about. #MacroSW Podcast – Episode 9 #MacroSW Podcast Host,Alyssa Lotmore Subscribe: Apple , Google , Stitcher , Spotify
13 minutes | Oct 17, 2020
Social Workers Taking Action (Podcast)
Welcome to Episode 8 of the Fall 2020 #MacroSW podcast. Host, Alyssa Lotmore (Twitter @AlyssaLotmore), continues the discussion on how social workers can take action against racism. #MacroSW Podcast, Episode 8 #MacroSW Podcast Host,Alyssa Lotmore Subscribe: Apple , Google , Stitcher , Spotify
10 minutes | Oct 10, 2020
How Social Work Educators Are Taking Action (Podcast)
Welcome to Episode 7 of the Fall 2020 #MacroSW podcast. Host, Alyssa Lotmore (Twitter @alyssalotmore), speaks with #MacroSW chat contributor, Pat Shelly of @UBSSW, to discuss the upcoming chat about how social work educators are taking action against police brutality and structural racism. #MacroSW Podcast – Episode 7 #MacroSW Podcast Host, Alyssa Lotmore Subscribe: Apple , Google , Stitcher , Spotify
15 minutes | Oct 3, 2020
Legislative Advocacy (Podcast)
Welcome to Episode 6 of the Fall 2020 #MacroSW podcast. Host, Alyssa Lotmore (Twitter @alyssalotmore), discusses the upcoming chat on how and why to contact your Legislator. Guest: Joe Bonilla of Relentless Awareness who works in the political arena. #MacroSW Podcast Episode 6 – Legislative Advocacy Host: Alyssa Lotmore Subscribe: Apple , Google , Stitcher , Spotify
10 minutes | Sep 26, 2020
The Impact of COVID-19 (Podcast)
Welcome to Episode 5 of the Fall 2020 #MacroSW podcast. Host, Alyssa Lotmore (Twitter @alyssalotmore), continues the discussion about last week’s chat on advocacy at home and how we can raise awareness about all of the populations that are impacted by COVID-19. #MacroSW Podcast – Episode 5 #MacroSW Podcast Host, Alyssa Lotmore Subscribe: Apple , Google , Stitcher , Spotify
14 minutes | Oct 30, 2019
10/31/19 #MacroSW, Inc.: Looking Forward.
Chat transcript #MacroSW has been holding chats for several years now. We’ve gone from monthly scheduled chats to weekly chats. We’ve aligned with Macro-focused organizations while maintaining independence, engaging with social work practitioners, educators, and students. Last year, we incorporated, becoming a Benefits Corps. We hope to expand to new areas, in order to reach more people interested in engaging, supporting and promoting macro-level social work education and practice. Join us 10/31/19 night for a look at the past, present, and future of MacroSW, Inc. Partner Rachel L. West @poliSW will host. Topics we’ll focus on for this chat: The history of #MacroSW chats. How has this chat structure changed over the years? The structure of our organization. What are we, exactly? What’s a Benefit Corp? Upcoming projects and events. What are we up to? What’s on the horizon? Mid-term and long-term projects. Beyond this year, what is the vision for MacroSW, Inc?
10 minutes | Oct 21, 2019
Connecting Beyond the Conference: #MacroSW Chat 10-24-19
Chat transcript For this week’s #MacroSW chat, our partner Stephen Cummings and contributor Pat Shelly will be hosting, direct from the Council of Social Work Education’s 19th Annual Program Meeting (#APM19) in Denver. Yes, Stephen and Pat will be chatting about the conference while at the conference. #APM19 will host thousands of CSWE members, including social work professors, program members, and graduate students. The event is a way for research to be shared, missions and philosophies to be discussed, and to meet people to add to our networks. We invite all those #NotAtAPM19 to join in with your questions and comments. We’ll be using #MacroSW and #APM19 hashtags for this chat. Some questions for discussion: 1. What benefits have you experienced attending a professional or academic conference? (This can be any conference, whether it’s local, state, national, or international). 2. What are the major concerns with large-scale conferences like the #APM? 3. CSWE APM Theme for 2019: Social Work Education: Looking Back, Looking Forward – What do you see when you look back at #SocWorkEd? What do you see looking forward? 4. Attendees of #APM19: What are you excited about this year? Please post your own presentations. 5. Those #NotAtAPM19 – what questions do you have? Join us at 9 p.m. EDT / 7 p.m. MDT for the #MacroSW Twitter chat, live from Denver, Colorado. Listen to this week’s podcast
12 minutes | Oct 14, 2019
#MacroSW Chat 10/17/2019: Personal Brand and Politics
Image from Women’s March 2017 Chat transcript A personal brand is what people think and feel when they hear your name. But what do people think about you when you start talking about politics? Today, our nation is polarized and political discussion has damaged relationships and changed how we feel about our neighbors, family, and colleagues. It can be tricky for social workers to balance a personal brand with politics since social work and political engagement are intertwined with our mission. Join us on Thursday, October 17 at 9 p.m. Eastern (6 p.m. Pacific) for the #MacroSW chat, Personal Brand and Politics, to discuss how social workers can stay true to their values and manage a personal brand. First, you will need to identify your attributes (values, strengthens, challenges, skills, passions, etc), clarify your goals, and understand your audience and what problem you are solving for them to determine how politics fits in within your brand. Next, how and to whom you communicate your brand creates an enduring perception. Most importantly be authentic and true to yourself. Questions/discussion points we will explore: What you need to know about your brand before diving into political activism. How can you talk about politics and manage your brand? What factors play a role in how and if you should engage in politic discussion and/or activities?How can you keep politic debate from devolving into angry discourse? As our nation faces the impeachment of President Trump and another election year is on the horizon, engagement in the political arena has gone beyond a difference of opinion and become a fight for democracy and social justice. Social workers will continue to be a key part of the political process in our quest as America citizens for a more perfect union. Resources: The New Social Worker Your Social Work Brand (#YourSWBrand) about personal branding for social workers. Blog about What We Can Learn About Personal Branding from Donald Trump. NASW Code of Ethics PWC’s personal brand workbook Listen to this week’s podcast!!
