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date: 26 February 2024

Macro Social Work Practicelocked

Macro Social Work Practicelocked

  • F. Ellen Netting, F. Ellen NettingVirginia Commonwealth University
  • M. Lori ThomasM. Lori ThomasUniversity of North Carolina at Charlotte
  •  and Jan IveryJan IveryGeorgia State University

Summary

Macro social work practice includes those activities performed in organizational, community, and policy arenas. Macro practice has a diverse history that reveals conflicting ideologies and draws from interdisciplinary perspectives within the United States and around the world. Much has been written about how to balance macro and micro roles and how social work education can inform this balance. Organization and community theories, as well as theories of power, politics, and change inform macro practice. Macro practice models and methods include organization and community practice; community organizing, development, and planning; and policy practice, all of which underscore the social work profession’s emphasis on using a person-in-environment perspective. Underlying issues and future opportunities for macro practitioners include, but are not limited to, addressing equity, inclusion, and human rights; leading sustainability and environmental justice efforts; recognizing the importance of data, evidence, and accountability; and keeping up-to-date on technology and innovation.

Subjects

  • Administration and Management
  • International and Global Issues
  • Macro Practice
  • Policy and Advocacy
  • Social Justice and Human Rights
  • Social Work Profession

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