Tag Archives: macro social work

NASW, University of Michigan White House field placement paper explores macro policy practice and political social work

The White House in Washington DC

The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and University of Michigan have released a paper, The White House as a Field Placement Reflections on the Past and a Future for Policy and Political Practice, that features a speech by social worker and White House Fellow Harold Richman. The paper explores macro policy field placements, political social work, and policy practice ... Read More »

Formal and informal neighborhood social organization: Which promotes better resident health?

Residential neighborhoods have an effect on residents’ health, according to increasing research in health and social sciences. Neighborhood structural characteristics are consistently associated with individual health outcomes. For example, living in disadvantaged neighborhoods is associated with poorer health and an increased risk of developing chronic conditions such as hypertension. Similarly, neighborhood racial segregation is associated with poorer health for black ... Read More »

Latino Critical Perspective in Social Work

Social workers are challenged to broaden their perspectives and cultural competencies when dealing with clients, particularly clients from cultures that differ from the social worker’s home culture. Often it is helpful to bring in new theoretical perspectives when a social worker is dealing with a client from, for instance, a Latin American culture. In this case, Latino Critical Perspective, or ... Read More »

Going “Macro”: Exploring the Careers of Macro Practitioners

When social workers hold positions with substantial community or policy influence, important benefits accrue to the profession and it’s vulnerable clientele. However, fewer social workers are holding these positions than in the past, and student preferences to pursue macro-specific training have declined. What accounts for this decline, and can something be done to reverse it? There is not a single ... Read More »