8 minutes | Oct 8, 2019
Safety for Activists #MacroSW Chat for October 10, 2019
Chat transcript There is often a high price to pay for being an activist, including feeling emotionally drained, being viewed as a troublemaker, placing one’s job in jeopardy, and becoming the target of backlash from colleagues at work or of harassment from intolerant individuals. ( Kiselica & Robinson, 2001) Social change work is sort of like home remodeling and repair: any project undertaken will require a lot more time, resources and effort than anticipated. Social change is slow, labor-intensive, and often inefficient. Every new plank of change put into place can be torn down by fear and backlash, and we often have to rebuild again and again. The rebuilding can take place internally, and interpersonally, Each of us must define for ourselves what safe spaces and postures look like, and ways to access them. Many times we become tired and discouraged in the process. (Toporek, R. L., et. al., 2006). Our strength for the ongoing struggle can be found in collaboration and coalition building. By working together we can educate others, and use our professional ethics and acumen to tear down ignorance and discrimination. We can use our unique perspective to analyze gender, sexuality, race, ability, and power as a force for change to dismantle structures that marginalize, isolate and oppress. Join us in discussing safety for activists this Thursday October, 10, at 9 pm as we discuss the following: What does safety for activists include? How do you define safety for yourself? What concerns do you have for present-day activists working for change? What can we do better to ensure safety for activists? What are you/ your agency/your community doing to ensure activists are safe? References Kiselica, M.S., & Robinson, M. (2001). Bringing advocacy counseling to life: The history, issues, and human dramas of social justice work.
6 minutes | Sep 29, 2019
Disasters, Climate Change, & Social Work
Chat transcript For this #MacroSW chat, we will be talking about disasters, climate change, and social work. The evidence is clear that there is a link between climate change and extreme weather events, resulting in increased frequency and impact of disasters, including tornadoes, hurricanes, tsunamis, and drought. Because vulnerable populations are at greatest risk for suffering the most significant losses after a disaster, social workers should play a vital role in disaster mitigation, relief, recovery and rebuilding. The following principles of sustainable disaster recovery can be a helpful guideline for social workers: (1) Restore, maintain and enhance quality of life; (2) Promote social equity (intra-generational justice); (3) Promote inter-generational justice; (4) Address environmental concerns; and (5) Facilitate public participation. Though social workers tend to focus on mental health and trauma after a disaster, these principles focus on macro practice solutions and thus there is a need for social workers to be more explicitly involved in community disaster practice. In addition, the recovery and rebuilding period is often forgotten in the era of the CNN effect when we lose sight of issues when they leave our screens. Consider that support is still needed for communities recovering from Hurricane Maria which happened 2 years ago. Chat Questions Q1: In what ways are disasters and climate change relevant to social workers? Q2: Who are the people that are most vulnerable in disasters? Q3: Who are the key actors in disaster recovery? Q4: What are the barriers to equitable disaster recovery? Q5: What can social workers do to mitigate disasters before they happen? Resources: Kirchgaessner, S. (2015, June 18). Pope’s climate change encyclical tells rich nations: Pay your debt to the poor. The Guardian. http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/jun/18/popes-climate-change-encyclical-calls-on-rich-nations-to-pay-social-debt Klein, N. (2014). This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate. New York: Simon & Schuster. Policy Statement on Sustainability, Climate Change and Natural Disasters. International Association of Schools of Social Work (IASSW) https://www.iassw-aiets.org/sustainability-climate-change-disaster-intervention-committee/ Svistova, J. and Pyles, L. (2018). Production of Disaster and Recovery in Post-Earthquake Haiti: Disaster Industrial Complex. Routledge. Hosted by Chat Contributor, Alyssa Lotmore, LMSW – @AlyssaLotmore Alyssa is employed at the University at Albany’s School of Social Welfare, where she earned her BSW and MSW degrees. In addition to her main role working with alumni, she has been co-hosting The Social Workers Radio Talk Show on the University’s FM radio station (WCBD 90.9 FM) since 2013 (Twitter – @socialworkersfm; website – http://thesocialworkersradiotalkshow.simplecast.fm/). Alyssa created the course Media Savvy Social Work, which allows students hands-on practice in using the medium of radio for advocacy. She has given multiple presentations on the topic, including at the National Association of Social Workers National Conference in Washington, DC. Through all of her projects, her focus is on seeing the public as client, and using different forms of media to reach individuals who may never has considered seeing or using a social worker. As social work professionals, she believes that we need to be media savvy in sharing our expertise and raising awareness about issues that we care about. Guest Expert, Loretta Pyles – @llpyles Loretta Pyles, PhD, is Professor at the School of Social Welfare at the University at Albany, SUNY. She is also a meditation and yoga teacher, workshop leader, organizational consultant, and activist. The 3rd edition of her book, Progressive Community Organizing: Transformative Practice in a Globalizing World will be published by Routledge Press in 2020. Her most recent book is Healing Justice: Holistic Self-Care for Change Makers (Oxford University Press, 2018). Her work has been funded by the National Science Foundation and the focus of her research, writing, and community work has been on the areas of disasters, violence against women, crisis/trauma, racial/economic/gender/environmental justice, and body-mind-spirit practice. Listen to this week’s podcast!
