Episode 203 - Dr. Linda Plitt Donaldson, Dr. Kristie Holmes, and Dr. Charles E. Lewis, Jr.: Wanted: Social Workers on Capitol Hill
Monday, November 07, 2016, 7:43:19 AM
For a variety of reasons, social workers in the United States, unfortunately, often avoid becoming actively engaged in the political process. In this podcast, Drs. Linda Plitt Donaldson, Kristie Holmes, and Charles E. Lewis, Jr. discuss the importance of social workers pushing past their reticence and becoming more involved in the political process. The panel shares their thoughts and suggests a range of approaches from advocacy to running for political office.
what i learned from this podcast, Friday, February 10, 2017
By Charlene Syers :
As a MSW student interested in macro work, I found this podcast very motivating as all three speakers rallied to encourage social workers to become more politically involved. The speakers shared that many social workers are reluctant to get involved in social policy because it is scary and outside their comfort zone. Especially during this election cycle because of all the mudslinging and fighting or they don’t see politics as part of what they do as social workers. However, if we as social workers want things to change then we need to take a more active role in making the change. Some examples of political activism that were shared by the speakers in the podcast included, working to educate and engage people in the voting process, the success from organized resistance such as the Black Lives Matter movement to running for a political office and all that it demands. So it does not matter if you are a micro or macro social worker we all need to be more politically active in our communities and encourage others to do so as well so “we can be the change we wish to see in the world” – Mahatma Gandhi
social workers in politics, Thursday, February 02, 2017
By K. Feser :
I found this podcast to be very inspiring, especially considering our current political climate. I appreciated the panel’s perspective of the ways in which clinical social workers can get involved with macro level issues. The panel discussed how clinicians can find a cause that they, or their clients, resonate with and devote time to advocating for that issue. Throughout the podcast, the panel discussed the importance of direct care providers involving their clients in their advocacy initiatives, explaining the therapeutic benefits of such involvement. Additionally, I valued their reminder that micro and macro social work are not mutually exclusive. In order to practice in line with the Code of Ethics, we all, whether micro or macro practitioners, must promote and advocate for systemic change.
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