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date: 28 June 2022

The Special Commission to Advance Macro Practicelocked

The Special Commission to Advance Macro Practicelocked

  • Darlyne Bailey, Darlyne BaileyBryn Mawr College
  • Terry MizrahiTerry MizrahiHunter College, City University of New York
  •  and Jenay SmithJenay SmithBryn Mawr College


The original goal of the Special Commission to Advance Macro Practice in Social Work was to increase macro social work courses and enrollments in master of social work programs to 20% nationally by 2020. Some saw this as more of a vision, with the numbers in 2013 closer to 8%. Nonetheless, through partnerships with other organizations, forming collaborations and networks, and joining advocacy coalitions, the Special Commission continues to move forward to achieve this goal. The essence of the Special Commission’s purpose remains the same: to monitor and reinforce the viability of macro social work education in professional schools and programs to ensure the most effective social work practice for all served.

This article provides the story of the Special Commission from inception through early 2022. It begins with the history (i.e., mission, leadership, structure, staffing, systems, and strategy), highlights accomplishments to date, and concludes with the envisioned future directions of the Special Commission along with anticipated challenges and opportunities. A case example in the appendix describes the process by which the Special Commission engaged its allies and supporters to complete major projects.


  • Macro Practice

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