9 minutes | Sep 23, 2019
Addressing the Opioid Crisis – #MacroSW 9/26 at 9pm EST
Editor’s Note: This is our first Patreon Influencer benefit! We are a group of Western Michigan University MSW students currently studying Social Welfare Policy. Chat transcript Each day an average of 130 people in the United States die from opioid-related overdoses. 46 of these overdoses involve prescription opioids, such as oxycodone and hydrocodone. In the 1990s, drug companies such as Purdue Pharma, shamelessly marketed prescription opioids as safe, non-addictive methods of pain management. Traveling across the country, Purdue Pharma respresentatives informed physicians that opioid pain relievers did not lead to addiction for over 90 percent of studied patients. In truth, addiction occurred in nearly 57 percent of opioid prescription users for chronic pain management. Today, Purdue Pharma has declared bankruptcy and over 400,000 people have died from opioid-related overdoses from 1999 to 2017. From 2010 to 2017, heroin over-dose deaths increased by over five times and a study conducted from 2000 to 2013 determined that 3 out of 4 heroin users first abused prescription opioids. In 2017, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced their Five-Point Strategy for addressing the opioid crisis, allocating thousands of dollars in federal resources for treatment, prevention, and on-going research. In short, the effects of the opioid crisis have extended far beyond the “individual-level” and have permeated our medical and childwelfare systems. During the Twitter chat we will discuss major policies, recent lawsuits, and implications for future macro social work practice. If you or a loved one are suffering from an opioid use disorder and wish to seek treatment please call the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services (SAMHSA) National Helpline at 1-800-662-HELP (4357). Operators will assist you in locating treatment providers in your area. For more information visit their website: https://www.samhsa.gov/find-help/national-helpline Additional reading to better understand the opioid crisis: Here are questions we will discuss: 1. How effective do you think the U.S. DHHS Five-Point Strategy will be in addressing the opioid crisis? Are there any other priorities/considerations you think should be taken into account? https://www.hhs.gov/opioids/about-the-epidemic/hhs-response/index.html 2. Purdue Pharma recently recived juducial approval to continue paying employees $26 million in wages, benefits, and even bonuses. Due to lawsuits from Native American governments and multiple counties, Purdue Pharma declared bankruptcy. Do you think that the judge made the right decision? https://www.cnn.com/2019/09/20/us/purdue-pharma-bankruptcy-hearing/index.html https://www.cnn.com/2019/09/16/us/purdue-pharma-bankruptcy-filing/index.html 3. How can we alleviate the compounding effects of opioids use on different systems, such as the child welfare system and medical system. (Carol) 4. How do we resolve the criminalization of drug use (how crack cocaine was addressed vs opiates)… (Tonitta) 5. What actions do you believe macro social workers should take to prevent the next epidemic? How do we expand the discussion to the greater communities around us? Chat Resources: 1. https://www.hhs.gov/opioids/about-the-epidemic/index.html 2. https://www.cdc.gov/drugoverdose/epidemic/index.html 3. https://www.samhsa.gov/find-help/national-helpline (national helpline that offers assistance in finding drug treatment services in your area) 4. https://www.hhs.gov/opioids/about-the-epidemic/hhs-response/index.html 5. https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/CFR-1997-title21-vol4/pdf/CFR-1997-title21-vol4-sec291-501.pdf 6. https://www.cnn.com/2019/09/20/us/purdue-pharma-bankruptcy-hearing/index.html7. https://www.cnn.com/2019/09/16/us/purdue-pharma-bankruptcy-filing/index.html Check out this week’s podcast!
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