Breaking Down Advocacy Silos to Strengthen Macro-Level Change

Social Workers & Community Psychologists, Allies from Intersecting Domains

Live online on July 21, 2016, starting 9 p.m. EDT

CLICK HERE to join the live chat on Twitter at that date & time

With pressing social issues and conflicts around the globe regularly calling out for intelligent, effective, and compassion solutions, the need for greater cooperation among diverse disciplines in the fields of community-related work is stronger now more than ever. Fostering interdisciplinary collaborations can go a long way in creating the macro-level societal change that impacts those issues. But as can be the case in academic fields of discourse, professionals hunker down in their “advocacy silos” (in the scientific professions, this can be called “stovepiping”) not aware of the larger context of other related fields and their resources, their interdependent relationships, and the great potential for healthful, societally beneficial collaboration.

Two fields in particular — community psychology and macro social work — share overlapping values and each field has unique talents and resources that they can share. How are the practices of macro social work and community psychology similar yet distinct? What can social workers and community psychologists do to collaborate for macro-level social change? Join us for a Twitter chat on Thursday, July 21, 9-10 p.m. EDT, for a discussion on these and other questions and related topics, including sharing of resources, practices, and research across these disciplines that are at the intersection of social change and working toward greater community well-being.

THE LINK TO JOIN THE CHAT: Join us live online on Twitter at #MacroSW, starting at 9 p.m. EDT on July 21, 2016, to listen in and participate in this discussion.

Hosts                  

Rachel L. West (@poliSW), L.M.S.W., Advocacy & Community Outreach Consultant, ACOSA (@acosaorg) Board Member, & Instructor at Stony Brook University-School of Social Welfare

Peter Charles Benedict, M.A. (@petebenedict), Outreach and Communications Specialist, Society for Community Research and Action (@scra)

Taylor Scott (@jtaybscott), Administrative Coordinator, Society for Community Research and Action

Special Guests                  

John N. Moritsugu (@jnm1949), Ph.D., SCRA President, Professor of Psychology, Pacific Lutheran University

James R. Cook, Ph.D. (@jimcookuncc), SCRA Past President, and Professor of Psychology, The University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Jean Hill , Ph.D. (@jeanhillnm), SCRA Past President, and Director of Institutional Research, New Mexico Highlands University

Questions we will consider in this twitter chat

  • What is community psychology and how is it distinct yet similar to social work?
  • What are the primary goals and motivations of community psychology?
  • What resources (practices, research, etc.) does community psychology offer?
  • What resources does macro social work offer?
  • What questions do you have about either community psychology or macro social work?
  • How can social workers and community psychologists better work together to share resources and collaborate?
  • What were some good collaborations you were a part of, and what were the benefits?
  • What types of circumstances have you found yourself in that would have benefited from a collaboration, and if it didn't happen, then why not?

New to Twitter? It’s not just for celebrities and hipsters — see how Twitter can act as a useful tool for information exchange among professional communities! See why scientists should tweet (Barncard, 2014; Bonetta, 2009), and how Twitter can aid our goals for social change (Rachel West; Taylor Scott & J’Vonnah Maryman (PDF file download).

Also, to get oriented to Twitter use, check out Twitter as a Tool for Social Change (PDF file download).

New to Twitter chats? You can find a handy Twitter Chat FAQs.

Tips for this 7/21/16 Twitter chat: (1) Be sure to start all tweets and replies with #MacroSW. This will help to ensure that your tweets get through to the live feed for this chat, so that everyone can see them.

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(3) To see the live #MacroSW feed and post a new tweet at the same time, use the Tweet Button (pen symbol) in the upper right corner of pages on the Twitter website. 


What is Community Psychology?

Check out a brief VIDEO that describes community psychology. You can find additional information on the website for the Society for Community Research and Action (SCRA), which describes CP research, training programs, and includes information on and relevant resources. Also find SCRA on Twitter (@scra), Facebook, and LinkedIn.  

Community psychology goes beyond an individual focus and integrates social, cultural, economic, political, environmental, and international influences to promote positive change, health, and empowerment at individual and systemic levels.

Depending on one’s training, experiences, and preferences, community psychologists can work as educators, professors, program directors, consultants, policy developers, evaluators; and researchers in community organizations, universities, or government agencies to promote mental health and community well-being.

  • We seek to expand “helping” beyond traditional psychotherapy to promote wellness.
  • We engage in action-oriented research to develop, implement, and evaluate programs.
  • We base our work on a scientific foundation to better understand the multiple influences of the social environment on health and wellness
  • We build collaborative relationships with community members, groups, and organizations to solve social problems.
  • We consult with and provide tools to organizations to build capacity to address social problems such as exploitation and victimization.
  • We analyze government, civic life, and workplace settings in order to understand and improve fair and diverse participation.
  • We fight oppression, work to reduce social inequalities, and work with marginalized people toward their empowerment.

What is Macro Social Work?

The Association for Community Organization and Social Administration

The Society for Community Research and Action (@scra), a division of the American Psychological Association, is an 1,100-member professional organization devoted to advancing community research and social action, and it also serves and supports many different disciplines engaged in community work. SCRA members are committed to promoting health and empowerment and to preventing problems in communities, groups, and individuals. SCRA’s vision is to have a strong, global impact on enhancing well-being and promoting social justice for all people by fostering collaboration where there is division and empowerment where there is oppression. Learn more at scra27.org.

#MacroSW Twitter Chat 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. You can learn more at macrosw.com.

Current Chat Partners of #MacroSW:

  • Association for Community Organization and Social Administration (ACOSA), @acosaorg
  • Jeff Fromknecht, MSW, Attorney & Counselor at Law at Side Project Inc., @SideProjectInc
  • Karen Zgoda, MSW, LCSW, Instructor of Social Work at Bridgewater State University@karenzgoda
  • Kristin Battista-Frazee, MSW, Author and Marketing Consultant,@porndaughter
  • Laurel Hitchcock, PhD, Assistant Professor of Social Work, University of Alabama at Birmingham, @laurelhitchcock
  • Pat Shelly, Director of Community Engagement and Expansion, University at Buffalo School of Social Work@ubssw and@PatShellySSW
  • Rachel L. West, LMSW, The Political Social Worker, @poliSW
  • Relando Thompkins-Jones, MSW, LLMSW, writer of Notes from an Aspiring Humanitarian (N.A.H.) @Relando_T and @N_A_H_Blog
  • Sunya Folayan, MSW, ACSW, founder/executive director, The Empowerment Project, Inc., @SunyaFolayan

 

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