Screen Shot 2015-06-15 at 3.07.50 PMOn April 23, ACSWA co-hosted a conversation about common ground in micro- and macro-practice of social work—a sometimes controversial topic.

This chat showed that there are many intersections between clinical/micro practice and macro practice, the yin and yang of our profession. A clinician can both make a difference in a client’s life and influence policy. A macro practitioner can create change across large systems, which can affect individuals. Despite differences, we share a strengths-based perspective and know that people’s environments direct affect their well-being. The chat generated many tweets about the importance of clinicians and macro social social workers drawing on each other as experts. Other topics were the importance of teaching the concepts of micro and macro together in the schools and in agencies.

The Twitter chat reminds us of our common principles and the need to keep trying to bridge the micro-macro gaps. We all have vital roles to play in addressing society’s most complex healthcare problems, and in finding new ways forward in healthcare reform and evidence-based practice.

Here’s a selection of tweets from this chat:

Where we go from here has yet to be discovered but as long as we keep the conversation going, we’ll be sure to make great strides. We welcome your thoughts and next steps about this topic and feel free to share your story about how your direct care work has been applied for changing your community.

Review the Storify of our chat.

Here’s a few resources on the topic.

The #MacroSW chats are held bimonthly on Twitter on the second and fourth Thursday of each month at 9 p.m. EST (6 p.m. PST). We encourage you to participate. For more information, chat schedule, and chat archives check out:

Images via twitter.


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