The Need in Social Work Community Organizing: Responding to Oligarchy with Access & Math

#SWNext #SocialWorkNext #Oligarchy   The Nobel prize for Economics was announced Monday. It went to Angus Deaton for work highlighting the mechanisms that perpetuate the wealth gap between the rich and the poor. It reminded me of one of the most troubling moments ever as a social worker. I cringe¬†when I hear another social worker […]

Beyond Teaching Them to Fish: Macro Social Work Economic Strategies

It’s a common Introduction to Social Work question. But, I am not sure that all educators provide the most complete answer. Most helping professions include a person-in-environment perspective. Holistic assessment including biological, psychological, social, and spiritual considerations actually began in medical care, not social work. So, What’s the difference between social work and other helping […]

Social Work Minimum Wage: Economics of Supply & Professional Demands

#socialwork #livablewage With the successes of the $15 per hour movement and other activities advocating a livable wage, social workers (and other lower wage professionals) are feeling some dissonance. Many are in favor of increased wages, but have twinge of discomfort as they see fast-food and baggage claim workers making more money than them. I […]

The Priorities of the Social Work Profession (2015)

#education #service #poor Social Work Next:¬†The Priorities What would be the domestic target list of priorities for a social work foundation? I provide my own list for your critique. Add these priorities to the practice mandate of environmental practice, the opportunity areas of any current time or context, and the potential of small associations (1000-5000 […]