Past Twitter Chats

Keep Calm and Community On: Sustaining yourself in community work

Promo Graphic for 20180921 Twitter ChatSeptember 21, 2018, 3-4 p.m. Eastern 

This twitter chat will give participants an opportunity to ask questions and discuss their thoughts and experiences related to a recent blog post, "Sustaining oneself in community work: three key aspects." Hosting the twitter chat will be the author of the blog post, Jordan Jurinsky @Jordan_Jurinsky, who is currently a student at Vanderbilt University in the Community Development and Action graduate program. 

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

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.


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

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?

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

#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


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